Chris Urteaga, Culture Shock

Chris Urteaga is dance captain of Culture Shock San Diego and a four-year troupe veteran. The 24-year-old is also the choreographer-director behind the much talked-about Dodge Rock n Roll Marathon flash mob dance, which won national attention in publications like USA Today.

What was the Dodge Rock n Roll Marathon flash mob dance like?
Choreographing and directing the flash mob was a huge learning experience. The hardest thing about putting it all together was the fact that we didn’t have the actual area to block the dance, plus the night before the performance, we found out that the site setup was different than we had originally planned for, so we had to switch a lot of things. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I feel privileged to have been able to work with all those amazing people and that they trusted me in making sure the turnout was great.

How did you get into dancing?
My best friend Ariana Berlin danced with Culture Shock back when I was in high school. She always told me to take class at Culture Shock, but I was very involved in sports, not to mention very intimidated. Then when I was almost 20, I finally took my first class. It happened to be master class, but I did okay and realized that everyone was there for the love for dance and not there to judge. I was hooked.

What does Culture Shock mean to you?
Culture Shock is life to me. It is a group of people who have this love and passion for art, want to work hard and be around others who share that same love of dance, no matter the background, race or religious view. Culture Shock is a group of people who will always have your back and be there to push you to places you never felt you could be pushed to.

What do you like to do when you’re not dancing?
I play soccer and baseball in leagues around San Diego. I also love the beach, hiking and just hanging out with my friends.

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