This troupe of dedicated dancers ages 25+ demonstrates that we never cease to be creative, work hard, and inspire others. Under the co-direction of Cielo Chavez and Josh Washington this group of life time learners always has a good time training, performing and supporting each other.
Afta Shock San Diego rehearses every Friday 7:30pm-10:30pm. These rehearsals prepare the dancers for community performances. Most importantly, these rehearsals educate our dancers about Hip Hop Culture and provide a community space. This program is tuition based. Culture Shock’s goal is to provide accessible dance training For All People, so we offer 50% Tuition Assistance to dancers who qualify. We break up our year into two different seasons. The Spring season runs from January through June. The Fall season runs from August through December. Dancers must participate in an audition to become a Troupe Member.
Rehearsal hours are for team building and performance preparation. Dancers are expected to come into rehearsal with focus and a positive attitude. The goal is to create the best performance possible utilizing a Troupe mentality. Big picture mind set.
Dance Training should happen in classes. Troupe Members are expected to train in classes each week. We suggest taking Hip Hop Foundations/Grooves, and Art Form classes such as Whacking and Popping. Taking class is an opportunity for dancers to practice pick up and retention of choreography. Class is also an opportunity for dancers to challenge their range of motion, discover new ways to move their bodies, and study movement styles.
Afta Shock Co-Director: Cielo Chavez is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the Southern California area. She has trained in various styles including contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop for over ten years and has competed with Tha Most, Chaotic 3, Hyphen, and V Mo. She has taught Hip Hop at Urban LA and The Movement Dance Center and has choreographed for Chaotic 3 competition sets. Most recently Cielo has been an instructor at Culture Shock Training Academy and co-Director of Mini Shock San Diego. After a short hiatus, she is back and is elated to be co-Directing for Afta Shock San Diego.
Afta Shock Co-Director: Joshua Washington started his dance journey at the age of 16 by taking classes at Culture Shock San Diego and never stopped training. With time and commitment he has traveled the country and world, teaching and performing. His passion for dance led him to discover beautiful dance communities where he has danced with numerous crews and teams and at various theme parks, corporate events and Jams. Some of Josh’s credits include: Jabbawockeez cast member, TruTv FakeOff finalist with the Body Poets, 8 years on SGBM (SuperGalacticBeatManipulators), Choreographer for “The Black Nativity” and ensemble/dancer in an award-nominated musical. Josh is thrilled to be joining the Shock Director team with Afta Shock San Diego.
Afta Shock Assistant Director: Danielle Prince started dancing as a small child and she found her passion in musical theater where she was able to use her dance and performance skills in collaboration. Her passion for theater drove her to obtain her degree in Theater Arts from Long Beach State University. She has worked as a choreographer for Club Med Resorts, performer at Legoland, CA and SeaWorld San Diego and a show and event Producer for SeaWorld San Diego. She is currently the Executive Director at Culture Shock San Diego and is so excited to be joining the director team for Afta Shock this season.