Our Master Classes are held Tuesday nights at Culture Shock Dance Center
Time: 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
- 2/7 Christian Lumba
- 2/14 Michael Villegas & Adrian Revillos
- 2/21 Kiko James
- 2/28 Janel Mallari & Stephanie Sicat
Published February 11th, 2012 in News
Thursday, Oct. 18
Anniversary Gala & Silent Auction
Friday, Oct. 19
Saturday, Oct. 20
Sunday, Oct. 21
Classes, Battles and Reunion Picnic
- GoodSearch: Culture Shock Dance Troupe is now listed as a participating non-profit on the GoodSearch web site. Simply visit the site, designate Culture Shock Dance Troupe San Diego as your charity of choice, and use GoodSearch’s search engine. Culture Shock Dance Troupe earns one cent every time you search the web!
- GoodShop: Shop with your favorite online merchants through the GoodShop web site, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Culture Shock Dance Troupe. Popular merchants like iTunes are participating, so don’t forget to shop through GoodShop.com when downloading new dance tunes!
- GoodDining: Register your credit or debit cards through GoodDining.com’s secure system and select Culture Shock Dance Troupe San Diego as your charity of choice. When you dine at participating restaurants and pay with your registered credit or debit card, 2-6% of your total bill will be donated to Culture Shock.
Keep these web sites in mind and help raise funds for Culture Shock Dance Troupe. There is no limit as to how much can be earned. Thank you!
Alumni Spotlight of the month is S.T.O.R.M., a troupe that joined Culture Shock San Diego (CSSD) in 1994 (see left photo). There were three main dancers— Dante ‘Dante 7’ Harper, John ‘Havic’ Gregory and Ruben ‘Fusion’ Monet, but also several others who danced with them over a period of time including Jay “Frenzy” Lyons, Jerry “Gumby” Means, and Jeremy Lamont. S.T.O.R.M. was an important part of CSSD history because it was one of San Diego’s first dance crews.
S.T.O.R.M. which is an abbreviation for the group’s name and purpose—Striving Toward Our Rising Moment was known for “high energy, strong hitting choreography and our unique style partnering, flips, skits, tricks, and mixture of Kung Fu and Lindy Hop with our routines,” says Ruben ‘Fusion’ Monet. From this, the S.T.O.R.M. dancers established a name for themselves spanning from National City to San Marcos. Eventually, Dante 7 connected the group with Culture Shock’s already well-known founder and executive director, Angie Bunch resulting in them taking scholarships to dance with the 2nd and 3rd year Culture Shock Dance Troupe while still remaining S.T.O.R.M. dance crew. Culture Shock gained the fresh talent of an up and coming dance crew, while S.T.O.R.M. developed structure, professionalism and their national exposure by dancing “for big shows like the E.S.P.N. Miss Fitness Competition performance that aired on ESPN, (one of our first big shows), we had the pleasure of dancing as Culture Shock and S.T.O.R.M. Soon after MTV came to San Diego for Spring Break and S.T.O.R.M. won 1st place and $5000 dollars on ‘Lip Service’, something somewhat similar to A.B.D.C. [America’s Best Dance Crew]. At that point we knew it was time to move to Hollywood and REALLY take this dream to the next level,” remarked Fusion.
The members of S.T.O.R.M. credit much of their personal and professional success to dancing with Culture Shock dance troupe and developing under Angie. S.T.O.R.M. has choreographed for SisQo, Diana Ross, Tyrese, P. Diddy, Missy Elliott and others. As performers, they’ve graced the stage with the late great Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull, Rihanna, Chris Brown and more!
Words from S.T.O.R.M. to the 20th Anniversary Culture Shock Organization…
Since we joined Culture Shock we’ve seen it grow into a great creative outlet all over the world for people that love dance and want to be a part of something great. No matter where you are you can say “Have you heard of Culture Shock!?” 98% of the time people will say yes. Words of advice, if you love dance, stick with it, achieving greatness takes a lot of hard work. Train every day, always try your best to be a good example to those around you, and if you’re part of the Culture Shock organization as a dancer, choreographer, admin or whatever; know you are a part of one of the biggest most positive forces in the dance and entertainment world, and you too have the ability to inspire and motivate others. Continue to strive toward your rising moment every day. Thank you Angie, to this day you remain a mentor and an inspiration! –Fusion
I’ve seen CSSD take leaps and bounds with much success; branching out world-wide and still guided by the Mother of Performance: Angie Bunch. What I would say to a future performer or any performer is: Once you realize your gift; use it to inspire the world and never give up or quit and never settle! –Dante7
USD Women’s Basketball Game (halftime show)
Thursday, Feb. 23
Jenny Craig Pavilion
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, Ca. 92110