See All Culture Shock Troupes Rock the Stage at ‘Shock 101: Evolution’

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 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

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