Class Types


CULTURE SHOCK DANCE CENTER offers training and fitness classes in a variety of dance types and styles.  Ability levels range from Intro/Beginner to Advanced. Master Classes and Open Floor Sessions are also available.  Classes are typically open for drop-ins unless otherwise specified on the schedule.

CLASS TYPES

  • Cardio Classes focus on providing a workout while having fun dancing to a specific style such as Hip Hop.  Although these classes are for all levels of dancers and fitness enthusiasts, they are a great place to start for the novice dancer.
  • Choreography & Technique Classes focus on detailed choreography and technique.  These classes typically involve more precise and challenging movements than the cardio classes.
  • Youth and Teen Classes provide a great way for kids to learn and master different techniques and styles.  Youth and teen classes are grouped by age ranges, and offered in multi-week sessions as specified in the schedule of classes.
  • Open Floor provides space for dancers who are welcome to come freestyle and meet other dancers with similar dance styles.
  • Master Classes are taught by choreographers at a professional/advanced level. These classes allow outside master choreographers from different places to share their knowledge and style of dance.

LEVELS

  • Intro/Beginning: A great place to start if you're interested in a new dance style or have never taken dance classes before. You will be taken through the basic elements of dance, step by step, so you will have a better understanding of the movement and eventually be ready for the next level of classes. This may include rhythm, counting, body isolations, placement, repetition of movements, and common vocabulary.
  • Beginning: For the novice dancer ready to apply foundational knowledge (from Intro/Beg.) into dance combinations.
  • Beginning/Intermediate: For dancers who have mastered Beginning and are ready to apply foundational knowledge into more detailed dance combinations at a faster rate and with more stylized choreography.
  • Intermediate: For dancers who have mastered fundamentals up to Beginning/Intermediate and are ready for more challenging choreography that focuses more on detail and texture of movements taught at a quicker rate.
  • Advanced: For experienced dancers who want to advance to a professional level. These classes are taught at a proficient rate with exceptional attention to detail and texture of movement. A great place for dancers who are up for a challenge!

DANCE / CLASS STYLES

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance refers to dance styles primarily danced to Hip Hop music or that have evolved as part of the Hip Hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably Breaking, Locking, and Popping. If you are new to hip hop dance we recommend that you start with Intro To Hip Hop.

Burlesque Jazz

Burlesque with a Jazz technique focus.

Bring your jazz shoes and heels for practice. This class is geared towards empowering the dancer. Across the floors will train dancers to be comfortable dancing in heels. Sensual dance moves are sprinkled with technique, across the floors, and a combo. Dancers will learn the technique to the art of tease.

Burlesque

In recent decades, there has been a revival of Burlesque. A new generation nostalgic for the spectacle and glamour of the classic American Burlesque, developed a cult following for the art in the early 1990s. Choreography seen in the film Burlesque was inspired by Bob Fosse's Cabaret and European Burlesque entertainment. This class offers a fun and sensual style of dance with a sense of playfulness. This class contains mature content.

Breakin

B-boying, often called "breakdancing", is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture in New York City. The dance consists of four primary elements: toprock, downrock, freezes/suicides and power moves. It is danced to both Funk and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks.

Popping

These dance styles include the Robot, Waving and Tutting. However, Popping is distinct from Breaking and Locking, with which it is often confused. A Popping dancer is commonly referred to as a Popper. As one of the earliest Funk Styles, Popping is closely related to Hip Hop dancing.

Musical Theatre (Dance)

Musical theatre dance is the study of Broadway dance and dance styles.

Tap

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion.

Jazz Funk

Emerging in the 1980’s this dance form was brought about by the popularization and commercial influence of Hip Hop Dance. Jazz Funk, also called Street Jazz, borrows a lot of movement from Hip Hop and other dance styles.

