Liz is a professionally trained graphic designer who has worked in the industry for over 20 years and is a member of the San Diego Chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists). She has worked in large corporate art departments, an award-winning design firm and, in 2001, opened her own studio. In the Spring of 2008, Liz took her passion for design and launched an urban apparel line. Liz also served on the board of directors for Culture Shock San Diego and as a BVA (Business Volunteer for the Arts) member with the San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL). In 2009, Liz was honored with a SDPAL’s Star Award for her volunteer service with Culture Shock San Diego.
Angie Bunch, founder of Culture Shock Dance Troupes, Inc., executive director of Culture Shock San Diego, lives in San Diego, California and is founder and co-owner of the Culture Shock Dance Center there. Once a member of the elite Nike Network of sponsored dance and fitness athletes, Angie traveled the globe, sharing her passion and unique non-verbal teaching style, developing the Cardio Hip Hop class enjoyed worldwide today. Angie is a teacher, a director, and a leader who champions dancers and artists alike. No longer able to dance since a chronic ankle injury finally won out, Angie is now conducting instructor training workshops to continue the popular and accessible Cardio Hip Hop movement.
At the age of 41, Angie gave birth to a daughter, Dominica, and discovered her second ‘life’ while her first ‘child’, Culture Shock, is approaching an almost legal 21 years old!
Approachable and straightforward, Angie still has a vision of a Culture Shock Broadway show and is currently working with Culture Shock San Diego on a re-interpretation of a Hip Hop Nutcracker for the 2013 Holidays! Stay tuned!
Believing in using his talents & resources to promote community outreach, positivity, “respect for all people,” artistic expression, and education, Dr. Arnel Calvario has dedicated himself to the CA dance scene since his college days. In 1992, he founded UC Irvine’s own Kaba Modern. He formerly danced/choreographed for DVS and Chill Factor and in 1998, also joined Culture Shock® Los Angeles. He continues to be the advisor for Kaba Kids, Kaba Modern, and Kaba Modern Legacy and is the manager for the six Kaba Modern dancers from MTV’s hit show America’s Best Dance Crew, Fanny Pak, the Beat Freaks, and Kinjaz. Arnel is proud and grateful to currently be the Board President of Culture Shock L.A. He continues to teach Locking and urban choreography dance classes for Culture Shock LA & Kaba Modern Legacy and teaches workshops & judges dance events nationally and internationally for other dance communities. His long-standing dedication to the dance community has been recognized by awards such as his award for “Innovative Leadership” by the National Association of Asian-American Professionals, his induction into the Hall of Fame at the 2011 World of Dance Industry Awards, his televised 2012 Filipino Champion award presented by TFC (the Filipino Channel) and being the recipient of the 2012 Culture Shock International Visionary Leader award. He has also been featured as a guest writer for the L.A. Times as a critic for America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 and served as Battle Coordinator for both Hip Hop International World Battle and Urban Street Jam for the past 4 years. For more information on Arnel, you can check out www.cultureshockdance.org, www.kabamodern.com, or www.facebook.com/arnelcalvario.
Albert Harnois is a Senior Intellectual Property Counsel who has legal experience in intellectual property, transactions, and general counsel matters. He has built and managed substantial patent portfolios in telecommunications, electronic devices, software, search engines, user interfaces, cryptography, and LEDs. He has participated in investor fund raising and has managed major litigation. His experience reaches across every segment of corporate activity to align I.P. strategy with business drivers. His extensive graduate school background includes an M.S.C.S., M.S.E.E., J.D., and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property.
At the 2012 U.S. Salsa Open, Albert took first place with professional Liz Rojas in both of the Over-40 Pro-Am categories Just Salsa and Salsa Showcase. At the 2012 World Latin Dance Cup, Albert took fifth place with professional Liz Rojas in the Salsa Pro-Am Division.