Meet Our Culture Shock Management Team
Angie Bunch, Artistic Director and Founder
Angie Bunch is currently the Artistic Director at Culture Shock San Diego. She is the founder of Culture Shock Dance Troupes, Inc., and a founding member of the Culture Shock International Foundation. Bunch formed Culture Shock in 1993, gathering a group of Hip Hop street dancers to develop and perform intricate choreography combining the best of the raw, urban forms of dance burgeoning onto the scene. The world-renowned company, whose headquarters remain in San Diego, has outposts in Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington D.C., as well as Ottawa and Toronto, Canada.
Bunch began her 35-year professional dance career focused primarily on Jazz and Musical Theatre. After performing in many musicals with San Diego Musical Theatre Production Company at the historic Starlight Bowl and Civic Theatre, Bunch joined various casts at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. She then became a Nike-sponsored Dance Athlete, a job that took her all over the world to present dance and fitness dance programs. In addition to her work with Culture Shock Dance Troupes, Bunch taught Jazz and Hip Hop at San Diego Mesa College and at Culture Shock Dance Center, which she co-owned, until its closure in December 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
She created numerous dance fitness videos and is featured in the book FEARLESS WOMEN: Midlife Portraits, written by Nancy Alspaugh and Marilyn Kentz. The most exciting thing to date has been the creation of various original theatrical productions: Christopher: FOR THE LOVE was a tribute to dancer Christopher Braswell; Graffiti Life, written by Graff Writer and Pose2FX; and Culture Shock’s pop-culture interpretation of The Nutcracker.
Bunch’s plans for Culture Shock have not slowed down. She recently opened a new home for Culture Shock San Diego, the Culture Shock Training Academy.
Danielle Prince, Executive Director
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Danielle Prince grew up on stage and received her Bachelor Degree in Theater Arts: Acting & Directing from California State University, Long Beach. She went on to work as a choreographer for Club Med Resorts living in such places as the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Before joining the nonprofit world, she had a 12 year career at SeaWorld San Diego producing animal shows and park wide events. This is also where she first met Culture Shock San Diego when they collaborated in the night show “Riptide” in 2006-2008. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Danielle served for 2 years as board chair for Culture Shock San Diego.
Jazmyn Brown, Troupe Program Manager
Jazmyn Brown is dedicated to fostering opportunities for people to discover their passion for movement. Jazmyn found her true passion for Hip Hop dance in 2004 with the Non-Profit Organization Culture Shock San Diego. She studied with Rynan Paguio (Jabbawockeez), Keone Madrid (Beyond Babel), and Tessandra Chavez (Unity Dance Ensemble). In 2009, she began dancing with Culture Shock Dance Troupe under the direction of Sherman Shoate, and was a member of the company for eight years. She is currently Culture Shock’s Troupes Program Manager, where she coordinates rehearsals and performances, youth programs, summer camps, and outreach programs which target underserved youth.
