Destiny in Schools

“This was my first time having the pleasure to work with Destiny Arts. It was the best decision that I have ever made for my students. You have a very talented team and my students were enriched by their gifts. Thank you!” – Eddie Scruggs Smith, Principal, Stege Elementary School,  Richmond

Overview | Movement Disciplines | Program Structure | School Partners | Program Packet

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Destiny Arts Center has provided movement arts and martial arts programs both in school and after school throughout the Bay Area since 1988. All residencies are taught by professional teaching artists and take young people through a sequential process that emphasizes community building and conflict resolution, real life examples of art forms, technique, skill-building and opportunities to create, collaborate and perform. In addition to our movement and martial arts residencies in schools, Destiny Arts maintains longstanding  partnerships with community-based youth centers, affordable housing developments, and juvenile detention facilities throughout Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

At the core of Destiny’s programs is our value system called the Warriors Code. All of our programs emphasize our organizational values: Love, Respect, Care, Responsibility, Honor and Peace. Our teaching artists are experts in their movement disciplines and receive ongoing professional development support and training. Teaching Artists meet monthly to review strategies, discuss solutions, and learn from one another the most effective ways to elicit peaceful change and positive growth for all their students. The program uses a combination of group-building games, violence prevention curriculum and movement disciplines to achieve powerful results.



Destiny Arts Center offers a variety of movement and martial arts forms. We are continually working to improve and increase our offerings, so please contact us if you would like a program in a discipline not listed below.


Movement Arts

Hip Hop –  African  – Afro-Brazilian – Breakdancing- Rhythm and Movement 

Our workshops introduce movement arts in a variety of forms while teaching community awareness and conflict resolution skills. Workshops are available for youth ages 3-24 and take young through a progression of elements including warm-up, a basic routine and choreography and improvisation. Youth experience personal and collective challenges and successes which ultimately strengthen community ties.

Martial Arts

Kung Fu – Karate – Aikido – Capoeira – Tai Chi – Self-Defense 

Martial arts helps instill discipline, mental focus and physical development. Workshops will focus on basic philosophical principals within the given martial arts form and will include warm up, physical exercises and historical context through storytelling. Capoeira workshops include an introduction to percussive instruments and call and response songs.

Theater Arts & Spoken Word Poetry

Spoken Word – Theatre Arts

Theater Arts helps open the lines of communication among students and creates a forum for honest self-expression. Spoken word is a contemporary form of performance poetry that draws from hip hop culture and places emphasis on personal and/or social narrative and commentary. Through theater arts and performance, youth develop critical oratory skills and become more confident performing in front of others.

 The African Roots of Hip Hop 

Roots of Hip Hop

This special class explores dance from Africa and the African Diaspora through the lens of contemporary hip hop. African dance and music has had a profound influence on many contemporary dance styles including hip hop, modern, dancehall, salsa, samba and other forms. Typically the class will include multiple instructors who each specialize in one African/Diasporic dance style. Classes address the technique, culture, history, and modern application of each of the presented dance styles. As a result, students are able to experience the diversity and complexity of these distinct yet inter-related and influential dance styles.


School residencies can be customized to fit the needs of a particular school or district. We have recommended packages developed to achieve maximum results in a one to nine month time frame. Residency classes generally meet once or twice a week. The majority of our packages also include one or two school-based performances and two off-site performances, hosted by Destiny Arts Center. We have found that showcasing student work promotes motivation, confidence and accountability.

Programs are most successful at schools that can make a large, open space available to our movement-based programs. Gyms, auditoriums, multipurpose rooms or large classrooms are preferred.  Ideally, schools will also be able to provide equipment for their desired program, such as: a sound system, theater props/costumes or crash pads. However, these supplies can also be added to the program budget as needed. Finally, we recommend schools add Destiny T-shirts to their budget to help reinforce classroom values and camaraderie.

For schools interested in a single class session, we offer Community Workshops, structured to address specific objectives.


Destiny Arts Center has worked with over 70 schools in the Bay Area since 1988. During the 2016-17 academic year, Destiny will reach over 1000 youth in more than 25 Oakland and Bay Area schools. By serving young people in their communities, Destiny is able to bring our movement and martial arts curriculum to young people most in need of arts and movement programming, free of charge to students and their families. Destiny Arts Center is committed to strong and responsive partnerships with principals, administrators and teachers in their quest to provide robust and high quality learning opportunities in our urban communities.


Butler Academic High School

Camp W. Sweeney

Community United Elementary School

Futures Elementary School

Manzanita Community School

Roots International Academy

Life Academy

Claremont Middle School

Hoover Elementary

Jefferson Elementary

Lafayette Elementary

Markham Elementary

MLK Elementary

Sankofa Academy

SF Community School

Westlake Middle School

Montera Middle School

Achieve Academy

Peralta Elementary School

Learning without Limits Elementary School

German International

Mills College Children’s School

St. Elizabeth High School

Vincent Academy

Lion Creek Crossing

King Middle School

Yu Ming Charter School

Prescott Elementary


We understand how difficult and time sensitive finding an excellent educational partner can be. We have therefore developed materials to help school administrators, teachers or parents share information about our programs with others.  For information on how to bring Destiny Arts Center to your school, please contact Aurora King, Director of School & Community Programs, to set up a meeting. We customize our programs to ensure the best fit with each school community.


Our in-school programs vary in length and concentration; our dedicated staff work with each school or district to find the best solution for their student body and budget. Please contact Aurora King, Director of School & Community Programs, to develop the perfect program for your school.


I can spot a Destiny Arts dancer from a mile away...they view performance as a forum for expressing the best parts of themselves.

Linda Carr
Dance Director, Berkeley High School
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