Award-winning non-profit community dance organization, Culture Shock LA is excited to announce the world premiere of their new ALL AGES show, "BEauty," at the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday, June 22 at 8:30pm. "BEauty" is the follow-up to last year's explosive production, "Which-A-Way" that had the audience on their feet all night long pumping their fists in excitement. This year's show will be jam packed with awe-inspiring urban and classical dance routines, thought-provoking spoken word-style poetry, and dazzling multimedia segments showcasing original photographs and short video segments related to the theme of defining and discovering beauty.
The concept for "BEauty" was inspired by both the dancers' own perceptions of beauty and their reaction to the "Beauty CULTure" photography exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography. "Our goal is to create a strong artistic production that entertains with its creative and innovative choreography and solid execution. We hope to challenge our dancers, choreographers, as well as audience members to broaden their perceptions of beauty," explains Allison Tanaka, Culture Shock LA's Co-Executive Director.
Distinguished dance crews and MCs participating in "BEauty" include LA's own Mischief Makers and the Kinjaz, whose members were featured on "America's Best Dance Crew Season 1's" Kaba Modern, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers "LXD," and Jabbawockeez's "Mus.I.C. Show." Special international guests this year are Funkdation from Monterey, Mexico, who gained notoriety for recently competing on "America's Best Dance Crew" Season 7 and becoming the first-ever crew from Mexico to appear on the show. Each crew will interpret their unique point of view on stereotypes, conventions, and social definitions of beauty through intricately choreographed dance numbers. The production will feature a cast of approximately 60 diverse dancers ranging in age from 8-35 years.
Culture Shock LA has also been selected by the Ford Amphitheatre to receive a scroll by the County Board of Supervisors on May 29, 2012. The group will be honored for their artistic achievements and 5 years of partnering with the theatre. To add to an already busy summer, CSLA will be participating in the Ford J.A.M Sessions. The group will be leading hip hop dance sessions all summer long. The first will take place at Mayberry Park in the city of Whittier on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00pm. On Friday, July 6 at 6:00pm, CSLA will take their session to the East Los Angeles Civic Center. For more information and a full schedule of all other J.A.M. Sessions, please visit www.fordjamsessions.org.
Lastly, Flypoet Entertainment, another popular Ford Summer Season artist whose show sold out last year, has forged a strategic alliance with CSLA. The organization has chosen to donate a portion of their show's proceeds to CSLA with the hope of starting a collaborative relationship to create art-driven opportunities for young people, especially foster youth throughout LA.