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Classes & Camps

After school, weekend and summer programs for children and teens at Destiny’s North Oakland center provide skills training in dance, martial arts and performance, as well as tools for confidence, leadership and expression through our esteemed violence prevention curriculum.

At Destiny, caring adult mentors coupled with an inclusive, multi-cultural community, and an innovative curriculum make our programs more than something to do, more than a place to go. Destiny gives young people a way to be.

Please refer to our Fees & Registration page for information on how to sign a student up for classes or camps.

DON’T MISS OUR EXCITING NEW ADULT CLASSES AND FAMILY PROGRAMS, FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW!

FALL CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8th

PLEASE REFER TO OUR FEES & REGISTRATION FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES


Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Saturday


MONDAY

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
YOUTH MODERN DANCE | ages 7-12

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | K-3rd grade

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | 4th grade & above

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (starting Monday, September 29)
YOUTH MOVEMENT at Destiny | ages 14-17 FREE
Includes two Saturday community service days | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on 11/1 & 11/15


TUESDAY

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
YOUTH HIP HOP | ages 7-12

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
TEEN MODERN DANCE | ages 13-18

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TEEN HIP HOP DANCE | ages 13-18

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
DESTINY JUNIOR COMPANY REHEARSAL | ages 9-12 (by audition only)

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DESTINY ARTS YOUTH PERFORMANCE CO. REHEARSAL | ages 13-18 (by audition only)

MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES AT OAKLAND KAJUKENBO (Destiny’s cousin martial arts school):

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | All ranks K-4th grade

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | All ranks 5th-7th grade

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | All ranks 8th grade-adults

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (starting Tuesday, September 30)
YOUTH MOVEMENT at Youth Hub | ages 18-22 FREE
Includes two Saturday community service days | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on 11/1 & 11/15


WEDNESDAY

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
YOUTH MODERN DANCE | ages 7-12

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | K-3rd grade

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | 4th grade & above


THURSDAY

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
YOUTH HIP HOP | ages 7-12

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
TEEN MODERN DANCE | ages 13-18

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TEEN HIP HOP DANCE | ages 13-18

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
DESTINY JUNIOR COMPANY REHEARSAL | ages 9-12 (by audition only)

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DESTINY ARTS YOUTH PERFORMANCE CO. REHEARSAL | ages 13-18 (by audition only)

MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES AT OAKLAND KAJUKENBO (Destiny’s cousin martial arts school):

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | All ranks K-4th grade

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | All ranks 5th-7th grade

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | All ranks 8th grade-adults


SATURDAY

9:00 am – 10:00 am
LITTLE TIGERS KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | ages 3-pre-k 5
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | K-3rd grade

10:00 am – 11:00 am
TEDDY BEAR HIP HOP | ages 3-6
YOUTH HIP HOP | ages 7-12

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TEDDY BEAR HIP HOP | ages 3-6
YOUTH HIP HOP | ages 7-12

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
YOUTH BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE | ages 7-12 FREE
TEEN HIP HOP | ages 13-18

MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES AT OAKLAND KAJUKENBO (Destiny’s cousin martial arts school):

9:00 am – 10:00 am
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | Advanced Green belts & up; 8th grade & older

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
KAJUKENBO MARTIAL ARTS | Family Class; All ages K-adults

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
ESKRIMA MARTIAL ARTS | Ranked Kajukenbo students only

FALL CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8th

PLEASE REFER TO OUR FEES AND REGISTRATION PAGE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES

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Dance | Martial Arts | Performance Companies

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YOUTH MOVEMENT

LGBTQQI2-S Youth Movement groups
Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex, and their allies, will build a safe space together while learning powerful leadership skills through group building games, discussion, visual arts, theater and movement activities.  Youth will be trained in arts-activist political education facilitation, and will be given paid opportunities to train other youth. This is also an opportunity for participating youth to collaborate with the renowned Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), creating work focused on LGBTQQI2-S relevant topics to be performed in our annual pre-professional production. 

