Destiny in the News

Destiny Arts Center is one of Oakland’s best kept secrets. See below for local news coverage of the impact of our programs.

Film FREE highlights Destiny Arts youth

SF Chronicle, Movies, 9.17.14. “F R E E” takes a look at Destiny Arts Youth Performance, a dance company for at-risk young people, through the stories of five Oakland teenagers and how Destiny Arts gives them hope. Read full article

Documentary featuring Destiny to premier at Mill Valley Film Festival

SF Chronicle, Movies & TV, 9.17.2014. Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier [Directors] take us into the lives of a group of Oakland teens — many of whom come from hardscrabble backgrounds — as they develop a collaborative performance piece at Destiny Arts Center. Through workshops and hanging out together — this could have been a good reality show — they translate their personal pain as well as their hopes and ambitions into the piece. Read full article.

Destiny Artistic Director Wins Dancer’s Choice Award

East Bay Express, 4.24.2013

Get your plié and shimmy-shake going, because the fifteenth-annual Bay Area Dance Week opens with the massive, participatory One Dance at noon on Friday, April 26, in San Francisco’s Union Square Park. After that, the ten-day danceathon pirouettes throughout the entire Bay Area, from Sebastopol to San Jose, with local dance companies and studios flinging open their doors and inviting everyone — and they mean every body — to join the movement.

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Embodying Change – How Movement Can Transform Your Life

Spirituality & Health Magazine, September-October.2012

Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn’t in your mind, but in your body.

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Destiny’s Children

Vision Hispana, 12.10.2011

In the last week of November, there were 170 violent crimes in Oakland, as reported by Oakland Crimespotting. In response to this violence, an army is growing in Oakland. But this unique army – some 20,000 strong and with 23 years of training – fights for peace.

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Growing Peaceful Warriors

Oakland North, 11.23.2011

“Love, respect, care, responsibility, honor, and peace”—that’s the Warrior’s Code that East Bay youth are being taught at Destiny Arts Center as part of the Growing Peaceful Warriors Program.

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Role of a Lifetime

Oakland North, 10.15.2009

Six-year old Cameron bobbed his shoulders and quickly shifted his weight from one foot to the next. His brown eyes focused all the while on his hip-hop teacher, Natasha Jacobs, who was directing his next move. “Rock it out,” hollered Jacobs over the beats streaming from the CD player….

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If someone is trying to hurt us, we use our fighting skills, but only if we have to. We use our feet and our words first.

Rosalyn Green
Age 10, Peralta Elementary School (Oakland)