Culture Shock® is our professional-level dance troupe and provides dancers with rigorous training, performance opportunities, and the chance to dance in numerous high-profile events. Many of Culture Shock® dancers and alumni grace the screen and other stages with their awe-inspiring talent and vision. The tremendous respect this troupe has earned in the local and national performing arts community is maintained by the hard work and dedication of every Culture Shock® dancer, past and present. Culture Shock® is composed of adult dancers generally ages 18 to 30. They are divided into two specialty teams who routinely perform together- one team specializing in Hip Hop choreography, the other in Hip Hop freestyle dance.
Cameron Bennett, Operations Director
Cameron Bennett began dancing in the fall of 2009 as a member of Dynamic Dance Team, a hip hop dance team from the University of Maryland, College Park. Three years later, he began dancing with Culture Shock® as a member of the Season 10 cast in 2012. As a member of Culture Shock DC, Cameron prides himself on being an ambassador of hip hop and inspiring others to push the boundaries of dance. As the Director of Operations for Culture Shock DC, Cameron strives to motivate his fellow members to be the best professional dancers they can be and even better people.
Greg David, Artistic Director
Joining as a young boy with a passion for dance in 2007, Culture Shock DC has always been a dream upon a dream for Greg David. Greg eventually joined the Culture Shock® dance troupe in 2012 by way of their Scholarship program. Before becoming a member of Culture Shock DC, he was the director of the Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company based at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2015 Greg was named the Artistic Director of the Culture Shock® dance troupe. As a member of Culture Shock DC, he has fully committed himself cultivating empowerment within his dancers and his community.
Heungkook “HK” Stephens, Freestyle Director
Heungkook “HK” Stephens has been a member of Culture Shock DC since 2012, and the director of the Culture Shock® Freestyle Team since 2013. He started dancing when he was 13 years old, learning how to break dance for his middle school graduation. He continued to dance as a member of Anti-Loc-Breakz Crew and the Washington AIDS International Teens, a performing arts group teaching HIV/AIDS prevention. He became more dedicated to dance and the urban dance community after joining Dynamic at the University of Maryland, College Park and later, Culture Shock DC. As the director of the Culture Shock® Freestyle Team, HK strives to cultivate confidence, individual creativity, and discipline within the freestyle dancers, as well as offer a fun and fulfilling experience.
Open auditions for Culture Shock® are usually held in December. Please return here for additional details on auditions to be held in December 2015.
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