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Keynote Speaker | Artist | Psychotherapist l Activist

VANIA is an award-winning speaker and the Founder of Dancin Power, a nonprofit organization that breaks barriers in medicine. Using the healing power of music, movement and mindfulness, Dancin Power improves the quality of life of hospitalized, traumatized children.


Vania’s keynote speeches inspire audiences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia. She’s spoken at the British Medical Journal’s International Forum, Stanford MedicineX, Albert Einstein Hospital’s Latin America Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Institute for Healthcare Improvement - IHI, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente National Quality Conference, UC Berkeley, among many other forums and conferences. Her work has been featured on NowThis, Huffington Post, NBC, among other platforms. 


She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies CIIS- San Francisco, and works as a therapist with populations facing trauma. 

Originally from Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, Vania has made California her home for the past 20 years.


Vania’s keynotes have been inspiring and moving audiences in the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia. 

"In tears as I listen to keynote speaker Vania Deonizio share her incredible story of grit, perseverance, and dedication and how it led her to her life's calling". –Angelo Lima, IHI



Over a decade ago, Vania founded Dancin Power, a nonprofit  organization that teaches 100% free of charge adapted dance lessons to hospitalized children to improve their quality of life.


Inspired to offer the same life-changing adapted dance lessons to people of all ages who live with disabilities, Vania spearheaded and launched a new Dancin Power (DP) campaign Dance is For Everybody.

A special t-shirt was designed for the campaign, where the proceeds help raise awareness and support dance programs that provide adapted dance lessons to both children and adults living with visible and invisible disabilities. 

Our beating heart is our natural rhythm.

We are all born dancers 

--------------------------------   Vania Deonizio  ------------------------------------

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