Our Master Classes are held Tuesday nights at Culture Shock Dance Center.
Time: 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
- 4/5 Beau Fournier
- 4/26 Trina Lyons
Let Culture Shock school you on hip-hop dance with Culture Shock 101: Evolution, a high-energy show featuring all of the Culture Shock troupes. The show, which will take place April 22-23 at the Garfield Theatre (4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla; 858-457-3030), is themed “Evolution” and will examine the evolution of a Culture Shock dancer, from 5-year-old Mini Shockers to 25-and-older Afta Shockers.
This will be the second annual performance of Culture Shock 101, the only all-Shock show that the company offers. Last year’s inaugural all-Shock show sold out. “Unless you go to a four- or five-hour dance competition, you won’t see quality hip-hop dance performance live like this,” says Culture Shock founder and Culture Shock San Diego Executive Director Angie Bunch. “There’s not much opportunity to go to a theater and see a hip-hop dance show. It’s a family-friendly show, but it’s the real deal—real hip-hop performed in a positive environment.”
The explosive performances will school you on the different troupes that make up the Culture Shock San Diego family—Culture Shock, the professional troupe; Afta Shock, the 25-and-older group; Future Shock, the 17-and-younger apprentice troupe; Mighty Shock, for ages 13 and younger; and Mini Shock, for ages 5 and under. “On one stage, you never see a 4-year-old dancing with a 48-year-old, but at this show you will,” Bunch says. The troupes will perform individually and join for medleys, like an all-Shock b-boy piece; a special directors’ number, since the directors personify the evolution of the Culture Shock dancer experience; and a show-stopping all-Shock finale.
Tickets cost $20 for the Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. performances and $15 for the Saturday 2 p.m. matinee. They are available for pre-sale at the Culture Shock Dance Center. Or buy them online at tickets.lfjcc.org. View event flyer.
I’m shocked and awed at the talent and creativity of all of the dancers! Bravo! — Audience member from last year’s “Shock 101″ show
Our friends at the San Diego Asian Film Foundation invite the Culture Shock dance community to a sneak peek screening of “Saigon Electric.” This exhilarating break-dancing film from Vietnam will premiere Saturday, April 16, during the inaugural Spring Showcase. From April 15-22, at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center, celebrate eight days of 11 critically acclaimed films from South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Vietnam. For more information on the Spring Showcase, visit www.sdaff.org.
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA
Watch out for Culture Shock’s Facebook and Twitter contests that will give away free passes to Saigon Electric!
Published April 6th, 2011 in News
Come imbibe at our Shock Raiser at the Tipsy Crow with $5 drink specials that will benefit Culture Shock. The fun happy-hour event will also include a silent auction, games, a special guest host and a performance by the amazing CSSD dancers. A portion of the bar sales will be donated to the troupe. (The event is only for those 21 and older.)
Wednesday, April 13
Tipsy Crow, 770 Fifth Ave.
Culture Shock will showcase its talent as an exhibition team at this hip-hop competition. Fusion brings dancers of all ages and ethnicities from across the country together to celebrate music through various dance styles and cultural exhibitions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $23 in advance on Fusion’s website, or $26 at the door.
Future Shock will be featured in the New Children’s Museum’s family-friendly festival, which will include musical performances, circus arts and other acts taking the stage. The fest is free with paid museum admission ($10 adults and kids, free for kids under 1, $5 for seniors). The festival starts at 10 a.m., and Future Shock will perform at 11:30 a.m.
Check out this free performance from Future Shock, Mighty Shock and Mini Shock to celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day with the Copley Family YMCA. The troupes will take the stage between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Come out to Shock 101: Evolution, the only all-Shock show that Culture Shock offers. The show will examine the evolution of a Culture Shock dancer, from Mini Shock through Afta Shock, on Friday, April 22, at 7pm and Saturday, April 23, at 2 and 7pm. Tickets for evening shows cost $20, and the Saturday matinee is $15. Presale tickets are available at the Culture Shock Dance Center. Pick yours up soon; last year’s show sold out!
Afta Shock will showcase the art of dance at Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest fine art festival in Southern California, for free. See the troupe dance from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Stage 6.
Not only is Kevin Belisario a Future Shock alum, he helped change the face of dance teams. As part of FORMALity, Belisario was the first youth to dance with all adults. Now, the 18-year-old is a student at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and is teaching a new generation of Future Shock dancers.
What are your goals for the troupe this season?
My goals for Future Shock are to help lead this young talented team and to keep them grounded, disciplined and striving to become better each and every day.
When were you on Future Shock?
I danced with Future Shock from 2004 through 2007. I was surrounded by a great group of dancers, which helped me grow every day and also helped me receive the “Best Performer” title.
What is your dancing background?
It ranges from the traditional ballet and modern to jazz, tap and hip-hop. I’ve trained at APA studio, Culture Shock Dance Center, Millennium dance studio (L.A.) and Debbie Reynolds Studio (L.A.).
How did you get into dancing?
I was first introduced to dancing through my cousin. She was looking for a dance team for herself and ended up finding an all-male dance team, FORMALity. I took classes from FORMALity’s director Erik Saradpon and was eventually approached to join FORMALity.
What are some of your most noteworthy dancing accomplishments?
Some accomplishments that I am proud of are dancing in SuperDave’s project at the KeyClub in Los Angeles, dancing in the extras in “The Cat in the Hat” DVD and being a guest performer at Sea World.
What is your favorite music video, dance-wise?
Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The conviction and precision seen in this dance is truly one of a kind and is art that I greatly appreciate.