Culture Shock San Diego utilizes DANCE to cultivate education, entertainment, and empowerment to inspire positive change in the communities we serve.
Culture Shock San Diego is a troupe of individuals who, through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect for all people throughout the global community. Culture Shock San Diego provides dance education and training through class offerings, rigorous rehearsal experience and performance opportunities to dancers of all ages. Programs improve physical strength, mental stability, self-confidence, and nurture a network of lifetime friends/supporters. Annually, 40,000 San Diego residents and visitors are reached through Culture Shock San Diego’s Dance Training and Performance Program.
Dancer Education and Training
Dance education and training is offered through two components. Culture Shock's Training Academy offers classes to the broader community with class offerings to a variety of skill levels. Culture Shock's youth and adult Troupe Program is geared towards dancers that would like more intensive training.
Culture Shock Training Academy
Culture Shock’s Training Academy offers 50+ community dance classes each week to up to 1,300 dancers of all levels of experience. The full time Training Academy Manager provides oversight to five highly skilled instructors who provide the best training and tools to help dancers fulfill their potential in both fitness and dance.
Culture Shock Troupe Program
Culture Shock’s Dance Troupe Program operates four dance troupes offering training, rehearsal, and performance opportunities to dancers with varying experience and skill. The youth and adult dance troupes create fresh, innovative choreography that incorporates such dance styles as Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking and Whacking. Participation in the dance troupes helps dancers develop a sense of cooperation, professionalism, self-respect, and acceptance. An estimated 120 dancers will participate in Culture Shock dance troupes in 2021.
Why Performing Arts/Dance?
The performing art of dance improves the physical, social, and emotional well-being of individuals and enhances the overall economic strength of surrounding communities. Dance is good for physical health in that it increases energy and serotonin, strengthens bones, elevates cardiovascular health, and improves flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. Dance has also been shown to reduce stress and depression and is a powerful medium for self-expression and emotional healing. Dance nurtures social connections and fosters positive community relationships.
Why San Diego Youth?
There are thousands of youth in San Diego who could benefit from the healing art of dance. According to Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count data, in San Diego County, 35% of youth are overweight or obese, 41% of students report feeling disconnected from school and 33% report chronic feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Unfortunately, children and youth in families living in poverty are much less likely to be able to access and participate in performing arts.
For children, dance has been shown to be a positive ally in helping youth mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. According to a study commissioned by The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies using more than 25,000 high school students, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles found that students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Several additional studies have confirmed that in schools where dance programs flourish, students’ attendance rises, teachers are more satisfied, and the overall sense of community grows.
Why Invest in Performing Arts?
An investment in performing arts is an investment in healthy and vibrant communities with a strong return on investment. According to the Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5, economic impact study, communities that support arts and culture are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. In San Diego, California, the arts and culture sector is a significant industry that generates 1.1 billion in economic activity, supports 35,914 full time jobs and generates $116 million in local and state government revenue.
Culture Shock’s Dance Training and Performance Program will benefit the community through four primary goals:
Increase San Diego resident and visitor access to high-quality dance performances
Inspire growth, acceptance and artistic risk-taking among dancers
Encourage leadership, mentoring and community involvement among dancers
Improve accessibility to dance education for underserved youth