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Welcome to Universal Dance Destiny and our Ministry division website.

The company and site is purely dedicated to the glory of our one and only Almighty Creator GOD.

                                               

Universal Dance Destiny is a pioneer company in dance performance and entertainment. Universal Dance Ministry is our nonprofit sister division specific for ministerial, praise, worship, and gospel singing and dance presentations. We are dedicated to serving communities world-wide while advancing the art of dancing through our experience. Here at Universal Dance Destiny & Ministry, we offer many services from dance instruction, educational performances, residencies, event entertainment, theatrical exhibits and choreography. more...




African Roads, American Streets

An energetic, heart-felt production filled with powerful movements. Be captivated by a strong mix of theater, street, and cultural performers unveling a true story through spoken word, hip hop, live drumming and African dance.

"There's lots of kinetic joy and cultural pride in this family-friendly piece"
-Camille Lefevre, Star Tribune

"Many of the dancers in this large multicultural cast are still teenagers but they move with intensity, rubber-band flexibility, and infectious joy."
-Quinton Skinner, City Pages

"Absolutely exhilarating" and "Incredibly uplifting and highly recommended for all ages."
-Lydia Howell, Pulse of the Twin Cities


Click here to see samples of our "African Roads, American Streets" show

Click here to download "African Roads, American Streets" Technical Rider


News & Upcoming Event

Our artistic director will teaches Afro Fusion Explosion at Zenon Dance Studio is located 528 Hennipin Avenue in Minneapolis. Fall Classes starts January 8th every Thurday from 7-8pm! Come have a blast learning new moves. Register at Zenon Dance and inquire about the discount class package.

UDD will reconstruct our hit theater production "African Roads, American Streets" which was selected as one of the top five shows in the Fringe Festival in 2006. The Call for Artist goes out in February. Stay tuned for details if you would like to get be a part of this heartfelt prodution consisting of a strong mix of theater, street, and cultural performances unveiling a unique story of multiculturalism ad solidarity. 

UDD reconstruction of our hit production of African Roads American Streets coming in August!

African Roads, American Streets (ARAS) is a family-friendly fun-filled show featuring a strong mix of urban & cutural performances unveiling a unique story of multiculturalism and solidarity-based on the creator's childhood journey from Liberia to New York. A multi-faceted, multi-cultural fun-filled production depicting African dance, heart thumping drumming, music, spoken word and Urban dance!

2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Ritz Theater Main

August 2nd 7:00pm

August 5th 5:30pm

August 8th 10:00pm

August 10th 5:30pm 

August 12th 2:30pm

Reviews:

"There's a lot of kinetic joy and cultural pride in this family-friend'ly piece."

_Star Tribune

"...a celebration of multiculturalism, Hip-Hop, and African dance."

_Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine

"...they move with intensity, rubber-band flexibility, and infectious joy."

_City Pages

Press Write-up:

African Roads, American Streets

Universal Dance Destiny's family-friendly fare is a celebration of multiculturalism, hip-hop, and African dance. The virtuosic performers drum, beatbox, pop-and-lock, break dance, and use spoken word to tell the somewhat autobiographical story of a Liberian princess' journey from Africa to America. Company founder, producer and choreographer Edna Stevens came to the United States via Liberia in 1981 and moved here in 2002. As an artist relatively new to the cities, the chance to perform at the Guthrie is the "Ultimate" opportunity. "I have no words to describe my excitement," she says, "which is why we're going to spice up a show a bit."

"This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from th Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation frpm the arts and cultural heritage fund." 

African Roads American Streets 

 

Congrats to our Artistic Director as one of the 2016 Next Fund Awardees'!

The Next Fund is designed to help attist in the 7 county metropolitian region complete a project  that will help them rise to the next level in their careers regardless of whether they are emerging artist or artist well estalished in their disciplines. Artists must have a community connection and demonstrated achievement  in their artistic field. Out of over 400 applicants, our artistic director, Edna Stevens, was one of 37 awardees. She received funding to support an intensive study of Benin traditional dance with a cultural dance and theater troupe in Nigeria. Refer to our photo gallery page to view some of the pictures from her amazing experience. Kudos Edna!

MRAC Next Step Fund pic1 Next Step 2

Universal Dance Destiny Ministry Updates! 

If you wish to hear more about our presentatons or how to get involved, feel welcomed to email us at info@univeraldancedestiny.com. 

Wedding Service

We help betrothed couples in planning their big day without the stress! We offer:

* Choreograph and teach you and your partner a flawless first dance for your reception

* Choreographed entrance using song/music selection of your choice for entire bridal party (down the aisle at the wedding ceremony or to enter reception hall)


Volunteers/Internship/Board Candidates: 

Send resume and cover letter of interest to info@universaldancedestiny.com.


Workshops/Residencies/Performances/Educational Dance Curriculum/After School Programs/Private Lessons 

Read about two educational dance performance presentations on the "Lessons" page of this website.

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View info on our upcoming events »


Testimonials

"The troupe is fantastic and I would enthusiastically recommend them for any gathering of people who are twelve, and up to eighty-five. One aspect that I really liked about Edna and her team was that they listened to me. She put together a show that was educational, had a great combination of break dancing, beat boxing and popping, and had some breathtaking moves. She combined having her team perform stunning moves, with demonstrations with the kids. She even provided a historical context, which many of us found highly interesting." -Peter Shapiro


Archives

Click here to check out the video clips from our performance of "African Roads, American Streets" at Michigan Technological University.

 

 

 

 

View info on our past events »


We hope that you enjoy our website, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.