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Universal Dance Destiny makes major headlines in the local newspapers! Here are a few articles about Universal Dance Destiny.

May 5, 2017 ·  WCCO  Channel 4 News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d6o14Z6ryg

February 14, 2017 ·  SunPost Newspaper  http://post.mnsun.com/2017/02/14/crystal-based-group-universal-dance-destiny-receives-arts-grant/

February 19, 2013 · http://kfai.org/playlists/34235/2013-02 KFAI (90.3 Minneapolis/106.7 Saint Paul) Radio Station Interviews three well-known activist/artist/community leaders from Minnesota- David Lawrence Grant, Edna Stevens, and Leanna Johnson- for a Black History Month Special- " I just Need To See It": Audio-Streamed Art” Host: Brenda Bell Brown – Music & Discussion.

August 31, 2012 · Universal Dance Destiny Black Tie Dinner and Silent Auction Benefit Gala was be hosted by IBNN’s editor in chief Don Allen. A night of excellent showmanship, fun and excitement was had by all. more...

May 6, 2012 · http://www.landmarkcenter.org/urban.html

January 12, 2012 · http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/?tribe_events=universal-dance-destiny-udd-7th-annual-holiday-showcase        

August 15, 2008 · UDD performs at Afrifest 2008 · www.afrifest.org Afrifest is an Annual Pan African Summer Festival in the Twin Cities, MN bringing together diverse African, American, and Int'l vendors, musicians, entertainers, and cultural performers to the Twin Cities. more...

January 31, 2008 · Local Youth Performing Arts Groups Featured at Free Celebration of Black History Month · College of St. Scholastica News The College of St. Scholastica will celebrate Black History Month with an evening of free food, activities and performances. Performances include Voices of Vision, a youth gospel choir, Universal Dance Destiny, a youth dance group from the Twin Cities; local hip-hop group 2one8; spoken word artist Donny Morris, a member of Minnesota Mantra; and Sister Naomi Tamar, poet and motivational speaker. more...

click for larger imageclick for larger  imageAugust 20, 2007 · Universal Dance Destiny Performs at Afrifest 2007 · Star Tribune Universal Dance Destiny helps kick off Minnesota's first-ever Afrifest, a festival celebrating African culture, art and dance more...


August 8, 2007
· Djembe to Krumpin' · (view photos here) Hennepin County Library News Edna Stevens of Universal Dance Destiny performs at Liberian dance workshop with local children more...

August 1, 2007 · Hip-Hop with Heart · mspmag.com Finding the gold among the dross can be tricky at the Fringe, but one show that shouldn't disappoint is Universal Dance Destiny's "Spiritual Battle." Last year, UDD thrilled full houses with "African Roads, American Streets," which went on to win a Best of the Fringe and be reprised later at the Guthrie. Edna Stevens, UDD's charismatic artistic director, based the hip-hop/African show on her own journey from her childhood home in Liberia to New York, as well as her journey through dance styles. more...

July 31, 2007 · A lot of acts will be out on the Fringe this year · Star Tribune Edna Stevens and Universal Dance Destiny are returning to the Fringe with "The Spiritual Battle," a blend of martial arts, Afro modern, lyrical, krumping and hip-hop dance styles with drummers, dancers, singers and other performers acting out the unseen battle between good and evil. more...

June 27, 2007 · Universal Dance Destiny part of Third Annual B-Girl Be Summit · New Moon Magazine Organized and hosted by Intermedia Arts in South Minneapolis, (with some events and other venues), June 28-July 1. Women from New York to Los Angeles, Sweden to South Africa and Puerto Rico and across the Midwest express and explore the full range of mediums in the international Hip-Hop movement from a decidedly female perspective. more...

June 25, 2007 · Girls Go Global · New Moon Magazine DANCE PERFORMANCE as part of wrap-up for local summit for GIRLS GO GLOBAL on Global Girls' Day 2007 at Macalester College more...

June 20, 2007 · Female Hip-hop Dancers Converge On Minneapolis · Insight News A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop kicks off with the Summit, a multidisciplinary gathering that brings together international, national and local girls and women who are using hip-hop dance in innovative and creative ways for live dance showcases, dialogues, workshops and networking opportunities. more...

