Future Shock® is our apprentice dance troupe and provides youth ages 14 to 17 with substantial experience studying and performing urban dance forms. Our Culture Shock® troupe members often mentor these dancers. The family environment encourages team work, respect, and positive self-expression. Future Shock® dancers are required to maintain satisfactory grade-point averages and participate regularly in local community outreach events. Their performances often draw large, diverse audiences and are applauded for their high level of technical and artistic excellence. 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. Future Shock® and our other youth dance troupes are led by Lisa Norman, our Director of Youth Programs, and their respective artistic directors.
Ollie Sangster, Co-Artistic Director
Ollie started dancing in the fall of 2010 as a member of Dynamic, a hiphop dance organization on the University of Maryland College Park campus. There he received a rigorous training regiment that would help prepare him to work in the industry. After a year Ollie, auditioned for and made Culture Shock Washington D.C. Culture Shock is a nonprofit Professional HipHop Dance organization focused on giving back to the youth. Ollie held a leadership role as a choreography captain and was the head of reachout community service on the adult company that helps contribute to Culture Shock DC’s 501(c)3 NonProfit status. Culture Shock has provided many opportunities for Ollie . He has trained with elite dancers and choreographers from all over the nation such as; Tony Tzar, Lyle Beniga, George Jones Jr., Jose BoyBoi Tena, Amandy Fernandez, Neil Schwartz, Jared Jenkins, and many others. From there Ollie went on to be a founder an elite all male crew, the UpperClassMen, which debuted in October of 2012. The UpperClassMen have since then competed and showcased in various places on the east coast, bringing complex and entertaining choreography to audiences everywhere. Ollie has opened for groups such as Poreotics, and Elektrolytes and has been featured in music videos from local artists including but not limited to Alexis Valencia, and the Ozone. Ollie has also done some industry work with DC50 the CW as a dancer/actor. Ollie has worked at various studios around the DMV including but not limited to B.funk Dance Company, Dawn Crafton Dance Connection, and Elite Dance Studio. There he works as a teacher/choreographer for some of the top youth talents in the DMV. Through B.funk, he worked closely with Monsters of HipHop assisting choreographers including Sean Bankhead, Kevin Maher, Laura Edwards, and more. As a choreographer, Ollie has toured internationally traveling to over 20 states and 4 countries. Ollie has had pieces on stages such as Culture Shock International Choreographers’ Showcase, World of Dance, Universoul Circus, Prelude, Pride Dance Competition, and the National Dance Congress of Mexico.
Shamonet Haynes-Warner, Co-Artistic Director
Shamonet Haynes-Warner has been dancing since the tender age of three. Since then her skill quickly turned into a passion that would last for years. She was groomed as a young dancer attending various well-known local dance studios. Through these years she embarked on the experience of dance competitions from 1993 to 1996 in Richmond, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC. In 1997 she was accepted into Thomas G. Pullen Magnet School where she majored in Dance. That summer she was awarded a full scholarship to train for two summers with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in Harlem, NY. The fall of 1999 she was accepted into Duke Ellington School of the Arts where she had the opportunity to perform a piece choreographed by Louis Johnson, the infamous choreographer of “The Wiz”, perform at the Kennedy Center, complete two summer intensives with the dance program at Howard University, trained and took master classes with Eleo Pomare, Ronald K. Brown, Kevin Malone, Alvin Ailey School of Dance and travel to Bermuda and North Carolina for performances. She graduated in 2003 as Most Outstanding Dancer in her class and went on to complete two years at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
She currently teaches advanced levels of Jazz at Dawn Crafton Dance Studio and Elite Dance Studio. Aside from teaching Shamonet performed two seasons with Culture Shock DC and is currently an active member on KickRocks Crew based in DC.
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