Umoja means Unity in Swahili, and Umoja Clique is a collaborative unity which highlights the African roots and affinity with Hip Hop. Please see link to Hip Hop
as well as the Ghanaian dance Kpanlogo (linked at left), for
information on the elements involved in their performances. Caprice
Armstrong, a skilled performer of African dance and founder and
Artistic Director of youth company based at Destiny Arts, Imani's Dream, takes on a collaborative process with Kory Watkins, founding director of Housin' Authority.
This conversation between African tradition and African American
innovation promises to be exciting and enlightening as well as a lot of
Caprice Armstrong has
been teaching at Destiny Arts Center since 1999. In
addition to teaching dance techniques, Caprice also teaches students
love and respect for themselves and others, and creates a high-energy
environment for any child or young adult to enjoy. Her goal is to teach
youth to become positive artists. She comes
from a dancing family headed by father and renowned Ghanaean scholar
and artist, C.K. Ladzekpo and has also trained in modern, jazz and hip
Kory Watkins, aka Kato Kidd, has been with Housin' Authority since its inception. Housin’ Authority is
recognized for their purer, less
commercialized underground hip-hop style that
encompasses b-boying, popping,
locking and freestyle, consciously leaving out
balletic leaps and jazz turns. Their style incorporates
break dancing and martial arts into a choreographed and freestyle
performed to homemade music mixes.
These two, along with Naomi Bragin, director of Destiny Art Center's project DREAM (Destiny Redefining Education through Art and Movement), and other dancers, comprise this unique clique that brings unity to diversity.