May 1, 2007 · Art That's More than Just Pretty · Mpls/St. Paul Magazine The Northside Arts Collective made up of businesses and organizations committed to improving North Minneapolis, including Universal Dance Destiny. more...

February 15, 2007 · Perfomance at Gala Showcasing Youth Achievement in The Arts · St. Louis Park, MN The St. Louis Park Performing Students Foundation SLPPSF held its biggest fundraising event of the year, and in the spirit of Children First, this event involves students on every level. The evening's entertainment showcased student achievement in the arts, including an art gallery exhibit, and band, orchestra and chorus performances. A professional dance group, Universal Dance Destiny, joined students in performing at the Gala. As an educational opportunity to our students, Universal Dance Destiny's director, Edna Stevens has been working with St. Louis Park High School students who performed at the Gala. more...

February 5, 2007 · Fringe Foursome · Mpls-St.Paul Magazine 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's journey from Africa to America. more...

January 29, 2007 · Theatre & Performance: African Roads, American Streets · The Rake ...A couple of decades later, long after she'd forged a successful career as an MTV backup dancer, Edna Stevens would strike upon this parallel by leading her company, Universal Dance Destiny Studios, in a review of African and African-American dances that became the hit of last year's Minneapolis/St. Paul Fringe Festival. Thirty-five performers sustain an hour of constant motion, with breakdancing, krumping, and traditional West African dance set to spoken word, hip-hop, and African drumming. more...

January 25, 2007 · Guthrie & Minnesota Fringe Present First Ever Fringe Encore · Press Release "Absolutely exhilarating and Incredibly uplifting and highly recommended for all ages." more...

January 25, 2007 · Fringe Encore at the Guthrie · www.guthrietheater.org African Roads, American Streets offers an energetic, heart-felt production with powerful movements! Universal Dance Destiny presents this captivating mix of theater, street and cultural performers who unravel a true story through spoken word, hip hop, live drumming and African dance. more...

January 3, 2007 · Fringe Encore coming in February · barondave.livejournal.com Many on my F-List went to the Fringe but didn't see everything. No one could. During February 1-4, four of the most popular shows are going to be performed at the Guthrie. I saw three of them, and can highly recommend Love In A Time of Rinderpest and African Roads, American Streets. Almost everyone liked Calculus: The Musical more than I did, and Wonderland was one of the popular ones I missed and may catch it this time. more...

December 13, 2006 · Steppers meet cloggers at cultural crossroads · Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder "In stepping, there is no music." Traditionally, drums are the main focus in African music, but in stepping, the dancer uses her body to create the rhythm without musical accompaniment. Stevens often uses live drumming with her African-dance performers. more...

December 5, 2006 · 2nd Annual Holiday Showcase · For Immediate Release MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Dec. 5, 2006 - Universal Dance Destiny's (UDD) Enfinity Dancers youth team, Optimistic Crew Beakers, and UDD students will perform Hip Hop, Breaking, Latin, and African dance set to live drumming at UDD's second annual Holiday Showcase on Dec. 16. Invited guest artists and selected students from around the Twin Cities will also perform jazz and modern dance, beat-boxing, and spoken word in the showcase. more...

click for larger imageNovember 11, 2006 · Walker Art Center Presents 34th Annual Choreographers' Evening Celebrating Minnesota Dance Curated by Sandy Agustin · Walker Art Center Edna Stevens was born and raised in Liberia, Africa. She has loved dance since she was a child. In Minnesota, she studied and taught ballroom dance for one year before starting her own dance company, Universal Dance Destiny. Besides performances, workshops, and residencies, the company offers dance classes in a unique selection of dance styles, including hip-hop, breaking, African, Latin, and swing. more...

November 11, 2006 · Images for Choreographers' Evening · Walker Art Center Margot Bassett, Edna Stevens, Anasooya Abraham; (background): Cathy Wright more...

August 9, 2006 · Feasting at the Fringe · PULSE of the Twin Cities If you think you don't like dance, these shows will change your mind. Read reviews of "African Road, American Street" - Live drummers, beatboxers and African and hip-hop dancers of all ages create an absolutely exhilarating experience. This show convinced me that breakdancing should be added to the Olympics' gymnastics category. Incredibly uplifting and highly recommended for all ages. more...