Monday | 5:00 – 7:00 pm | ages 14-17 (starting Monday, September 29 @ Destiny)

Tuesday | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | ages 18-22 (starting Tuesday, September 30 @ Youth Impact Hub)

Saturday Community Service Days | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on 11/1 & 11/15

Step Up Step Out! Mentoring Circles | 6:00 – 8:00 pm (once a month on Fridays)

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MARTIAL ARTS

Youth & Teen Martial Arts
Destiny Arts Center has a rich and vibrant tradition of martial arts practice.  The martial arts program offers students a lively and intense training experience with a focus on good health, self-defense and community building.  The style being taught at Destiny Arts Center is an eclectic kung fu style called Kajukenbo.  Kajukenbo was developed in Hawai’i in the 1940’s. Kajukenbo training includes rigorous repetition of basic strikes, kicks and blocks, close in fighting sets, grappling, traditional kata practice and sparring.  Every class begins and ends with a ritual bowing in or out, and includes a warm-up, stretching and a cool down.  As much emphasis in the program is placed on learning to bow as learning to strike.  Students at Destiny Arts Center will progress through a belt system from white to black.  The foundation for all martial arts training at Destiny Arts Center is imbedded in the Warrior’s Code and the principles of love, respect, care, responsibility, honor and peace.

Required uniform: white martial arts gi

Monday & Wednesday | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | K-3rd grade | all levels

Monday & Wednesday | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | 4th grade & above | all levels

You may also register at Destiny for classes at Oakland Kajukenbo (Destiny’s cousin school)

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Little Tigers Martial Arts
Rooted in our 5 Fingers of Violence Prevention curriculum, our Little Tigers Martial Arts Program trains our youngest students to increase their awareness, strengthen their verbal and physical responses to challenges, and develop basic self-defense and safety skills. As they grow in their martial arts practice, students cultivate technique and become prepared to participate in Destiny’s martial arts classes for older students.

Required uniform: black martial arts gi

Saturday | 9:00 am – 10:00 am | ages 3-pre-k 5

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DANCE

Youth Hip Hop Dance
Destiny’s youth hip hop dance classes offer a high-energy and exciting challenge for the beginning and intermediate dancer. Students develop their dance technique, learn fun contemporary choreography, increase their physical strength and flexibility, improve their confidence to perform, hone their personal style and engage in our 5 Fingers of Violence Prevention curriculum through games and role-play activities.

Required uniform: Destiny T-shirt, movement bottoms (sweats, tights, etc. no jeans) and sneakers (no boots or sandals)

Tuesday & Thursday | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | ages 7-12 | all levels

Saturday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | ages 7-12 | all levels

Saturday | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | ages 7-12 | all levels

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Teen Hip Hop Dance
Destiny’s teen hip hop dance classes challenge the beginning and intermediate dancer to develop their dance technique, learn exciting choreography, improve their confidence to perform, hone their personal style, build community as dancers, become aware of the historical and cultural contexts of hip hop dance and receive an intense workout that increases their strength, flexibility, and aerobic and cardiovascular stamina. These classes also cover the 5 Fingers of Violence Prevention through role-plays, group discussions and physical practice.

Required uniform: Destiny T-shirt, movement bottoms (sweats, tights, etc. no jeans) and sneakers (no boots or sandals)

Tuesday & Thursday | 5:30 pm – 7 pm | ages 13-18 | all levels

Saturday | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | ages 13-18 | all levels
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Teddy Bear Hip Hop
Teddy Bear Hip Hop gives our youngest students the opportunity to explore the creative movement of their bodies, learn age-appropriate choreography and play fun games that train them in our 5 Fingers of Violence Prevention.

Required uniform: Destiny T-shirt and movement bottoms (sweats, tights, etc. no jeans)

Saturday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | ages 3-6 | all levels

Saturday | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | ages 3-6 | all levels
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Ballroom & Latin Dance
Exciting classes for all levels will build strength, improve coordination and musicality and help students learn how to dance with a partner.  Styles: cha cha, foxtrot, jive, waltz and salsa.

Required uniform: Destiny T-shirt, movement bottoms (sweats, tights, etc. no jeans.  Shoes TBA

Saturday | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | ages 7-12 | all levels

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Youth Modern Dance
Destiny’s Youth Modern Dance classes offer an exciting opportunity for beginning and intermediate dancers to advance their dance technique. The class provides a strong skills foundation, preparing the dancer to explore many different dance styles. Students develop these skills by training in an eclectic modern style that draws on jazz, lyrical, ballet, West African and Hula traditions. Students learn to tone their bodies through extensive warm-up exercises, explore choreography relevant to their training, and embrace the rigor of performance.

