Troupes in Residence


Culture Shock Dance Center (CSDC) is the training center for San Diego's top dance troupes.  Dance troupes are part of a separate organization from CSDC.  Please visit their websites for performance, try-out, and/or booking information. 

Culture Shock is a hip-hop dance organization dedicated to innovative performance, artist development, and community enrichment, revealing the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse communities.

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

All troupes are committed to creating fresh, innovative choreography to keep the organization at the forefront of the hip-hop dance community. The company melds urban hip-hop dance and break dancing to create its own brand of style. Our world-renowned Culture Shock troupes have brought their groundbreaking hip-hop moves to stages all over the world. They’ve made a splash at SeaWorld, went global at World of Dance, stomped across MTV Studios, just did it at Nike, set it off on NBA and WNBA courts, brought their game to ESPN, and dropped some bling at Las Vegas’ MGM Hotel & Casino. The troupes bring great value and depth to the artistic and cultural scene in their respective cities.

The Culture Shock family has grown from its base in San Diego to cities across the United States and Canada. Each company is individually operated to implement the Culture Shock mission of entertainment, education, and community enrichment with the unique needs of its community in mind. Each company has up to five dance troupes serving a diverse range of ages, skills, and goals.

Our apprentice company provides youth (ages 17 and under) with substantial experience studying and performing urban dance forms. These dancers are mentored by our professional Culture Shock troupe dancers. The family environment fosters teamwork, respect, and positive self-expression. Future Shock dancers are required to maintain satisfactory grade point averages and participate regularly in local community events. Their performances often draw large and diverse audiences and are applauded for their high level of technical and artistic excellence.

A hip-hop training troupe for dancers ages 13 years and under, Mighty Shock troupe members build a solid hip-hop dance foundation, learn challenging routines, and grow as individuals working toward a common goal of performing great routines at various community events and showcases. The teamwork and confidence that is displayed by these young dancers inspires youth and adults alike.

The Mini Shock troupe is a fun way for children 6 years and under to grow through hip-hop dance and be exposed to the core values of the hip-hop community, including self-worth and respect for others. Mini Shock dancers show that you are never to young to be creative and work hard.

Afta Shock demonstrates that we never cease to be creative, work hard, and inspire others with the values of hip-hop culture. Comprosed of dancers ages 25 and over, Afta Shock is debunking the idea that hip-hop is just a young person’s game. This newly formed team greatly strengthens the hip-hop community by providing a platform for many dancers, of varying ages and dance experiences, to join together and spread the love they have for this art form. Afta Shock’s style is high-energy, old-school hip-hop, combining dance elements of where hip-hop started to where and what it is today.