Ballet Bootcamp

Earn your best body ever in a positive and supportive atmosphere. The synergy of classical ballet techniques, strengthening, cardio, agility, flexibility, balance and poise will take you to a new level. Mini-combos strengthen your mind-body connection while providing high intensity cardio in a safe, low impact format. Breaking the classics down to their elemental essences, this class will challenge beginners and professionals alike. All you need are ballet shoes, a towel, and your goals. (If you'd like to try the class in socks, barefoot, or with another soft dance shoe you are welcome!)

House

House is a group of club dance styles primarily danced to House music. Born in the Chicago club scene, House evolved and expanded in the clubs of New York. The main styles include Footwork, Jacking, and Lofting. Like Hip Hop dance it is often improvisational in nature. It emphasizes fast and complex foot oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso. House dance incorporates movements from many other sources such as Capoeira, Tap, Jazz, Bebop, and Salsa. It includes a variety of techniques and sub-styles that include skating, stomping, and shuffling.

American Tribal Style Belly Dance

American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance is an eclectic modern style of dance that blends classic Egyptian, Folkloric, Flamenco, and Indian influences. ATS uses specific cues, combinations, formations and nonverbal communication to create brilliant improvisational dancing. http://fcbd.com/about/

Grooves

Grooves teaches dancers the techniques of grooving, gliding, and body rolling for a smooth effortless style.

Island Fusion

Explore a high energy fusion of cultural styles like Dance Hall, Reggae, Reggaeton, African, and Salsa.

All Styles Hip Hop

This foundational Hip Hop class introduces the Old School Dance Styles of Popping, Locking, Breakin', & House.

Shorty-N-Me

SHORTY-N-ME was created especially for children ages 1-4 who are not quite ready to take a structured dance class on their own but love to dance and could use a creative outlet outside of the home. We allow one adult to join the child in class in order to give the child a comfortable and familiar environment. For more detailed information, please check out our FB page www.facebook.com/shortynme

*Limit 1 Adult per 1 paid Shorty are allowed in class

Youth Hip Hop

Youth Hip Hop provides a great way for kids to learn and master different techniques and styles of Hip Hop through session-based classes for set age groups. These dance styles are primarily danced to Hip Hop music or have evolved as part of the Hip Hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably Breaking, Locking, and Popping.

Heels

Get your sexy on in your favorite pair of heels in this HEELS Choreography Class! We recommend bringing a few footwear options as you adjust to dancing in heels.

Musical Theatre (Voice)

If you are a young actor/singer, and considering making a career out music or acting, this workshop is a great way to enhance your skills and get comfortable performing in front of others.
This is an independently run class. For more information please visit
http://leighscarritt.com/Home_Page.php

Stretch + Conditioning

This class teaches physical fitness for dancers. It offers them tools to build strength, endurance, & safety awareness, while building teamwork & leadership in the classroom.

Open Styles Hip Hop
Jazzercise

You can burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout. Every Jazzercise group fitness class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn.
This is an independent class. For more information please visit:
http://jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-san-diego-culture-shock-d...

Krump

Krump is a style of dance that originated in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles, California. It involves elaborate face-painting and freestyle dance moves usually performed in competition with other crews. Krump is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement involving the arms, head, legs, chest, and feet. Krump started as a way to escape gang life and to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way.

Jazz

Jazz is a comprehensive class that begins with a thorough warm-up, across-the-floor, ending with a choreographed combination. Appropriate footwear includes Jazz shoes, bear paws, or barefoot.

The MIX Technique®: Ballet Bootcamp

Earn your best body ever in a positive and supportive atmosphere. The synergy of classical ballet techniques, strengthening, cardio, agility, flexibility, balance and poise will take you to a new level. Mini-combos strengthen your mind-body connection while providing high intensity cardio in a safe, low impact format. Breaking the classics down to their elemental essences, this class will challenge beginners and professionals alike. All you need are ballet shoes, a towel, and your goals. (If you'd like to try the class in socks, barefoot, or with another soft dance shoe you are welcome!)

Contemporary

Contemporary includes a full warm up, across the floor and/or center technique, choreography, and elements of structured improvisation. Drawing from various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and even Hip Hop, this class challenges dancers to explore quality of movement, texture, musicality, and performance. Suitable for dancers with a solid background in any form of technical dance who are looking to improve their execution and adaptability. No special attire or shoes required.

