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.

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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Arts, empowerment help fight violence

ABC7 News, 6.19.2009

OAKLAND, CA (KGO) — Sometimes fighting violence requires a soft touch. For 20 years, one organization has tried to end youth violence in Oakland through the arts and empowering kids. Destiny Arts Center is changing lives and a community.

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Local Visionary

Natural Pages, 2007
Mika Lemoine, a former student at Destiny Arts Center in North Oakland, describes the community center where she grew up: ”My teachers and leaders at Destiny did much more than teach me how to dance and do martial arts.There, I learned to be a conscious being who wanted to make the world better.”  (Note:  Mika is currently a Destiny hip hop dance instructor)

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What a brave band of determined souls is Destiny!

Alice Walker
Author, poet, feminist, and activist