Troy Wilson, Studio Manager
Troy Wilson has been dancing for 10+ years, learning and growing into his craft. Years of development as a Choreographer/ Dance Instructor / Dance Artist and Mentor. His dancing and training started at the age of 14 at Coronado Middle Schools Performing Arts Academy. Over the years he has gained an educational appreciation for the arts and giving back to the community. In high school he studied at Coronado School of The Arts, which he emphasized on musical theater and dance. At this school is where he developed and learned; Choreography Techniques, Staging Techniques, Theater Practicum, Audition Prep, and Teaching As A Profession. Over the years he has worked with Coronado High Schools Dance Division, Coronado Middle School Performing Arts Program, Mater Dei Catholic High Schools Dance Division, Mar Vista High Schools Dance Division, Silver Strand Elementary, Grossmont High School, Chula Vista High, Bonita Vista High School, The Origin Hip Hop Performance Academy, Heartbeat Dance Academy, SoKaliente Dance Company and many more. He has trained at many dance studios across San Diego County & LA County: Culture Shock San Diego, Studio FX, Academy Of Performing Arts, Kruciaal Element Dance Company, MLC (Music Learning Center), A Time To Dance, Majesty in Motion, IDA, Millennium Dance Complex Orange County Millennium Dance Complex Hollywood, and Playground LA. Troy has also performed with numerous dance teams over the years, gaining a stylistic background: IL2D/ Kreative Direction, D.o.C (Definition of Creativity), Pixie Stixx Burlesque Troupe, LV’s Island Fusion Project, MzCDance Project, Ramon Ivey Project, NuEra directed by Darkie & Nana Simmons, Robotix Dance Family( He served as the Chief Operations Officer from 2018-2020. Prior to that he served as the Alpha Bots Co-Director & RDF Bot Ambassador). Troy was also a Troupe member & Social Media Coordinator of Culture Shock San Diego’s Aftashock Dance Troupe Spring Season of 2022 . Troy is currently in the process of going back to school to gain a 2nd degree (B.A in Human Resource Management. With obtaining a degree in H.R Management, he’s hoping to be able to inspire the community and share his passion and creativity to various dance studios and institutions alike. Troy recently served as the Assistant Studio Manager & Scholarship-Teacher Assistant Program Coordinator at Culture Shock Dance Center. He’s currently the Studio Manager – Work Study Program Coordinator at Culture Shock San Diego & Operations Director of H2A Dance Company in Coronado, CA.
Amanda Brown – Development/Marketing Coordinator
Originally from Dallas,Texas, Amanda graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Liberal Studies in May 2018. Following graduation, Amanda eagerly packed her bags and traveled from her home state of Texas to San Diego, California in order to pursue graduate school at San Diego State University. After almost three years (which included writing a thesis in the middle of a global pandemic), they earned their M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from SDSU in May 2021. Since then, Amanda has found their way into the non-profit development sphere, by joining the Resource Development team at San Diego Mesa College in partnership with the San Diego Mesa College Foundation, where they work to raise funds for student scholarships and campus programs. Finding Culture Shock felt like the perfect fit and Amanda is excited to be part of a team/organization where she can put her knowledge into practice and engage in such transformative work.
Giuliana Gil, Troupe Program Assistant
After dabbling in the occasional dance class as a child, Giuliana “Gigi” Gil officially began her training and love for dance at 11 years old, when she entered the seventh grade as a dance major in the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), housed at Chula Vista Middle and High Schools. Through the SCPA, she studied various forms of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Thanks to the program, Giuliana was given incredible learning and performance opportunities, such as taking class from a Lion King Broadway cast member and performing on a Carnival cruise ship. In addition to these opportunities, Giuliana also first learned about Culture Shock Dance Center during this time in her life. Following a two year dance hiatus that began when she started studying Communication at San Diego State University, Giuliana resumed her dance training when she became a member of Culture Shock Dance Center’s Scholarship Program in the fall of 2017. Following her one-and-a-half year membership in the program, she became a front desk staff member with the studio, remaining in that role until Culture Shock Dance Center’s closure in December 2020. Upon the studio’s spring 2021 rebranding and reopening as Culture Shock Training Academy, Giuliana briefly returned as desk staff before successfully interviewing for the position of Assistant Studio Manager. Since then, Gigi has fully immersed herself in the Culture Shock San Diego experience by becoming a member of the adult performance troupe, Culture Shock San Diego, in August 2021. Her understanding of the legacy Culture Shock has built, love for the community it has garnered, and personal experiences within the studio/organization combine to make her supremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to all it has to offer.
Brianna Bautista, Front Desk Supervisor
Brianna Bautista started dancing at 4 years old in hip hop and hula at Tonys Salamat Dance Art Center and MLC. Brianna then went to SDSCPA in middle school and high school were she trained in other art forms such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and river-dance ( Irish step dance). She then started training at Culture Shock Dance Center in 2018 to 2020 by joining the Scholarship Program before closing down during the pandemic. During that time, she joined a “project team” SIN (strength in numbers) directed by: Janelle Adviento, Richie P and Kendall Iler.Brianna continues to train at Culture Shock San Diego, Studio Fx, and Offstage by GRV.