San Diego Troupe Directors
Jazmyn Phillips, Programs Director
Jazmyn Phillips began her dance training as a child and her passion for movement has never wavered. In 2004, she was accepted on to the youth hip hop troupe, Future Shock San Diego. She trained and performed with the Shock family until she moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree at Colorado Mesa University. After graduating in the spring of 2016, she traveled back home to search for work within her dance degree. Culture Shock Dance Troupe welcomed her back as a Director for Mini Shock. During her third season with Mini Shock, she found herself coordinating Culture Shock San Diego’s 25th Anniversary International Choreographer’s Showcase. The immensity of this production inspired her to take on a larger role within the Organization. Jazmyn is now the Programs Manager of Culture Shock San Diego, and learning something new everyday.
George Busto, Mini Shock Director
13-year Navy veteran, dance educator, and choreographer. He took his first dance classes at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL in 2009. There, he also studied modern, jazz, and choreography with Valerie Alpert, Terry Crews, Jeannine Potter, and Lamaiya Lancaster. In addition, he performed in the “Fear No Art” as well as “Winter Prairie” dance production.
As a company dancer, George has performed with Valerie Alpert Dance Company at the 2011 Regional Alternative Dance Festival in Michigan. He also danced at Hype “Hip Hop for Hope” Dance Competition, Impulse Dance Crew, Cryptic Movement Crew, and LatinoXpressions.
George has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Arnel Calvario, Terri Shipman, Grace Shinhae Jun-Mills, Jean Isaacs. He participated in 2013 & 2015 Culture Shock Hip Hop Nutcracker, and 2016 Trolley Dances. George also performed in 2016 City College Dance Production. During the 2017 San Diego Dance Theater Choreographers’ showcase, he made it to the finale. He had the privilege to integrate San Diego staff too. George received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences from Point Loma Nazarene University.
He has had the blessing to be able to teach all over San Diego. George is very excited to be part of the Culture Shock Organization and looks forward to continue to nurture the talents of his students!
Hannah Burns, Mini Shock Director
Hannah Burns was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She started dancing in college at Sonoma State for their hip-hop dance crew. She moved back to San Diego in 2017 and started getting involved in San Diego’s dance community. Dance team affiliations include: Super Galactic Beat Manipulators (SGBM), Nu Era and Intrinsic. She teaches at Culture Shock Dance Center (Youth and Adult classes) and Legacy Creative Arts Studio (Youth and Adult classes). She also directs Robotix “Bots.”
Carmen Macias, Mighty 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 and Academy of Performing Arts Dance Studio. She also trained at the Chula Vista High School (School of Creative and Performing Arts). In addition, 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. She is now a proud Culture Shock San Diego Alumni.
She has been teaching dance in many different places from schools to studios. Carmen 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. A b-girl in the Breaking community going by the name “Chola Roc,” she represents herself 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 Mighty 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 Mighty Shock dancers!
Raelene Pablo, Mighty Shock Assistant Director
Raelene has grown in teams such as 909 HHDT, ILL-ite, GRV, V3, and Sodium; while also being apart of directing teams such ILLmaculate, Articulate and theEstablishment. She teached in a variety of studios such as Dunamix Dance, Snowglobe Perspective, SOW Dance Studio, etc. Rae desires to share collectively the joy that dance brings as well as the character traits the journey develops. This includes explored creativity, hard work, resilience, discipline, and team work. An ever growing student as well as teacher, believing both highly benefit yourself and others. Share what you can and always be humble and hungry enough to keep learning. Currently having the pleasure of being Assistant Director for Culture Shocks, ”Mighty Shock Dance Troupe,” and is grateful for wonderful students who are ready and eager to grow.
Kris Wagner, Future Shock Director
Kristopher Wagner, native to San Diego, began dancing at just 3 years old, later taking his career to a professional level at 8! At age 5 he began to competitively dancing at Rising Star Dance Company, where he trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and hip hop. He found his love for Hip Hop when he joined Flipside in 2005 at 6 years old under the instruction of Erik Saradpon and Phillip Geniza. He has been represented by Clear Talent Group for the past 13 years and has much success in the industry. You may have seen him dancing with Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, Zendaya, etc. and has been seen on shows like Glee, Kids Choice Awards, Dancing With The Stars and more! Kristopher has danced on Future Shock San Diego from 2011-2012 and Culture Shock San Diego from 2014-2015. He was also able to train under the legendary company called Unity Dance Ensemble from 2012-2014. He also has been a protege at THE PULSE ON TOUR (2011-2016) where he was given the chance to train under Brian Friedman, Gil Duldalao, Tessandra Chavez and many more! He currently is training in San Diego and Los Angeles to continue to grow and advance in his career. In fall of 2018, Kristopher started to co-direct Future Shock San Diego and is still leading the way and carrying on the legacy.
David Trulson, Future Shock Assistant Director
With over 12 years of dancing experience, David has had a passion for dancing. He has taken classes for Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical. But funky styles like Poppin’, Lockin’, and just straight Hip Hop had a special place in his heart and soul. He has gained inspiration from watching Michael Jackson on YouTube and was encouraged to continue learning and growing from his father. David participated and started his career on a dance troupe called “The Origin”. He even took part of directing their Jr. Division team “OC-Genisis”. David was on “OC-Unlimited” when they were declared 2018’s “3rd Best Adult Dance Crew in the USA” at Hip Hop International.
Now, David likes to think of his dancing career just barely getting started. At first, David made choreography for Culture Shock’s Dance Troupe at the age of 18. Then, he became Assistant Director for Mighty Shock SD at 19 and cannot wait to see the rest of his dancing career unfold. David also takes part in the freestyle community being known as “Freestyle 7”. He loves the energy and vibes that get placed on the dance floor and nothing is more freeing to him.
“If you are a dancer, don’t forget the reason you started dancing. It’s a feeling, not a thought.”
Sean Memije, Culture Shock Artistic Director
Since the age of 3, Sean has always had a love for dance. From emulating the moves of Michael Jackson to learning the latest party dances from his older sister, rhythm and movement came natural to Sean. However, it wasn’t until after high school when he tapped into his full potential as a dancer. During college, Sean went to his first audition for a hip hop dance troupe called Formality. He made it onto the team and went on to being a part of the only troupe to sweep all 4 major hip hop competitions in one year.
From there, Sean choreographed, danced with, and directed other San Diego troupes. This includes 220 (Second to None), The Rejects, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, FrameWork, Frenemies, Future Shock. Throughout his dance career, Sean has had the pleasure to train with great artists. This includes Wade Robson, NappyTabs, Angie Bunch, Gus Bembery, Jaffar Smith, The Jabbawockeez, Keone Madrid, Vinh Nguyen, and Lando Wilkins. Currently, Sean is a resident hip hop teacher at the Culture Shock Dance Center. Sean is also a primary choreographer/show director at SeaWorld San Diego. In addition, he is currently the Artistic Director of Culture Shock San Diego. Sean continues to be a humble student of dance. He wishes to continue teaching and sharing his unique style of hip hop and urban dance.