Required uniform: Destiny T-shirt and movement bottoms (sweats, tights, etc. no jeans)

Monday & Wednesday | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | ages 7-12 | all levels
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Teen Modern Dance
Destiny’s Teen Modern Dance classes offer an exciting opportunity for the beginning and intermediate dancer to advance their dance technique. The class provides a strong skills foundation, preparing the dancer to explore many different dance styles. Students develop these skills through training in an eclectic modern style that draws on jazz, lyrical, ballet, West African and Hula traditions. Students learn to tone their bodies through extensive warm-up exercises, explore choreography relevant to their training, and embrace the rigor of performance.

Required uniform: Destiny T-shirt and movement bottoms (sweats, tights, etc. no jeans)

Tuesday & Thursday | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | ages 13-18 | all levels


 

CAMP DESTINY SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Hip Hop Dance | Martial Arts | Peace-building | Theater | Visual Arts
Outdoor Play | Community-building | Performance

One Week, Day Long Sessions
Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3:15pm
Friday, 9am – 6:30pm (performance for friends and family starts at 5:15pm)

Camp DESTINY builds an inclusive, high-energy community through our exciting day camp for 7 – 12 year olds. Youth learn hip hop dance, martial arts, visual arts, theater, and peace-building, with each week culminating in a dynamic performance for friends and family.

2015 schedule coming soon!

$50 – $300/week per child, sliding scale
Optional pre-care starting at 8am ($25/week) and after-care continuing until 6pm ($25 – $100/week, sliding scale) are available.

Two-week maximum per child.

Check out our 2014 informational packet with a camp schedule here!

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As we celebrate 25 years of ending isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people, Destiny Arts Center is thrilled to announce an exciting lineup of movement classes for adults in our community. Bursting with energy at the intersection of dance and fitness, these classes are great for all levels, and build dance skills while providing an awesome workout. By choosing to take classes at Destiny, adults choose to support our peace-building work with young people.

All classes are offered on a drop-in basis for:

$13 for non-members

$12 for members (Destiny staff, caregivers of Destiny students, etc)

$11 with purchase of a 5-class card

$10 with purchase of a 10-class card


ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE

MONDAY
6:30-7:30pm Urban Sweat with Rashidi Omari
6:30-9pm Capoeira (Capoeira Angola Oakland)*

TUESDAY
10-11:30am Serpentine Rhythms with Mela Amaiya (Roots to Water Collective)*
11:30am-12:30pm House Method with Nicole Klaymoon (starting 10/14/14) NEW!
7:30-8:30pm Hip Hop (Paula Dewart)*

WEDNESDAY
10-11:30am Opening Pathways with Leslie Schicket (Roots to Water Collective)*
11:30am-12:30pm Cardio Hip Hop with Samara Atkins (starting 10/15/14) NEW!
6:30-7:30pm SambaFunk with King Theo
6:30-9pm Capoeira (Capoeira Angola Oakland)*
8-10pm Congolese Dance (Vivien Bassouamina)*

THURSDAY
9-10am Core Fitness with Amber Julian (starting 10/16/14) NEW!

FRIDAY
7:30-9pm Capoeira (Sabia Pinheiro)*

SATURDAY
10-11am Cardio Hip Hop House with Jenay Anolin

SUNDAY
4-5:30pm Learn to Love the Floor with Armando Davila (Roots to Water Collective)*

*these classes are hosted by community groups and artists other than Destiny Arts Center, Destiny takes no responsibility for payments, class cancelations etc.


URBAN SWEAT with Rashidi Omari

With decades of experience performing, teaching and creating, Destiny’s own Rashidi Omari, Co-Director of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), and Bay Area Dancehall King 2010, is bringing it to the people with a high-energy dance fitness experience, featuring an empowering workout, and exciting choreography and dance techniques. In addition to his work at Destiny Arts Center, Rashidi performs with Company of Prophets, Liberation Dance Theater and Starchild Dance Collective, as well as solo. Ever left a DAYPC show wowed by the choreography and wanting to try it from the other side? Don’t miss URBAN SWEAT!

Monday | 6:30 – 7:30pm | adults | all levels

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HOUSE METHOD with Nicole Klaymoon

Open cipher (free-style circle), foundational house footwork, improvisation, and innovative choreography.

Tuesday | 11:30am – 12:30pm | adults | all levels

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CARDIO HIP HOP with Samara Atkins

Groove, learn fundamentals, use your whole body and most importantly have fun in this high-energy workout that will leave you feeling good!

