Dance Performances

EVERYONE IS INVITED TO THIS FREE EVENT!

The Port of San Diego invites the public to enjoy a free afternoon of activities and performances by Fern Street Circus and Culture Shock Dance Troupe on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Chula Vista Bayfront Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, “Circus in the Park: A South Bay Arts Event,” is being provided as a Port of San Diego experience for the entertainment of the community. The park is located at 980 Marina Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

This exciting family-friendly waterfront activation event will feature creative artistic performances by Fern Street Circus, including jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and musicians. Culture Shock Dance Troupe will provide a series of choreographed dance performances. There will also be interactive workshops on hooping and tightwire, along with face painting, photo booths, free refreshments, and giveaways.

The February 22 event is part of the Port’s mission to create a vibrant waterfront with innovative public art, cultural programming, special events, and recreation opportunities that enhance the aesthetic and cultural richness of San Diego Bay. With a permanent collection of more than 70 artworks, along with approximately 30 tenant-commissioned artworks and a dynamic curatorial plan focused on contemporary public art exhibitions, there is an artistic experience for everyone.

For additional information, contact Yvonne Wise, Director of the Port of San Diego’s Waterfront Arts & Activation Department at ywise@portofsandiego.org.

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
DanzArtsSD
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

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SHOCK’N THE PARK!

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This year, Culture Shock Dance Troupe held its annual Shock’N The Park event at Horton Plaza Park. This yearly event is an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the inclusiveness of dance. Mighty Shock Los Angeles came the farthest to share their talents. The Los Angeles chapter of Culture Shock celebrates their 25th year and proved that they were going strong. Some examples of guests included Robotix, Fuego Crew from Tijuana, Mexico, Nu Era feat. NuKids, Wild Nation, Major League Crew and Culture Shock Dance Center’s own Shock Army. Not only did Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mighty Shock and Mini Shock perform their own pieces, but they came together for a collaborative finale to prove, once again, that dance is for EVERYONE!

Following these amazing performances, dancers battled it to see who would be named our 2019 Battle winners. Our judges Jahdai “JK” Jackson, Dom “D’Cypher” Haulsey and Charlie “Hybrd” Lopez had a tough job. During the Battle, mc’d by Jojo Vandereb, youth and adult dancers went through 4 rounds of freestyle dance battle and ultimately Sebastian from Future Shock San Diego and Jose from Fuego Crew came out as our champs. 

Between the raffle opportunities, food trucks, the Kipp School, Shock Gear and Robiotix vendors, it was a day of camaraderie. But the best part was the hundreds of people who came by to support. As the music filled the plaza, patrons in the downtown area were drawn to event. They even paused to observe the scene and stayed to enjoy the performances and dance battles. We are so thankful that our fellow San Diegans joined us and look forward to next year with an even farther outreach of community engagement. 

A special thanks goes out to The City of San Diego: Commission for Arts and Culture, California Arts Council, Culture Shock Dance Center, National Charity League Inc., and Horton Plaza Park. See you all next year!!