2012 International Choreographer’s Showcase

Culture Shock San Diego will mark its 20th anniversary at its International Choreographers Showcase from October 18-21, 2012. As the biggest event of the four-day anniversary celebration, The International Showcase, to be held on October 20, will spotlight Culture Shock troupes from all over the world as well as America’s Best Dance Crew season five winners Poreotics and ABDC favorites Kaba Modern. Other anniversary weekend highlights include a dragon-themed fund-raising gala on October 18, a Youth Showcase starring Future, Mini, Mighty Shock and other community dance crews on October 19 and a reunion of Culture Shock alumni to include So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo.

Graffiti Life (2009) – Picture by Chris Keeney

Angie Bunch founded Culture Shock San Diego in 1993, and the organization expanded to outposts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. Culture Shock troupes helped launch the careers of prominent dancers like the Jabbawockeez, while many alums have gone on to dance with big-name musicians, like Michael Jackson, Usher, Britney Spears, Beyonce and Missy Elliott. As part of their mission, the troupes use hip-hop dance to promote positivity and conduct youth outreach programs. Since San Diego is the founding branch of Culture Shock, it was fitting that the Southern California city be chosen as the meeting place for the 20th anniversary celebration and reunion.

Graffiti Life (2009) – Picture by Chris Keeney

Even after 20 years, Bunch has many aspirations for Culture Shock. “I’d like to see more theatrical endeavors,” she said. To that end, the San Diego troupe will debut a full production of Hip-Hop Nutcracker—an urban spin on the classic ballet—in 2013. Bunch also wants to see more dancers in Culture Shock’s ranks, and plans to create more troupes in different cities.

Check out the Schedule for more details about the events.