Welcome to Universal Dance Destiny website-
The company and site is purely dedicated to the glory of our one and only Almighty Creator GOD in Christ Jesus, who created us all.
Universal Dance Destiny (UDD) is a pioneer Company in Dance Performance and Entertainment. We are dedicated to serving our clients and advancing the art of dancing through our proven experience in this field. Here at Universal Dance Destiny, we offer many services from teaching you how to Dance in many of today's styles, to Event Entertainment, Theatrical Exhibits, Choreography, Worshops, Residencies, and more. Today UDD has expanded by offering services for every Entertainment and Educational need. 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 unraveling 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 worldly 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 Annual Holiday Showcase was a blessed success this past January 31, 2013! UDD is thankful it has lasted for eight years! We want to thank all the amazing performance acts that participated throughout the years! The line-up included an amazing array of performances from a High School Gospel Choir, Hip Hop dance crews coming from all over the Twin Cities and Chicago, to seasoned company ensembles. We want to send a special thanks to all our volunteers who donated their time to make this event one that will be remembered forever. We look forward to seeing you all again next year at our 9th Annual Holiday Showcase! Check out the photo gallery for pictures, and videos posted on YouTube!
UDD Annual Holiday Showcases has sustained success and blossomed over the past seven years. Many dancers and performers got their first chance to perform in front of diverse larger audiences at UDD showcases. Our goal is to bring light to the unknown and underexposed. All of UDD Annual Holiday Showcases have been a blessed success! We take our hats off to all who contributed in making this yearly event an undying 'Movement!' Congrats to all the Hip Hop, Step, Dance Teams, Crews, Company's, Spoken Word, and Recording Artist that performed in the past years! As always we will continue our best to bring to our stage some of the best talented performers and groups in the Twin Cities and nearing areas. If you are a seasoned or new performer or group and interested in being featured as our next special guest, contact us today! It would benefit you to email us a sample/clip of your recent work. In the past, some of our special guest entertainers were; Larry Yazzie (of Native Dancers), Karla Smith aka Karma (Spoken Word Artist), Liberian recording artist Zo Bush, Dancin' Dave, and many more! If you or your group wants to perform in UDD next upcoming Showcase, contact us for further details. See our website for pictures and flyers of UDD past Showcases.
UDD All-Inclusive Wedding Service
A Division set up to aide betrothed couples in planning their big day without the stress! Here are the two main services we specialize in:
* Choreograph and teach you and your partner a flawless First Wedding Dance for your Reception
* An option to choreograph the Song/Music selection of your choice for the Entire Bridal Party entrance (down the aisle at the Wedding Ceremony or Reception Hall)
However, now we can also help you lighten up your load even more by referring you to our roaster which includes:
-Hairstylist for various hair textures
-Personalized Bouquet Arrangements
Contact us once you book UDD to choreograph your wedding dance or bridal party entrance, we'll fax or email you our list of artistic referrals (listed above) as an added extra. If you decide to use our referrals, simply mention UDD to get your special discounted rate.
We specialize in Entertainment for every type of event (see our Schedule/Book us page). Whether it's your Birthday Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Holiday Celebration, Wedding, we do it all! Call us today to book us!
We customize themes to best suit our clients. For ex: Hawaiian/Tropical, Sports (pick your favorite one), Disco, 60's/70's/80's/90's, Caribbean, Mexican, Karate, Hip hop Culture, Surfing, African, to name a few (fee varies).
Volunteers/Internship/UDD Board Candidates:
UDD has internship and volunteering opportunities for selected individuals that apply. Positions are available to work in various areas in the Company. It is a great opportunity to earn free dance lessons and complimentary tickets to upcoming UDD performances and events. For more details, email us at email@example.com and type "Opportunities" as the heading. Even if you have no experience, we will train you. UDD is also accepting resume’s for our board. If you have the experience or simply the passion to be a part of an amazing growing arts organization, contact us today!
We also offer: Workshops/Residencies/Performances/Educational Dance Curriculum/After School Programs/Private Lessons
At UDD, we specialize in workshops, residencies and performances in educational facilities, community Centers, libraries, and more. We offer tailored dance educational curriculum's to go with the facility course of study for our clients and organizations. Our instructors also teach dance lessons at after-School programs and offer affordable private lessons in all the dance genres listed on our "Lessons" page. For cost specifications, contact us today.
Our most popular Educational Presentations
1-"Connection of West African Dance into Modern American Hip hop" and
2-"History of Hip Hop"
These two educational programs can be presented as a workshop, performance, or residency. In the first presentation, the audience will learn about traditional West African dances and its influences and connections to modern day Hip Hop of America. Traditional songs, dance, and drums signifies the authentic historical component used to represent the cultural aspect of the presentation. "Breaks" in the drumming is compared to the first "Break" in the music that set off the Break dance movement. The second presentation concentrates on the Hip Hop era from the beginning to where it has become today. We offer the option to use Spoken word and/or Beat-boxing to tie in all the elements. This presentation help audiences see Hip Hop as a true culture. Performer’s focuses on stripping away the negative stereotype that are sometimes associated with the Hip hop Movement. Both presentations allow audience participation and Q & A (question and answer) in the end.
3-Therapeutic Dance Program
Our non profit division, Universal Dance Ministry, seek to partner with other non profit organizations and social service agencies to bring therapeutic dance programs to various locations and facilities. After meeting with other non profits with similar goals, UDM Artistic Director developed the program to offer an outlet to those experiencing challenging situations and tragedies in the US and around the world. Statistics show that human tracking and homelessness has escalated over the years. One of the two main areas we will focus on is encouragement and support through creative interaction. The program will bring positive artistic dance and drumming workshops to engage participants into a fun life-changing educational experience that they can enjoy while keeping them off the streets and into safe environments with positive activities. It's been proven that dance is joyfully therapeutic. An article on Examiner.com, quotes:
"Laughter is an expression of an inner feeling of joy and joy and laughter are inextricably related. Dancing brings joy and feelings of well being to the body, mind and spirit. Joy and laughter ease anxiety and fear. One cannot “worry” when one is dancing. Dancing is like being in the eye of a hurricane."
UDM Therapeutic Dance Workshops culminates into a final celebration presentation at the end of the program showcasing what participants have learned. Parents, friends, supporters, and staff are all invited to celebrate the achievements of those in the program. The program can last anywhere from 6 weeks or longer. To see a list of the selection of Dance Programs to choose from, refer to our "About Us" page on this website. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to inquire about UDM coming to your location.
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"Edna and her troupe were 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."
Click here to check out the video clips from our performance of "African Roads, American Streets" at Michigan Tech's African Student Organization African Celebration.
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We hope that you enjoy our website, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.