Janet Jackson

Pop-culture 'Nutcracker' for the New Year: San Diego's Culture Shock dance troupe to perform theatrical, hip-hop version of holiday classic

Pop-culture 'Nutcracker' for the New Year: San Diego's Culture Shock dance troupe to perform theatrical, hip-hop version of holiday classic

It's about a half-century since hip-hop, a fusion of Caribbean rhythms and inner-city New York attitude, began showing off its beats, rhymes and moves in the streets of the South Bronx. The dancers were young, male, low-rent, high-energy and nonwhite.

Who'd have thought the craze would be so long-lasting, and that one of the people responsible for spreading its culture would be a not-so-young white woman in San Diego, a former jazz dancer who started a hip-hop dance training center here so she could learn along with her students.

In 1993, Angie Bunch founded the Culture Shock Dance Center, which has since morphed into an international nonprofit, with classes and performance...

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