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 communities.
Culture Shock is a network of nonprofit dance companies that brings the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse audiences via professional entertainment, dance education, and community enrichment programs.
The Culture Shock family has grown from its base in San Diego to cities across the United States and Canada. Each company is individually operated to implement the Culture Shock mission of entertainment, education, and community enrichment with the unique needs of its community in mind. Each company has up to five dance troupes serving a diverse range of ages, skills, and goals.
All troupes are committed to creating fresh, innovative choreography to keep the organization at the forefront of the hip-hop dance community. The company melds urban hip-hop dance and break dancing to create its own brand of style. Our world-renowned Culture Shock troupes have brought their groundbreaking hip-hop moves to stages all over the world. They’ve made a splash at SeaWorld, went global at World of Dance, stomped across MTV Studios, just did it at Nike, set it off on NBA and WNBA courts, brought their game to ESPN, and dropped some bling at Las Vegas’ MGM Hotel & Casino. The troupes bring great value and depth to the artistic and cultural scene in their respective cities.
Culture Shock inspires and empowers diverse members of our communities to achieve artistic and personal excellence by providing innovative and progressive training, development, and performance opportunities in the art of hip-hop dance. The organization provides intensive dance training for youths and adults alike. The elder Culture Shock dancers also mentor the younger troupe members and promote self-confidence and a positive body image. In addition, Culture Shock offers scholarship programs for up-and-coming dancers.
Culture Shock began its youth-outreach efforts by performing in schools to inspire and entertain future generations. Now outreach is one of the organization’s main tenets, with members teaching D.A.R.E. programs and giving complimentary performances to community and nonprofit groups. Many of our troupes offer an alternative to street life by providing a rewarding activity, instilling confidence, and creating a positive and accepting environment where people can flourish.
There are five different dance troupes that provide training, rehearsal, and performance opportunities for dancers of various levels of experience and skill. Each troupe is led by a group of talented, dedicated directors and choreographers. They perform at various venues and events throughout each season. The individual teams provide a unique environment for personal and artistic growth as well as a distinct outlet for community outreach and enrichment. Each location supports from one to five troupes.
Our professional-level troupes provide dancers with rigorous training, paid performance opportunities, and the chance to dance in numerous high-profile events. Many of Culture Shock’s dancers and alumni grace the screen and other stages with their awe-inspiring talent and vision. The tremendous respect this troupe has earned in the arts community nationwide is kept alive by the hard work and dedication of every Culture Shock dancer past and present.
Afta Shock demonstrates that we never cease to be creative, work hard, and inspire others with the values of hip-hop culture. Composed of dancers ages 25 and older, Afta Shock debunks the idea that hip-hop is just a young person’s game. The Oakland and San Diego teams greatly strengthen the hip-hop community by providing a platform for many dancers, of varying ages and dance experiences, to join together and spread the love they have for this art form. Afta Shock’s style is high-energy, old-school hip-hop, combining dance elements of where hip-hop started to where and what it is today.
Our apprentice companies provide those ages 17 and under with substantial experience studying and performing urban dance forms. Our Culture Shock troupe members often mentor these dancers. The family environment fosters teamwork, respect, and positive self-expression. Future Shock dancers are required to maintain satisfactory grade-point averages and participate regularly in local community events. Their performances often draw large, diverse audiences and are applauded for their high level of technical and artistic excellence.
A training troupe for dancers ages 13 years and under, Mighty Shock builds a solid hip-hop dance foundation. Troupe members learn challenging routines and grow as individuals working toward a common goal of performing great routines at various community events and showcases. The teamwork and confidence that are displayed by these young dancers inspire youth and adults alike.
Mini Shock dancers show that you are never to young to be innovative and learn to work hard. These troupes are a fun way for children 7 years and under to grow through hip-hop dance and be exposed to the core values of the hip-hop community, including self-worth and respect for others.