Teaching Artists

Abené Barefield

Hip Hop Dance Instructor

Abene started dancing in 6th grade with Sahala Dance Company in El Cerrito, and dove into the modern and contemporary dance opportunities around her. By the time she was in El Cerrito High School’s dance production class, she was recruited by the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, and loved the mix of modern and hip hop that the Company offered.

As an Assistant Instructor with the Destiny Junior Company and youth hip hop classes, Abene loves getting to know her students, and her teaching goes beyond choreography. Anyone could learn a dance, but teaching for her is about supporting young people’s confidence – supporting the holistic experience of a dancer. Abene splits her focus between working with Destiny and supporting and building her family. She loves learning from kids, and hopes that when kids rule the world, at least they’ll be cool with her.

Alonzo Young

Martial Arts Instructor

Instructor Alonzo Young: Martial Artist, Dancer and Media Architect, began his somatic training early as a youth in dance (later becoming a professional dancer with the Clifford Fears Dance Company) and as a martial artist in Kenpo and White Crane Styles while living in Detroit, MI. While living in Detroit Alonzo became a member of the Golden Fist (an international martial arts association) where he studied with a various martial artist and styles under the umbrella of brotherhood and friendship. From these humble beginnings Alonzo Young has studied, practiced and taught the martial arts now for over 35 years throughout Asia and the United States. He has received various accolades and recognitions. Mr. Young has Black Belts and instructor certifications in Aikido, Tai Chi, Kenpo and White Lotus Gung Fu. In addition to his martial arts training, he is a certified IMPACT Bay Area (personal self defense) instructor, leadership/management development trainer, as well as, a Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and Conscious EmbodimentLeadership coach.

 

Anisah Abdullah

Hip Hop Dance Instructor

Anisah was introduced to Destiny in 2006, and joined Destiny Art’s Youth Performance Company in 2011 for two season. Her craft is rooted in Afro-Brazilian dance. Although she has been in the artistic world for the majority of her life, her relationship with Destiny has inspired deeper intention in all of her artistic practices, which include painting and the art of learning. Anisah started dancing when she was four years old, taking classes at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts (then Alice Arts Center), and has been dancing ever since. She is also training to be a doula with Birth Professionals of the Bay.

Anthony Daniels

Martial Arts Instructor

Sifu Anthony is one of Destiny’s founding members, and has taught martial arts, youth leadership, self-defense and conflict resolution to youth of all ages for over 20 years at Destiny and in many other after-school programs in the Bay Area, including the California School for the Blind, Job Corps, the Chestnut Court Housing Projects, and Parks and Recreation programs. Sifu Anthony holds a first-degree black belt in Judo and a fifth degree black belt in Wu Chien Pai Kung Fu. Sifu Daniels has taught martial arts at Destiny since 1988. He started studying at age 13 and received his Black Belt in Kung Fu in 1982 and in Judo in 1988. He has over 20 years experience teaching youth and adults throughout the US, in Switzerland and Mexico.

Arielle Brown

Theater Instructor

Arielle Julia Brown has been working as a professional theatre artist over the last 7 years. Having worked most intimately with 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Ga and Theatre Without Borders, Arielle’s theatre work is rooted in promoting international exchange and dialogue through theatre.  Arielle received her B.A. from Pomona College where she studied Theatre and Africana Studies. She has worked most often as a playwright, film maker and teaching artist. The creator of two original applied theatre workshop series- Liberation Songs at Morehouse College and Love Balm for My Spiritchild at 7Stages and Eastside Arts Alliance, Arielle is thrilled to be a part of the Destiny Arts Center family as a theatre teaching artist.

Bianca Cabrera

Hip Hop Dance Instructor

Bianca Cabrera has extensive dance experience in the Bay Area and beyond. She began her training in ballet and Graham Technique at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Training at the Alvin Ailey School and the Martha Graham Center prefaced a BFA in dance at Cornish College of the Arts. In addition to being the Artistic Director of Blind Tiger Society, a contemporary dance company based in of Oakland, Bianca’s choreography has been produced at ODC (Pilot), The Dark Room, TwinSpace, DanceGround Keriac, LevyStudio, CounterPULSE and The Garage. She has performed with Kim Epifano, LevyDance, Christine Bonansea and Avy K Productions. Formerly of Seattle, Bianca performed nationally with KT Niehoff’s Lingo Dance from 2003-2011. Bianca has taught master classes and workshops at Berkeley High School (CA), Shawl-Anderson (CA), Bandaloop (CA), Kunst-Stoff Arts (CA), Western Washington University, University of Montana, San Diego State University (CA), St. Olaf College (MN), Reed College (OR), Kenyon College (OH), Oberlin College (OH), Cornish College (WA) and Velocity Dance Center (WA).

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)