Teaching Artists

Afia Thompson

West African Dance Instructor

Afia-Fareeda Thompson received her acclaim 20 years ago in West African Dance and has since performed nationally and internationally in other genres such as jazz, hip-hop, lindy hop, freestyle, and modern dance. She is constantly refining her skills and versatility as a performer, through yearly conferences, workshops and performances.  Ms. Thompson has been exposed to dance, drama, and musical theatre, adding a more finished touch to her skill level.  She has taught classes in the Oakland community for 10 years, to professional dancers and dance enthusiast ranging from 5 to 65 years of age.  Afia and her daughter Nafi Watson-Thompson founded Bahiya Movement in 2011.  As directors, the dynamic mother/daughter duo fuse hip-hop, jazz, modern, and African dance to create an electrifying, energetic movement. Afia & Nafi’s vision for Bahiya Movement is to cross and break all barrier lines regarding body image and self-esteem through the art of dance.  Their goal is to show the world that it’s not about your body size or type that defines you as a dancer, but rather the skill, technical training, creativity and love of the art that does.

Alonzo Zochi Young

Martial Arts Instructor

Instructor Alonzo Zochi 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.

 

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Augustine Basa

Shona Percussionist

Bio coming soon!

Anthony Daniels

Head Martial Arts Instructor/Co-Founder

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.

Jahslyn Chensee

Little Tigers Martial Arts Instructor

Jahslyn Chensee took her first dance class when she was six-years-old. Since then she has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and aerial dance. As a student at Destiny, she received the 2012 Warriors Code Award for her participation and performance in that year’s Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company.

As a teacher, Jahslyn considers herself an advocate for Destiny, its mission and its approach for working with youth and children. As a teacher and a student she aims to demonstrate nonviolence in every interaction she has. Jahslyn especially appreciates the diversity of Destiny students, and values being able to witness and work with so many different types of young folks who come from such a variety of backgrounds. Jahslyn is also a student at Mills College, studying Justice and Education.  Jahslyn completed a rigorous teaching artist-in-training program at Destiny and is the new Little Tigers Martial Arts Instructor this school year.

Fabiano “Sabiá” Pinheiro

Capoeira Instructor

Known as Sabiá to most friends, family, and the capoeira community, Fabiano Pinheiro was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and received his capoeira apelido at the tender age of 9. Sabiá started his martial arts journey training under the supervision of Mestre Jelon Vieira with Grupo Capoeira Brasil in Salvador. He received his Professor rank in 2012.

Sabiá has lived in and taught across the 5 boroughs of New York City, and currently lives and teaches across the Bay Area.

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

Avi Jacobson
Parent