Coming Soon- The Pro Track

The Pro Track
Technical Training for dancers of all levels to fulfill their potential as versatile and multi-dimensional dance artists. Emphasis in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and Theatre Dance. In collaboration with professional dance artists and educators Steven Sofia and Wilson Mendieta.

The program launches this summer in several phases beginning with a series of Masterclasses:

Friday, July 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, July 13, 2:30-4:30pm
Friday, July 19, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, July 20, 2:30-4:30pm

Friday, August 2, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, August 3, 2:30-4:30pm
Friday, August 9, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, August 10, 2:30-4:30pm

Single Drop-in $20 • Friday/Saturday, Two Classes $35 • Two Weekends, Four Classes $60

The Pro Track
To continue its goal of giving “dancers of all levels the best training and most useful tools to fulfill their potential”, Culture Shock Dance Center announces, The Pro Track. The new program will offer broad and rigorous training to those seeking to become versatile and multi-dimensional dance artists.
As part of a collaboration with professional dance artists and educators Steven Sofia and Wilson Mendieta, Culture Shock seeks to offer San Diego, and Southern California, a single epicenter for pre- and professional dancers to find training with equal emphasis on ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, jazz and theatre dance. This rigorous training will be balanced with offerings on somatic practices, composition courses and business lectures specific for the performing artist.
The program will be launched in several phases beginning with a series of Masterclasses during the Summer of 2019, and will eventually graduate to weekend intensives intended to train, challenge and push the limit of the Southern California dancers to become well-rounded artists proficient in many dance forms.

Steven Sofia is presently teaching Dance and Pilates at Chapman University. Prior to joining the faculty at Chapman, he spent three years as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington for the Musical Theater Program.  Steven is a Broadway performer, dance captain, choreographer and dance and Pilates teacher. His Broadway and National tours credits include: Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls (‘92 revival) and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story. Some other credits include: A Chorus Line at Olney Theatre (Helen Hayes Award winner for the Best Musical in 2013), An evening with Betty Buckley at Carnegie Hall, Applause at City Center’s Encores, Susan Stroman’s Contact with Sarasota Ballet at Asolo Rep. Theatre, and several Tony Awards and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade presentations. He also danced with The American Dance Machine where he worked with such choreographers as Ron Field, Agnes DeMille, Buzz Miller and Gwen Verdon, to name a few. He has been an assistant to Broadway choreographers Tony Stevens and Chris Chadman. Steven restaged the National Tour of Chicago for Troika, a number for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Andy Williams, productions of Pippin and Anything Goes at the UW, a production for the Wings Theater, and directed and choreographed Pippin for NYU’s Cap21. Steven has been on the dance faculty with NYU, Cap21, SUNY Purchase, Marymount College, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Steven is also a certified classical Pilates instructor.

Wilson Mendieta is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Chapman University where he has choreographed for Chapman Celebrates and the Dance Faculty concert. Prior to his arrival to Southern California, he served as a Director of the Musical Theater Program at the University of Washington in Seattle (2013 - 2017), where he also earned an M.F.A. degree in Dance and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Evans School of Public Affairs. Some of his creative credits at the University of Washington include directing productions of Pippin and Sweet Charity for the Musical Theater Program. He also earned a B.F.A degree in Acting and a B.A. minor in Dance from Montclair State University. After his undergraduate training, Wilson lived in the New York City area where he worked as a performer for television, radio spots, commercials, concert dance companies and Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals, and in the process getting the opportunity to share stages and deepen his artistic voice alongside dignitaries of the performing arts such as Chita Rivera, Tony Stevens, Patty LaBelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mark Dendy and Kevin Wynn, to name a few. His choreography has been seen throughout the United States including at The Kennedy Center in D.C., and has been invited to festivals in Venezuela and Australia. He’s taught at the University of Minnesota, Purchase, Montclair State, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP 21, Steps on Broadway, and Dance New Amsterdam, to name a few. His research on how to better equip performing arts students to have sustained careers in their fields has been invited for presentation at the International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Oahu, HI. He also has served as a panelist for several arts funding organizations including The National Endowment for the Arts.