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Women of Cincinnati - Marquicia Jones-Woods

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

The Q-KIDZ Dance Team began 38 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 29-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."

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