Culture Shock San Diego continues to be able to accomplish its mission with the contributions of MANY throughout the year – the staff, the many volunteers, the troupe families, the donors, the board of directors, and the community support. For that we THANK YOU.
Executive Director – Welcome Carlen Haag, our new Executive Director!
Carlen is usually in the office one day on the weekends during troupe rehearsals. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Lovelyn Redfearn, Administration and Nutcracker Production Manager
Lovelyn Redfearn was born in the Philippines and came to the United States when she was three years old but considers herself a San Diego native and has lived here since 1995. Culture Shock San Diego has long been a part of Lovelyn’s life. She has been honored to train with and perform on the professional troupe (off from 2010-2012), Culture Shock from 2003- 2014. In 2013, Lovelyn was also the co-Artistic Director of the professional dance troupe alongside David Henry. During her brief time away from Culture Shock, she was able to travel and live in Wenzhou, China as a professional dancer. Her resume during that time also includes back-up dancing for a handful of San Diego artists at various concert venues. She has starred in music sensation Flo-Rida’s YouTube music video remix to his hit “Wild Ones”.
In the more recent years, Lovelyn transitioned off the stage and re-focused her strengths to the Executive Assistant position for the CSSD non-profit organization, also stepping into the role of Production Manager for “A Culture Shock Nutcracker”. Lovelyn is certified in Non-profit management through Nonprofit Management Solutions, and she continues to pursue her love of supporting Culture Shock as well as grow her experience with non-profit management.
Lovelyn envisions a larger community exposure to Culture Shock San Diego, taking the troupes back into the schools for performances, building upon the community programs like “SHOCK’n The Park” and building upon established relationships that have been made with donors and partner groups to further educate and spread the word about what dance and the hip-hop community can offer to the youth of San Diego.
Anna Sarao, Programs Director
Anna Sarao has been in the dance community for over 20 years. Anna was a core dancer for Culture Shock San Diego dance troupe in 1996. Anna stepped into the role of Artistic Director from 1998-2003.
A few highlights and accomplishments of Anna’s career include directing the first CSSD team to have a bboy crew and bridging both communities during her time as Artistic Director. She has directed members of the Jabbawockeez, helped to direct Hip Hop Dance Association with Arnel Calvario, and she produced her first stage play featuring an original script, music and dance.
Anna also created Body Rock Dance Competition and Body Rock Junior. She’s working on bringing Body Rock to Asia and opening an event space.
Anna is now the Programs Director for CSSD, a role created in 2017 as the organization focuses on growth of all of its existing programs: the Troupes, Master Class, SHOCK’n The Park, and A Culture Shock Nutcracker. Anna currently oversees the start to finish of all Masterclasses hosted by CSSD on Tuesday evenings, and she ensures the troupe directors have everything they need to lead and train the troupes.
Want to know a fun fact? Anna’s favorite dance style(s) is FUNK! “I love funk styles because it just looks cool and locking feels fun to me!!!”
Anna works closely with the staff and the other directors to continue to bring fresh ideas, new advanced training and choreography and exposure to many talents, so that the youth and the community continue to benefit from Culture Shock San Diego!
Carmen Macias, Mini Shock Youth Director
Carmen Macias has been dancing for 10+ years with a background in hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and salsa. Her training includes studios like Culture Shock Dance Center, Academy of Performing Arts Dance Studio, and Chula Vista High School (School of Creative and Performing Arts), and she has been teaching for 5 years and counting, with students ranging in age from 3 to 70 years old. Carmen trained with the professional Culture Shock San Diego dance troupe for 5 years and is now a proud Culture Shock San Diego Alumni.
She has been teaching dance in many different places from schools to studios, and has experience as a back-up dancer for a few artists, including Baby Bash for the z90.3 Jingle Jam Concert, and was in several music videos. , and a b-girl in the Breaking community going by the name “Chola Roc”. I represent myself and a group of b-girls in San Diego at Queen Bee’s.
Carmen’s role with the CSSD organization is as one of the Youth Directors of Mini Shock San Diego. With her love for dance, and her desire to inspire and teach the roots, history, and foundation of this amazing culture, she lends great talents and leadership to the Mini Shock dancers!
Shanara Lennox, Mighty Shock Director
Shanara brings her choreography and training to Mighty Shock Dance Troupe, the community troupe for CSSD of dancers ranging in ages from 7 to 14. This is an exciting age to train and an age where part of their growth and development is through preparing for, performing at and excelling in dance competitions.
Shanara also works for UniverSOUL Hip Hop as a teaching artist for elementary schools throughout Los Angeles. Her teaching residencies include standards-based curricula that integrate Common Core Standards. In 2009 she co-founded a free after-school dance program that runs out of the Duarte Teen Center.
Most recently, Shanara aided in organizing CSSD’s very own SHOCK’n The Park, the organization’s free community event held annually in June. SHOCK’n The Park, thanks to a grant from the Jacobs Center, is held with a festival style group of vendors and foods, a unique dance battle between San Diego Shock troupe dancers and Los Angeles troupe dancers, and a complete array of creative numbers performed by local San Diego hip hop dancers and featuring an opportunity to see all the Culture Shock San Diego troupes perform together on stage!
Shanara holds true to her mission, which jives with CSSD’s longstanding mission, to teach dance throughout different communities, helping all people discover a positive way of self-expression through music and dance.
Cye Bongalos, Culture Shock Director
Cye Bongalos began his dance career in 2007 when he joined Future Shock San Diego. With plenty of hard work, he was then nominated as Captain the following year. Cye had the opportunity to be a part of projects such as Maxt Out 2007’s Chor Division Winners Keone Madrid and Vinh Nguyen’s the assiGnment, Boys and Girls with Short Hair, House of Mo, and Daydreamers.
At the age of seventeen, Cye founded his own studio team, Hip Hop Junkies, and the team has appeared on BET’s 106&Park. Along with his brother, Cye created the minor division dance competition, Artofficial, one of San Diego’s highly anticipated dance shows.
He later joined Family Royale’s San Diego branch, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators under the artistic direction of Vinh Nguyen, later taking the artistic role himself.
Joining us in his new role for Fall 2017 as the Artistic Director, Cye is amped to be directing for the world renowned Culture Shock San Diego. Having danced within the organization himself, he brings his talents, expertise as well as an appreciation for the amazing path and guidance CSSD offers dancers of all ages!