“We are a troupe of individuals, who through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect FOR ALL PEOPLE.”

Culture Shock San Diego is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit Hip Hop dance troupe dedicated to innovative performance entertainment, artist development education, and community outreach enrichment. Founded in 1993, Culture Shock San Diego is the originator of the world-wide network of Culture Shock International.

Culture Shock utilizes Hip Hop and Urban dance to cultivate education, enrichment and entertainment to inspire positive change in the communities we serve.

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Culture Shock is a network of nonprofit dance companies that brings the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse audiences. Indeed, we offer professional entertainment, dance education, and community enrichment programs.

Our professional troupe provides dancers with rigorous training, paid performance opportunities, and the chance to dance in many high-profile events. The highlight of its season is the creation and performance of a full-length theatrical, which is performed at major venues. Many of Culture Shock’s dancers and alumni grace the stage and screen with their awe-inspiring talent and vision. The tremendous respect this troupe has earned in the arts community nationwide is kept alive by the hard work and dedication of every Culture Shock dancer past and present.


Culture Shock San Diego will perform Hip Hop Dance at “Leap Day Celebration: A Dance-Off!” on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Copley Plaza at The Old Globe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

On Leap Day this year, The Old Globe’s Department of Arts Engagement will host a dance-off on the Globe plaza! Ten local dance groups will compete for cash prices, and local esteemed dance judges (including you!) will select the very best performances. Come join the fun and support these amazing dancers. This event is free and no ticket is required.

11:00 – 12:10: Intro and five dance troupes perform
12:10 – 12:40: Community dance workshop by Culture Shock
12:40 – 1:40: Remaining five dance troupes perform
1:40 – 2:00: Winners announced

Judges: Matt Carney (San Diego Ballet), Anjanette Maraya-Ramey (choreographer and non-for-profit administrator), and Freedome Bradley-Ballentine (The Old Globe)
Host: Gerardo Flores

The 10 incredible dance troupes:
Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio de San Dieguito
Culture Shock Dance Troupe- San Diego
Divine Desi Dance – Bollywood San Diego
Hip Hop’s Finest City
Mini Shock San Diego
Moore Rhythm & Co.
Russian Oriental Belly Dance Studio
San Diego Civic Dance Arts
The Junkyard Dance Crew


Culture Shock San Diego consists of four dance troupes. This includes Mini Shock, Mighty Shock, Future Shock and Culture Shock. Dancers and choreographers with various levels of experience and skill benefit from training, rehearsal, and performance opportunities. Auditions are held twice a year for each troupe. In addition, each performs at various venues and events and all take part in an annual nationwide choreographers’ showcase. During this event, Culture Shock dance troupes from around the world convene for a full weekend of performances, training, and community building.