Culture Shock Hip Hop Class at Strathmore

If you’re looking for an int/adv hip hop class, make your way to Strathmore Thursday nights for Culture Shock’s company class.  Lucky for me and other non drivers in the District, Strathmore is easily accessible by Metro.  Just hop on the Red Line to Shady Grove and get off at Grosvesnor-Strathmore.  Once you get out of the station, make your way to the parking garage and you can walk through there to get to the complex.  It’s kind of creepy walking through the garage, but it’s a short walk so tough it out.

Strathmore is one of the few places I’ve been to class where they take both cards and cash so that’s nice.  Culture Shock’s company class is also $15 for drop ins which is one of the cheaper prices I’ve seen so far (well, except for Urban Artistry’s free open practice sessions on Sundays).  The room where they teach class is absolutely huge with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows.

Class started out with a warm up from one of the Culture Shock members.  It was complete with jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups and stretching.  All of which made me realize how out of shape and NOT flexible I am these days.  Afterward, Anna Jung of the Gnc Crew and I’m assuming also Culture Shock stepped up to start teaching her combination to Le Disko’s “Shiny Toy Guns.”

The class was pretty full, about 50 students.  It was tough trying to watch Anna while she taught but she was good about changing lines frequently and having the people in front duck down every so often so those in the back could see.  After she taught the combo, she split us up into four groups.  After each group went, she had Culture Shock girls then Culture Shock boys show the combo then invited other crews to join in.  You might feel left out since many of the attendees are friends and dance together, but they teach great choreography from a variety of dancers and always have a full house.  Def worth the $4.30 round trip (from Dupont Circle Metro).

This is a video I found on YouTube posted by Miguel Almario.  It gives you a good idea about what the space looks like and how many people you’ll be dancing with.

The Deets

  • Culture Shock
  • Int/Adv Hip Hop
  • CityDance Center at Strathmore – 5301 Tuckerman Lane; North Bethesda, MD 20852
  • Thursdays 830pm (I left around 10pm, but not sure if the class ran late)
  • $15 drop ins (cash or card)
  • 1/14/11 Update: Culture Shock DC now teaches its company class at DC Dance Collective in Friendship Heights.

About Cecile
Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

3 Responses to Culture Shock Hip Hop Class at Strathmore

  1. Love the blog and dance class reviews, thanks for sharing and look forward to reading more! Are you planning on participating in the bigNational Dance Day event”/a> on the National Mall next Saturday?

  2. Cecile says:

    Thanks, Grace! I may be in NYC next weekend, but if not I will def be down at the Mall.

  3. Pingback: Oklahoma!, Silk Road Dance Company and CityDance Ensemble « danceDC

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