Destiny Dance Gives Hope to Oakland Youth

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By Mary Ellen Hunt

It’s a hot day in North Oakland, but in the cool studios of Destiny Arts Center, all it takes to get the dancers going is to push “play” on the music. Though they haven’t performed together in a long time, as Télépopmusik’s “Breathe” throbs through the air, the moves — along with the laughter and good-natured one-upmanship — come easily.

Wrenching personal struggles and enormously satisfying successes have led to the tight-knit camaraderie that endures between Destiny dancers, five of whom are profiled in “FREE,” a documentary by Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier that premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival this weekend.

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