Wednesday | 11:30am – 12:30pm | adults | all levels

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SAMBAFUNK! with “King” Theo Aytchan Williams and the Funkquarians

The sensational dance-fitness experience that combines the cultural elements of Brasilian Bahia style Carnaval Bloco with African American Funk is coming to Destiny! “King” Theo Aytchan Williams and his family of Funkquarian dancers will take you on a journey that moves your body, gets you into shape, builds cardio endurance and physical stamina and gives you opportunities to explore the diaspora of funky Carnaval movement.

Wednesday | 6:30 – 7:30pm | adults | all levels

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CORE FITNESS with Amber Julian

Core fitness workout targeting abs, glutes and arms, including a reggae and afro-house dance warm up, stretching and cool down

Thursday | 9 – 10am | adults | all levels

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CARDIO HIP HOP HOUSE with Jenay Anolin

What a way to start your weekend! Start your Saturdays with a sweat! Jenay Anolin, Director and Co-Founder of Mix’d Ingrdnts Dance Company, and NASM-certified personal trainer, will lead you through an empowering workout complete with conditioning, strength- building, stretching, high-energy movement, and a fun and accessible hip hop dance-technique vocabulary. Have a child in a Destiny class on Saturday mornings? Now you have no excuse!

Saturday | 10:00 – 11:00am | adults | all levels


ROOTS TO WATER DANCE COLLECTIVE CLASSES

SERPENTINE RHYTHMS with Mela Amaiya

Serpentine undulations meet Orisha and Dancehall-inspired movements to create this fresh Dancebrew. With heavy Cuban, Urban and African influences and deep inspiration from Belly Dance, Rumba, Dancehall, Soukous and Congolese Dance forms, this brew is sensual, fierce, reverential and playful. In this high-energy class, you will gain core strength, polyrhythmic bodily control and energetic awareness. Fresh moves will take you across the floor, preparing you for a flavorful, challenging and inspiring combination. Connection is a major throughline for this class… the connection of various cultures through movement, the relationship of our bodies with energy and Spirit, the awareness of our chakras as we move, and the connection among each of us in class and in community as we dance. And, most importantly, the connection of dance with empowerment, joy and celebration of life! Your body is your Temple… Dance within it!!!

Tuesday | 10:00 – 11:30am | adults | all levels

OPENING PATHWAYS with Leslie Schickel

This contemporary dance class is an exploration of the body designed to awaken and open the body’s natural pathways and inspire heartfelt expression. Emphasis is placed on awareness of proper alignment and ease within movement. Choreography is developed that builds on foundational ideas of spinal alignment and release, weight distribution, and proper movement technique. Good for professional dancers and beginner movers alike, this class fuses concepts from contemporary, gyrotonic/gyrokinesis, axis syllabus, spinal release yoga, butoh, West African, breakdance and freestyle improvisation techniques that leave students feeling good and “in their bodies”. Leslie makes her class about understanding and enriching movement. This class develops body awareness that informs and revolutionizes any dance style!

Wednesday| 10:00 – 11:30am | adults | all levels

LEARN TO LOVE THE FLOOR with Armando Davila

Learn to Love the Floor is contemporary urban floor movement. It democratizes the floor-based movement & dance styles for people who are attracted to these dimensions of Bboying or Capoeira but can’t commit to the entire art form and culture. This class uses curated movements and teaches in-depth biomechanics (the how to) so the movements can be safely incorporated into your movement vocabulary. For folks who are more familiar with floor-based movement this class is a learning laboratory. For everyone it is an hour and a half of movement love, a communal experience of creativity, and an opportunity to train hard!

Sunday | 4:00 – 5:30pm | adults | all levels

FAMILY NIGHTS AT DESTINY!!

Join families at Destiny for an evening of light food, light movement instruction and LOTS OF FUN! Led by an awesome lineup of Destiny teaching artists, these evening events will feature opportunities to learn and play in an exciting variety of movement styles.

What: FAMILY NIGHT!

Who: Families big and small!

Where: Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Ave, Oakland

When: September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, January 16th, February 13th, 6-8pm

Cost: $5-$10/person, sliding scale, no one turned away

Past Family Dance Nights have included hip hop and games, freestyle friday and salsa dancing.

Destiny succeeds in instilling a sense of respect for fellow human beings.

Avi Jacobson
Parent