Culture Shock Oakland (CSO)

One Mission…One Vision

The Culture Shock Story

Culture Shock was originally developed in 1993 by Angie Bunch; a professional dancer, international presenter and Nike Fitness Athlete. Starting the concept as a way of teaching her self to dance hip-hop, Angie gathered together a professional troupe of dancers, and by the end of the year, Culture Shock San Diego was born.

Over the next few years Culture Shock became a global organization with national dance troupes in Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, United Kingdom and Canada. With each addition of a troupe, the Mission Statement’s concept evolved into a non-profit, youth outreach and community service program that is fueled purely by volunteerism.

Kim Sims-Battiste, Executive Creative Director

After dancing on the troupe for 6 years, in 2000, Kim Sims-Battiste took over ownership and directorship of the Bay Area Chapters. Kim’s vision to use hip-hop dance and its culture as a positive and powerful medium has been felt over the Bay Area for over a decade and earned her the name “MAMA KIM”.

EST. 1993 “We are a troupe of individuals who, through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity and respect for all people”

“Kim and Culture Shock are the ELITE in Hip-Hop Entertainment. For years now, they have impressed me with how the grow as performers and as a family. They are truly an inspiration to all.” -Bevin Dufty San Francisco Supervisor

Our Community…..Growing as ONE

Making a Difference…

Culture Shock Oakland (“CSO”) is dedicated to giving back to the community and enhancing peoples lives in many ways, whether it being a school assembly or being the official warm up team for the annual San Francisco AIDS Walk, Culture Shock Oakland is known for it’s ability to entertain and move audiences of all ages.

In 2002, CSO joined forces with local health clubs and community centers to promote healthy alternatives through physical fitness and dance for schools and after school programs. While maintaining a busy rehearsal and performance schedule, CSO has done various community event performances for groups such as:

  • The Boys and Girls Clubs
  • The American Heart Walk
  • The American Breast Cancer Association
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Annual Oakland Black Expo
  • P.H.A.T Campaign (Promoting Healthy Activities Together)
  • African American Health Summit
  • Camden Community Center
  • United Way
  • Stanford Games
  • American Liver Foundation
  • City of Oakland Mayor’s Health Summit