Hip Hop Burlesque

A fusion of stylized, sultry Hip Hop and Burlesque. This class includes mature content.

Latin Fusion

This choreography class that features Latin Rhythms, style, and music.

Choreography

Choreography aka: Stylized Hip Hop, Lyrical Hip Hop….these are many names for this passionate, new dance style. The motivation comes from the individual dancer’s interpretation of the selected piece of music. Most often choreographed to ballads, driven by the lyrics rather than the beat. Reminiscent of Contemporary dance, with more emphasis on style than technique.

Master Class

Our Master Classes offer various styles from advanced professionals.

Contemporary Choreography

Contemporary Choreography includes a full warm up with a focus on choreography and elements of structured improvisation (technique exercises, drills, and/or across-the-floor combinations are typically not included - please see Contemporary classes for these options). Drawing from various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and even Hip Hop, this class challenges dancers to explore quality of movement, texture, musicality, and performance. Suitable for dancers with a solid background in any form of technical dance who are looking to improve their execution and adaptability. No special attire or shoes required.

Heels Circuit

Heels circuit is a cardio based class that focuses on the fundamental techniques of dancing in heels. Using elements of Jazz Funk, Hip Hop and Classical Jazz, this class incorporates the practice of walking, across the floor patterns, and choreography drills. Heels circuit is a great supplement to any HEELS choreography class.

Intro to Hip Hop

Intro to Hip Hop (for adults) is for the novice dancer. It is a great place to start if you’ve never taken dance or Hip Hop classes. You will practice the basic elements of Hip Hop dance through drills and repetition. This is a great precursor to Level 1 and up choreography classes.

Freestyle 101/Battle Tactics
Ballet
Stretch

Flexibility and range of motion are equally as important as strength. Come stretch all of your muscles at the end of your dance day with chill grooves and a relaxing atmosphere. Certified Personal Trainer and E-RYT, Lesa M. Green, will guide you through stretches to alleviate and prevent muscle soreness while increasing your flexibility. Please bring a yoga mat.

Youth Latin Fusion

Youth Latin Fusion is energetic and fun with some slow body motions. This class incorporates moves from Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and more. Explore various rhythms of Latin music and the cultural backgrounds/originating countries of these dances. Warm-Up consists of stretching and breathing through Jazz techniques to prepare and strengthen the body. Generally, class format is warm-up; across-the-floor techniques, such as: Latin walks, hip actions, and traveling; and short choreography.

Jazz Technique

Learn the fundamentals of Jazz technique or practice your skills in this all level Jazz class. With a focus on center Jazz technique drills and progressions (across the floor), dancers will learn and train Jazz dance elements to apply in Jazz choreography classes.

*Jazz shoes highly recommended for beginners

Whacking/Waacking

Waacking is a funk style popularized in the disco era with elements of Vogue and Jazz styles incorporated. Waacking is distinctly known for it's specific arm movements, funky grooves, and dramatic poses. In this class, you'll explore the basics of Waacking and apply them in different combinations to different songs.

Stretch + Technique

Stretch and Technique is a class that includes a warm-up, deep stretching, and across the floor. Learn how to properly execute turns, leaps, extensions, and other technical movement. Jazz shoes, bear paws, or barefoot are all acceptable footwear for this class.

Youth/Teen Stretch - Technique

Stretch and Technique is a class that includes a warm-up, deep stretching, and across the floor. Learn how to properly execute turns, leaps, extensions, and other technical movement. Jazz shoes, bear paws, or barefoot are all acceptable footwear for this class.

Youth/Teen Breakin
Heels Technique
Youth/Teen Open Floor
Fusion

Fusion is a Choreography class with a fusion of Jazz Funk, Island Grooves, Choreography, & Hip Hop

Baby Garoove (Prenatal, Newborns and Parents)

Baby Garoove is a 4-week session: come Groove, Dance and Wear your baby during a class traveling around the world of dance. Experience new world rhythms every single class and learn an easy routine you and your little one can enjoy together. Perfect for prenatal care and postpartum enlightenment!

