I always let them know;don't get caught up in the cards you were dealt, if they are not good ones deal yourself another hand and keep it moving
The Q-Kidz Dance Team began 29 years ago in the West End of Cincinnati. The violence in the surrounding housing projects led Marquicia Jones-Woods to look for something the neighborhood kids could do after school to keep them safe and productive. Q-Kidz is far more than a dance team though. Marquicia -- Ms. Quicy (pronounced Kwee-cee) as she's known to all the girls -- and her 22-year-old identical twin daughters who choreograph the dances, Mariah and Chariah, devote themselves entirely to these girls.
First, they teach them how to dance, but more than that, they instill values about the importance of a good education, living drug free and stopping the violence in their community. The girls all refer to Ms Quicy as a second mom. Makyla Burnam, team captain, says, "Ms. Quicy has taught me everything that I need to know, about Drill, about Dance and about being myself - respecting myself as a young woman."
This 30 year journey with the Q-Kidz organization has been amazing I wouldn't trade one day of it in for a million dollars. I only pray that I continue to see the fruits of my labor when this group of kids grow up and become productive young ladies. I know the struggles they have been dealt because I'm a product of the same environment, but I always let them know; don't get caught up in the cards you were dealt, if they are not good ones deal yourself another hand and keep it moving. BIG LOVE❤
– Marquicia Jones-Woods AKA Ms Quicy