The Andrea Rizzo Foundation I want to give back some of what I have been fortunate enough to receive

 About Us

Our Mission The Andréa Rizzo Foundation will raise funds to help children with cancer and special needs, fostering Andréa’s dreams of providing dance therapy to children with cancer and special education needs. A non-profit corporation, the Foundation is dedicated to the growth and success of Dréa’s Dream, a dance therapy/expressive movement program for pediatric and young adult populations in hospitals, special education classrooms and medical settings throughout the country. The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) non profit organization in the United States that provides grants that directly fund dance/movement therapy programming exclusively for children with cancer and special needs. Programs are led by registered Dance/Movement Therapists (R-DMT and BC-DMT) . In addition, the Foundation funds expressive movement programs for the same pediatric population under the direction of dance professionals of the highest caliber.

About Andréa Andrea RizzoAndréa Rizzo had a love of life that was felt by all who knew her. She was a loving daughter, only child, compassionate friend, dedicated Special Education teacher, gifted dancer and childhood cancer survivor. She was attending graduate school at NYU in hopes of becoming a dance therapist so that she could share her love of dance and its positive impact on her life with the lives of fragile children. She herself had been treated and cured of cancer as a very young child at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. On May 19, 2002, Dréa’s life was cut short by a drunk driver as she returned home from attending a dance performance, but her passion for children and dance live on. With determination from family and friends Drea’s Dream is being fulfilled! Thank you, Dré, for having such a wonderful vision! Andréa loved life, family, friends, children and dance!

Dréa’s Dream is a dance therapy/expressive movement program for children with cancer and special needs funded by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation.

The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in the United States that provides grants that exclusively fund dance therapy programming for children with cancer and special needs. Services are provided by trained Dance/Movement Therapists (R-DMT’s and BC-DMT’s) registered with the American Dance Therapy Association. In addition, the Foundation funds expressive movement programs that are directed by dance professionals of the highest caliber.

What is Dance/Movement Therapy? The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as: “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.” Dance therapists are dancers who are trained in both dance therapy and counseling or psychotherapy. They work in a wide variety of settings, such as psychiatric and medical hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, community mental health agencies, schools and special education settings, wellness centers and private practice.


Our Video Profiles

Visit the Sloan-Kettering homepage

Visit the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA homepage tells Andréa’s story… Watch Part 2




















Board of Directors

President: Susan Rizzo Vincent, Organizational Founder

Vice President: Donald Mollitor

Vice President:  Michael Battaglia, Esq.

Secretary:  Maureen West

Recording Secretary:  Theresa Schimmel

Treasurer:  Claudette Downey

Asst. Treasurer: Faith MacDonald

Advisory Board

Dr. Christopher Bentley, O.D.

Marlborough Family Practice

Marlborough, CT

Amy Bullock, MS Ed., CCLS

Director, Child Life Development Services

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

Mary Connolly

Vice Chairperson of the Newport RI City Council

Professional Lecturer in Education

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

Greg Cummings

Marketing Advisor

Robyn Flaum Cruz, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC

Editor-in-Chief, The Arts in Psychotherapy

President, The American Dance Therapy Association

Assoc. Professor & Coordinator of Dance Therapy

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Janice DeFrances, Ed.D.

CEO/President, Harmony Hill School, RI

Day & Residential Treatment Center

For Severe & Emotionally Disabled Youth

Diane Duggan, Ph.D., BC-DMT

Licensed Psychologist / Registered Dance Therapist

New York City Dept. of Education

Adjunct Asst. Professor

Graduate School of Dance Education & Special Education

New York University, NY


Rhee Gold

Publisher, Dance Studio Life Magazine

Producer, DanceLife TV

Christopher Gray

Executive Director, Designate A Driver (D-A-D), RI

Malissa Morrell, MA, ATR, MFTI

Arts Coordinator

Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, CA

Nina Pickett, M.H.A

Administrator, Dept. of Pediatrics

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY

Andrea Ricci


WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team

Simone Zappa, R.N., M.B.A

Director of Medical Affairs

NY Presbyterian Hospital, NY

Catherine L. Tully


Outside Europe Representative,

National Dance Teachers Association, UK

Burr Tomlinson

Northern RI Business Relations Marketing Coordinator

Rhode Island Medical Imaging

Pamela Caira

Artistic Director

Step by Step Dance Studio, Waltham, MA

Rachel White Ball
Master Teacher
Rachel White Ballet

Michelle Rogers
Miller Street Dance Academy, NC & SC

On Your Toes Dancewear, MA

Diane King
Executive Director
Broadway Dance Center, NYC