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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


Unissa Cruse- Ferguson, Co-Artistic Director

Unissa Cruse- Ferguson is a 2014 graduate from the University of Maryland- College Park. While attending the university, Unissa studied Dance and Family Science, obtaining dual degrees; Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. In 2013, Unissa became the Artistic Director for Phunktions Dance Company. Phunktions is a student- organized contemporary hip- hop team located at the university. She resigned in 2015.
Furthermore, in 2013, Unissa first entered the Culture Shock DC family as a scholar, in which she was given the opportunity to train with and receive feedback form Culture Shock dancers in weekly company class and in a few of their closed rehearsals. After one year, Unissa auditioned again for Culture Shock DC, and was promoted to a principle dancer on the team. The following year Unissa was offered the role of Co- Scholarship Coordinator for Culture Shock. In September of 2015,  Unissa was offered the position as a Co- Artistic Director for Mighty Shock DC, in which she eagerly accepted.
Now, Unissa is currently employed, as an investigator, at the Public Defender Service for DC. She is still an Co- Artistic Director for Mighty Shock DC. This will be Unissa‘s third season as a principle dancer for Culture Shock DC. Unissa is also a member of the hip- hop company for Capital Movement Dance Company, Inc.

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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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