Since 1994, Culture Shock® Oakland (CSO) has been a committed advocate to the community and is one of the largest youth outreach and performing arts organizations in the Bay Area. Members of the “Shock Family” volunteer their time at the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, API Wellness Centers, and other outreach organizations. Among our many events throughout the year, the Shock Family is the official warm-up team for the San Francisco AIDS WALK, and float leaders for Supervisor Bevin Dufty and Familybuilders.org in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade.  In appreciation for our dedication and support in other communities, we have received several proclamations from the Mayors of San Francisco and Oakland.

Culture Shock is a hip-hop dance organization dedicated to innovative performance, artist development, and community enrichment revealing the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse audiences.

Who We Are

Culture Shock Oakland is a non-profit 501(c)(3) hip-hop dance troupe dedicated to innovative performance, artist development, and community enrichment Founded in 1993, CSO is a subsidiary of the worldwide network of Culture Shock© Dance Troupe, Inc. CSO consistently presents urban dance forms with the artistic excellence and professional dedication traditionally associated with Jazz, modern, and other styles of dance. Our commitment to hip-hop dance as a highly entertaining, inspiring, and engaging art form is at the core of every activity and program that we offer. In addition to bringing first-rate performances to diverse audiences, we provide unparalleled opportunities for artistic expression and career development or our dancers. We encourage all members of our community to express themselves creatively regardless of their differences, including social class, age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We provide a positive environment for dancers to experience personal growth, teamwork, and leadership. We are a highly diverse group of individuals who, through the power of hip-hop music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect for all people throughout our global community.

Culture Shock Oakland (aka “Shock Family“) under the direction of Kim Sims-Battiste is comprised of five dance troupes, each of which provides training, rehearsal, and performance opportunities for dancers and choreographers with various levels of experience and skill. Auditions are held every year or each troupe. Each performs at various venues and events and all take part in a nationwide choreographers’ showcase every October in which Culture Shock dance troupes from around the world convene for a full weekend of performances, training, and community building. Each team provides a unique environment or personal and artistic growth as well as team and community building.

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