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A training troupe for dancers ages 6 to 13 years old, Mighty Shock® builds a solid Hip Hop dance foundation. Troupe members learn challenging routines and grow as individuals working toward a common goal of performing great routines at various community events and showcases. The teamwork and confidence that are displayed by these young dancers inspire youth and adults alike. Mighty Shock® and our other youth dance troupes are led by Lisa Norman, our Director of Youth Programs, and their respective artistic directors

Leadership

Audrey Medley, Artistic Director

Audrey Medley is the current Director of Mighty Shock DC, former principle dancer of Culture Shock DC for 3 years, and a member of Kick Rocks Dance Crew. She has been dancing since the age of three in a variety of genres including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, African, and Hip Hop. She began her dance journey in professional dance schools within the DMV area including Artistic Dance Academy (formally Cindy King), Atiya Performing Arts School, and Christian Dance Academy. She continued dancing throughout high school and college and co-founded the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Diamonds Dance Team. After graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2008, Audrey got back to her true passion and worked as a background dancer for local group WEST AVE and local artists Crystal Silva, Eric Arceneaux, DeShaude, and Ressa Renee. In 2013 she auditioned for Culture Shock DC and has been involved with the company in some way ever since. She began co-directing Mighty Shock DC in 2015 and after a short break she returns this year excited to focus on hip hop history and fundamentals. Training the next generation of dancers is a calling for her, and every day she is grateful to work with such amazing young dancers.
 

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Ashley Chapmen, Co-Artistic Director

Ashley Chapman grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she started dancing when she was four years old. She began competitive dance at a very young age, earning awards in jazz, tap, and musical theatre. In high school she switched her focus back to the fundamentals and rounded out her ballet and modern technique training with Towson University Children’s Dance Division and the White Marsh Ballet Academy. Ashley was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in her sophomore year of high school and was selected as one of the first members of the Baltimore County Honors Dance Ensemble in 2006. This ensemble consists of the top dancers from high schools throughout the Baltimore County Public School system. As a Theatre Major at Morgan State University, Ashley performed in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and the Walters Art Museum as well as starring as Penelope in the fall production of “The Odyssey.” Later she transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park as a Dance Major in 2008. There she performed in concerts for the Maryland Dance Ensemble as well as Tsveta Kassabova’s, “Where the Colors Blend into the Sounds.” Most notably it was at the University of Maryland where she discovered her love of hip hop dance and joined Dynamic Dance Troupe in 2009. It was also through Dynamic that Ashley was introduced to Culture Shock. She auditioned for Culture Shock DC in Season 9 and was selected as a scholarship dancer. She was soon promoted to member of the company. In 2012 she joined Cynthia Chavez in directing Mighty Shock® DC. Ashley had the pleasure of dancing as a member of Washington DC’s Splittin Image Crew. In addition she has danced for local vocal artist Shannon Ramsey, the opening act for Lil’ Wayne’s “I Am Music Tour” in Baltimore and for J. Holiday. Ashley is currently a core member of the Baltimore Dance Crew Project (BDCP) and the Co-Artistic Director of Mighty Shock® DC. As Co-Artistic Director, Ashley carries out her true passion of bringing dance to children of all backgrounds and provides training and mentorship to young dancers who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

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