Afta Shock® demonstrates that dedicated dancers never cease to be creative and continue to inspire others with the values of Hip Hop culture. Composed of adult dancers generally age 30 and older, Afta Shock® debunks the idea that Hip Hop is just a young person’s game. The troupe greatly strengthens the Hip Hop community by providing a platform for many older 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.
DaRyus O’Neil has been a member of the DMV dance scene since 2006. After first being a member of the Univ. of MD team, Dynamic, he auditioned and was selected as a core member of Culture Shock, and from 2007-2012, he trained and performed in that role. In 2008, he was asked to be co-director of one of the company’s youth troupes, Future Shock; a role he enjoyed for 3 years. In 2011, he because Artistic Director of his own crew, Splittin’ Image, and it was in this role that DaRyus began to really explore his artistic voice. He ‘stopped’ dancing in 2013 when he returned for Doctoral Studies in Cancer Research at Georgetown University. However, that time would become just a break when DaRyus accepted the position as Artistic Director of Afta Shock in August of 2016.
DaRyus throughly enjoys dance and the experiences that dance has afforded him. Aside from performing over the globe, he attributes his personally success to the love and support that his dance family provides. His style is best characterized as Hip hop-plus. His choreography, crafted for expression often incorporates elements of classical and cultural dance styles in addition to hip hop. He believes in the execution of real hip hop as well as the successful marriage of multiple authentic forms of art.
Auditions are typically held in August. Please return here for additional details on auditions to be held in August 2017.
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