Future Shock™ Oakland (FSO)
Future Shock – Our apprentice company provides youth (ages 17 and under) with substantial experience studying and performing urban dance forms. These dancers are mentored by our 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.
OUR YOUTH….OUR FUTURE
Commitment to our Youth Established in 1994, in the Bay Area, Kim Sims-Battiste and members of Culture Shock donate their time to start free dance training and performing group concept known as Future Shock. The troupes made up of young people, from ages7-17 years old, allows our youth to gain hands on experience in performing and learning a multitude of styles in hip-hop and street dancing. All the while in a safe, healthy and family-oriented atmosphere. Today, Future Shock Dance Troupes have become a staple in all the national cities that Culture Shock resides. With more than 150 youth and still growing, from Oakland, San Jose, and it’s surrounding cities, Future Shock Bay Area is the largest in the Culture Shock Organization. They are the “Future” of Culture Shock – the living realization and continuation of the Culture Shock Vision.
Mighty & Mini Shock™ Oakland (MSO)
Mighty Shock – A hip-hop training troupe for dancer’s ages 10-years and under, Mighty Shock troupe members build a solid hip-hop dance foundation, learn challenging routines, and grow as individuals working towards a common goal of performing great hip-hop routines at various community events and showcases.
Afta Shock™ Oakland (ASO)
Afta Shock – Dancers ages 30 and over debunking the idea that hip-hop is a young person’s game. This newly strengthens the hip-hop community by providing a platform for many dancers, of varying ages and dance experiences, to come together, work hard and spread the love they have for this art form. Afta Shock’s style is high-energy, combining dance elements of where hip-hop started to where and what it is today.
Tahira Hodge, CSO Executive Administrative Director & AftaShock Artistic Director
Tahira’s first interest in dance began at the tender age of 11, when she joined the dance team and cheerleading squad at Madison Middle School in Oakland. She loved performing so much that she continued to train in Drama, vocal music and Jazz and Modern dance throughout High school in the Performing arts program at Castlemont H.S and with New Generation Dance Company with the City of Oakland. She also trained with Dimensions Dance Company apprentice program from 1988-1990. Tahira fell in Love with Culture Shock’s amazing artistry in December 2005 while watching the “Shop 2 Dance Showcase” at the Julia Morgan Dance theatre in Berkeley. She immediately knew then that the Shock family was where she wanted to be. She began her hip hop training by becoming a part of the Shock Family Workshops and continued on to become a part of the Bay Area’s first over 30 hip hop dance troupe AftaShock in 2006. Tahira’s love of the Culture Shock organization and fervent belief in the Culture Shock mission statement led her to become the Director of AftaShock in 2008 as well asArtistic Director of Mighty Shock and Assistant Director of Culture Shock Oakland in 2009. Tahira has two children who are also part of the Shock family, Xavier 16(Future/Culture Shock) and Jalen 8(Mighty Shock). “I believe that The Culture Shock Oakland Organization captures the essence of what a dance family should be. Every individual has something unique within them to share artistically and they are allowed to do that here with the Shock Family. You can’t get that anywhere else.
Culture Shock Oakland (CSO)
One Mission…One Vision
The Culture Shock Story
Culture Shock was originally developed in 1993 by Angie Bunch; a professional dancer, international presenter and Nike Fitness Athlete. Starting the concept as a way of teaching her self to dance hip-hop, Angie gathered together a professional troupe of dancers, and by the end of the year, Culture Shock San Diego was born.
Over the next few years Culture Shock became a global organization with national dance troupes in Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, United Kingdom and Canada. With each addition of a troupe, the Mission Statement’s concept evolved into a non-profit, youth outreach and community service program that is fueled purely by volunteerism.
Kim Sims-Battiste, Executive Creative Director
After dancing on the troupe for 6 years, in 2000, Kim Sims-Battiste took over ownership and directorship of the Bay Area Chapters. Kim’s vision to use hip-hop dance and its culture as a positive and powerful medium has been felt over the Bay Area for over a decade and earned her the name “MAMA KIM”.
EST. 1993 “We are a troupe of individuals who, through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity and respect for all people”
“Kim and Culture Shock are the ELITE in Hip-Hop Entertainment. For years now, they have impressed me with how the grow as performers and as a family. They are truly an inspiration to all.” -Bevin Dufty San Francisco Supervisor