August 9, 2006 · African Roads, American Streets · citypages.com Loosely based on director Edna Stevens's personal story about her journey from Liberia to the United States, the work is less a narrative than a shimmering collage of dance styles: African dancing, break dancing, popping, locking, and krumping. It's all set to live drums and beatbox, and spoken word from local stars Truth Maze and Desdamona. Many of the dancers in this large multicultural cast are still teenagers but they move with worldly intensity, rubber-band flexibility, and infectious joy. more...

Moving Toward the Fringe - Universal Dance DestinyJuly 30, 2006 · Moving Toward the Fringe · Star Tribune Edna Stevens was anxious when she learned her Universal Dance Destiny troupe had won a spot via the Fringe Festival's lottery. The dancer and choreographer, who moved to the United States from Liberia at age 7, started the theater company in 2004 in an effort to bring arts to a community that may not be exposed to them. Basing her organization at the Capri Theater in north Minneapolis, Stevens began teaching dance classes in conjunction with Plymouth Christian Youth Center. In addition to the classes, she started expanding her company to different forms of dance, such as popping, locking and break-dancing. more...


July 24, 2006 ·
Universal Dance Destiny - African Roads American Streets · FringeFestival.org Blogs Right now UDD is by far the most viewed of the nine Fringe clips that are posted - seven being performances by Fringe artists, two being conversation about the Fringe itself. I can see why - they are an awful lot of fun to watch... The group, led by Edna Stevens - coming to us via her home country of Liberia and adopted home of New York City, now settled in the Twin Cities with her new dance company - was a jolt of electricity into the evening's festivities that powered us into intermission and back for the second half. more...

July 26, 2006 · Traditional Liberian Music & Dance Performance · MDCD News Students and dance company performs at Celebrating Librerian Culture: A PROUD HISTORY OF CULTURE AND TRADITIONS presented by MultiCultural Development Center (MCDC) and the Minnesota Private Colleges Council more...

May 25, 2006 · Dancing with students at Longfellow Community School · Ordway Community Engagement Newsletter Universal Dance destiny introduced students at Longfellow Community School in Minneapolis to African and hip-hop movement styles, in preparation for their field trip to see Children of Uganda more...

African Dance Awakens Local Libraries During Black History Month - Universal Dance DestinyMarch 1, 2006 · African Dance Awakens Local Libraries During Black History Month · Mshale Eden Prairie, MINN - It's common knowledge that hip-hop dancing is a veiled attempt to sexualize the movements of African dance. Isn't it? According to G. Craige Lewis who preaches nationally as well as at his website, "The roots of Hip Hop are demonic. Oppression, anguish, poverty, violence, and other negative influences created this culture." However Edna Stevens takes a very different view of hip-hop dancing. And she should know. more...


The Eden Prairie Library becomes a dance floor - Universal Dance DestinyFebruary 22, 2006 · Hip-hop's history · MN Sun The Eden Prairie Library becomes a dance floor Feb. 18, as members of Universal Dance Destiny demonstrated the connection between West African indigenous dance and hip-hop movement. more...

February 11, 2006 · The Language of Movement · Lake Minnetonka Magazine Universal Dance Destiny performs at Ridgedale Library. more...

February 4, 2006 · Universal Dance Destiny · Hennepin County Library You're destined to experience the excitement of native West African dance's evolution into modern American hip hop. more...

August 31, 2005 · The 4th Annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop · Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages ... and Enfinity Dance Group did some krumping during what was essentially a paid performance for their $200 prize money when nobody else showed to compete. But everyone is here for "the Ruler. "I'm going to play two records, one old-school, one new-school," says Slick Rick once he's taken the stage, cueing his DJ. "And you tell me which one moves you in your soul."
He plays a series of new tracks and old ones, setting Mike Jones against House of Pain, the Ying Yang Twins against the Mary Jane Girls. He introduces his wife, who suits him up in '80s-style gold chains before he raps "Children's Story." ("This was how we dressed when I was your age," he says.) Trim and animated, he nonetheless has the ironic glint of a man who knows he's an oldies act. "Try to stay within your Ten Commandments," he says by way of goodnight. "And let's try to keep this racial melting pot going." more...