San Diego Staff
Culture Shock San Diego continues to be able to accomplish its mission with the contributions of MANY throughout the year – the staff, the many volunteers, the troupe families, the donors, the board of directors, and the community support. For that we THANK YOU.
Jazmyn Phillips, Programs Director
Jazmyn Phillips began her dance training as a child and her passion for movement has never wavered. In 2004, she was accepted on to the youth hip hop troupe, Future Shock San Diego and she became a member of San Diego staff. She trained and performed with the Shock family until she moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree at Colorado Mesa University. After graduating in the spring of 2016, she traveled back home to search for work within her dance degree. Culture Shock Dance Troupe welcomed her back as a director for Mini Shock. During her third season with Mini Shock she found herself coordinating Culture Shock San Diego’s 25th Anniversary International Choreographer’s Showcase. The immensity of this production inspired her to take on a larger role within the Organization. Jazmyn is now the Programs Manager of Culture Shock San Diego, and learning something new everyday.
George Busto, Mini Shock Director
13-year Navy veteran, dance educator, and choreographer. He took his first dance classes at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL in 2009 where he studied modern, jazz, and choreography with Valerie Alpert, Terry Crews, Jeannine Potter, and Lamaiya Lancaster, and performed in the “Fear No Art” as well as “Winter Prairie” dance production.
As a company dancer, George has performed with Valerie Alpert Dance Company at the 2011 Regional Alternative Dance Festival in Michigan, Hype “Hip Hop for Hope” Dance Competition, and also dance with Impulse Dance Crew, Cryptic Movement Crew, and LatinoXpressions.
Since moving to San Diego, George has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Arnel Calvario, Terri Shipman, Grace Shinhae Jun-Mills, and Jean Isaacs, and participated in 2013 & 2015 Culture Shock Hip Hop Nutcracker, 2016 Trolley Dances, 2016 City College Dance Production, and a 2017 San Diego Dance Theater Choreographers’ showcase finalist. He had the privilege to integrate San Diego staff too. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Carmen Macias, Mighty Shock Youth Director
Carmen Macias has been dancing for 10+ years with a background in hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and salsa. Her training includes studios like Culture Shock Dance Center, Academy of Performing Arts Dance Studio, and Chula Vista High School (School of Creative and Performing Arts), and she has been teaching for 5 years and counting, with students ranging in age from 3 to 70 years old. Carmen trained with the professional Culture Shock San Diego dance troupe for 5 years and is now a proud Culture Shock San Diego Alumni.
She has been teaching dance in many different places from schools to studios, and has experience as a back-up dancer for a few artists, including Baby Bash for the z90.3 Jingle Jam Concert, and was in several music videos. A b-girl in the Breaking community going by the name “Chola Roc,” she represents herself and a group of b-girls in San Diego at Queen Bee’s.
Carmen’s role with the CSSD organization is as one of the Youth Directors of Mighty Shock San Diego. With her love for dance, and her desire to inspire and teach the roots, history, and foundation of this amazing culture, she lends great talents and leadership to the Mighty Shock dancers!
Kaylar Preite, Future Shock Director
Kaylar Preite has been dancing for about 16 years and has trained in various styles including jazz, tap, ballet, and modern. However, her passion for hip-hop has taken over her dance career. She was a member of Future Shock San Diego for 6 years and is now one of their directors for the spring 2018 season. She is also currently on a dance team in San Diego called 220 and has been teaching at various studios and schools throughout the county. While continuing to train and learn as a dancer, Kaylar has been working on her path as a choreographer as well. But, in her heart she will always be a performer.
Sean Memije, Culture Shock Artistic Director
Since the age of 3, Sean has always had a love for dance. From emulating the moves of Michael Jackson to learning the latest party dances from his older sister, rhythm and movement came natural to Sean. However, it wasn’t until after high school when he tapped into his full potential as a dancer. During college, Sean went to his first audition for a hip hop dance troupe called Formality. He made it onto the team and went on to being a part of the only troupe to sweep all 4 major hip hop competitions in one year.
From there, Sean choreographed, danced with, and directed other San Diego troupes such as 220 (Second to None), The Rejects, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, FrameWork, Frenemies, Future Shock and currently, Culture Shock San Diego. Throughout his dance career, Sean has had the pleasure to train with great artists such as Wade Robson, NappyTabs, Angie Bunch, Gus Bembery, Jaffar Smith, The Jabbawockeez, Keone Madrid, Vinh Nguyen, and Lando Wilkins, just to name a few. Currently, Sean is a resident hip hop teacher at the Culture Shock Dance Center. Sean is also a primary choreographer/show director at SeaWorld San Diego, and the Artistic Director of Culture Shock San Diego. Sean continues to be a humble student of dance. He wishes to continue teaching and sharing his unique style of creativity through dance to the world.