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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 Events

UDD 15TH SHOWCASE is coming up end of January! Submit video to audition or inquire to volunter.

Our organization is now accepting video submissionsof dance acts for our 15th Winter Showcase to be considered as one of the performance acts in the line-up. Email either your Youtube/Vimeo link or attach a file to info@universaldancedestiny.com. For those that we select will be contacted between the end of November to mid-December with show details. Contact us if you have any questions. We are so excited and getting ready to produce anothe rspectacular event that impacts the community while bringing people together.

Afro Fusion Explosion Dance Class:  

Our artistic director teaches Afro Fusion Explosion at Zenon Dance Studio located at 528 Hennipin Avenue in Minneapolis. Fall Classes started September 19th 2018, and will occur Wednesdays from 6-7pm until December 19th. Come have a blast learning new moves! Ages: 15 and up. Cost: $15 per 60-minute class or $140 for a discounted ten-class card. Register. https://zenondance.org/instructors/edna-stevens/ or at the front desk. Zenon Dance Studio is located 528 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. See you all at class! 

Class Description: This class delves into the realm of contemporary West African dance such as N'dombolo, Soukous, Kuduro, Azonto, Coupe, Decale and some traditional West African dances. Edna blends both her African roots with her American flavor -teaching specific steps and full dance routines to up-beat Afro-beats, Afro-house and Hip-co African music from the Congo, Ivory Cost, Nigeria, Liberia and more. You will also experience full training in this genre to develop physicality and strength. Explore and learn new fun energetic moves while working up a sweat. This class is also therapeutic and uplifting.

Family African Dance Class:

Edna also teaches a FREE community Family African Dance Class at Hancock Recreation Center located at 1610 Hunbbard Avenue in St. Paul. Fall Classes started September 10th 2018, and will occur Mondays until December 17th. Come experience cultural diversity by leaning a new dance genre. Level: All. Cost: FREE. Register: Call Rec Center (651) 298-4393/Walk-ins welcomed!

UDD reconstruction of our hit production of African Roads American Streets was a HUGE success!

Thanks to all of our supporters who came to see it. A special thanks to our funders including Metro Arts Council.

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 and Urban dance!

2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Press Write-up:

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." 

Photo Credit: Sara Erdman for the Minnesota Fringe Festival 

 

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.