Youth Open Styles
Cardio Grooves
Popping Foundations
Cardio Island Fusion
Capoeira De Angola

Capoeira is said to stem from the N'golo (Zebra Dance) within the Bantu cultures of
sub-Saharan Africa. Capoeira was utilized as a means of resistance against colonial
slavery and socioeconomic oppression in Brazil.

Today capoeira thrives as a dynamic activity within the context of a tactful game of wits
often described as a conversation between to bodies, where a strike is question and an
evasion and/or counter is an answer.

The benefits of capoeira practice range from improved physical health, mood enhancement via
song and music, and social health through flowing and engaging interaction with others.
Due to its shifty dancing nature, capoeira serves as an aerobic activity for those passionate about movement.
Capoeira de Angola brings about an increase in functional strength, flexibility, space and self-awareness.

Class consist of sweat and fun by performing natural movement patterns, learning the fundamental
of the practice, instruction of instrumentation basics, and concept exploration for game development.

Stepping

Stepping is a very unique style of dance, Originating in African and in Black communities. Step Dance uses the entire body to make music by clapping, stomping, and spoken word. In modern-day Stepping, dances may also use elements of Tap Dancing, Breaking, and Afro-Caribbean dance. This art form is now mainly used by fraternities and sororities, but also by high schools, churches, and drill teams. Though the origins of stepping are in Africa, the style has still spread to Latino and Asian cultures as well as multicultural fraternities and sororities.

Cardio Hip Hop RB

50 minute cardio class with music gravitating to feel good R n B/Hip Hop (will consist of music from various decades). Movement & technique will mainly derive from Hip Hop and small portion of class is devoted to breaking down body mechanics. Main goal is to keep heart rate up, burn calories, and have fun to some good music!

*ONLINE* Youth Beg. Hip Hop
*ONLINE* Beg. Cardio Hip Hop
*ONLINE* Beg. Jazz Funk
*ONLINE* Beg./Int. Hip Hop
*ONLINE* Beg. Burlesque
*ONLINE* Int. Choreo
*ONLINE* Beg. Cardio Hip Hop RB

50 minute cardio class with music gravitating to feel good R n B/Hip Hop (will consist of music from various decades). Movement & technique will mainly derive from Hip Hop and small portion of class is devoted to breaking down body mechanics. Main goal is to keep heart rate up, burn calories, and have fun to some good music!

*ONLINE* Beg. Choreo
*ONLINE* Youth Beg. Cardio Hip Hop
*ONLINE* Beg. Contemporary
*ONLINE* Youth/Teen Int. Choreo
*ONLINE* Beg. Contemporary
*ONLINE* Youth Beg. Latin Fusion
*ONLINE* Beg./Int. Heels
*ONLINE* Beg./Int. Tap
Cardio Hip Hop
*ONLINE* Youth Beg. Jazz
*ONLINE* Int. Burlesque
*ONLINE* Beg. Popping
*ONLINE* Int. Choreo
*ONLINE* Beg. Cardio Burlesque
*ONLINE* Int. Choreo
*ONLINE* Beg. Latin Fusion
*ONLINE* Beg. Booty Bootcamp

 Boot camp routines are made with the purpose of burning a high amount of calories in a short period of time and getting results quickly, and this workout is no different. Specifically targeting the butt and legs, this Booty Boot Camp is designed to burn fat, tone, and shape to give you legs that will stop traffic. As an added bonus, many of these moves are dynamic enough that they also engage the core muscles (abs, lower back, obliques), as well.

*ONLINE* Youth Latin Fusion
*ONLINE* Beg. Cardio Latin Fusion
Vixen Burlesque
*ONLINE* Beg. Hip Hop
*ONLINE* Beginning Heels
*ONLINE* Cardio Burlesque
Youth Beginning Hip Hop
Youth Beginning Jazz Funk
Youth All Levels Breakin'
Youth Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop
Youth Intermediate/Advanced Choreo