In 2001, current Executive Director Margareta Chughtai (formerly Eysel) moved from San Diego, California, where she was a core dancer with the original non-profit Culture Shock(r) dance organization, to start a new life in the east coast. She soon settled in Maryland. In 2002, Margareta and co-founder Brian Resurrection decided to establish a Culture Shock(r) chapter in the Washington, D.C. area and called it Culture Shock(r), Washington, D.C. (Culture Shock(r) DC or CSDC). Margareta served as its first Artistic Director while Brian served as the Administrative Director. Since then, CSDC has grown with the addition of many new dancers, captains, and staff members. Previously, CSDC operated under the non-profit umbrella of Culture Shock(r) San Diego. However, since 2009, CSDC runs as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the greater Culture Shock(r) International dance organization. Like the other Culture Shock(r) chapters, the mission of the Culture Shock(r) DC is to entertain and inspire communities through innovative performances, artist development opportunities, and community enrichment.
Culture Shock(r) DC has about 150 dancers in five troupes based on age and experience. The main professional troupe, Culture Shock(r), actively performs around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. In a world where style and music are constantly changing, Culture Shock(r) choreography remains innovative and unique, resulting in a troupe of individuals who express hip-hop in a style all their own. Our concerts continue to draw many dance fans from the DC area and beyond, even selling out venues with 1,500 seats.
In addition to our concerts, national and international dance instructors visit to introduce new and exciting choreography at our weekly classes. These instructors train our dancers and other passionate members of the community different styles in hip-hop and American Street Dance. Culture Shock DC has had the honor and pleasure of partnering with the DEA Youth Dance Program, bringing free dance to low income, at-risk youth in the Annapolis community for more than 3 years.