Student Program Expands co-production partnerships with Miami arts presenters

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) October 10, 2015

Culture Shock Miami, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs program to promote and increase attendance by students at arts and cultural institutions, enters its second decade with expanded programming, activities, and co-productions in the performing and visual arts. For its 2015-16 season, Culture Shock Miami is co-presenting performances with African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

In addition, Culture Shock Miami is independently presenting Blaze, The International Dance Spectacular, at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, on February 6, 2016 at 8 PM.

Through its website, CultureShockMiami.com, the program enables young adults, ages 13 to 22 year old, to attend live performances at just $5 per ticket, performed by top music, theater, dance, and performing arts presenters and to visit major museums and cultural destinations at $2.50 per admission pass. All tickets and passes are sold through CultureShockMiami.com, which are often for the best available seats and may be purchased free of any taxes, fees, or surcharges. A student must use the first ticket purchased, but the second ticket can be used by a person of any age.

According to Michael Spring, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, “We are proud of the 10-year achievements of the Culture Shock Miami program which has reduced ticket costs and lowered a significant barrier in attending arts events for our high school and college students. This allows them to attend performances of the finest artists from around the world more frequently and helps them mature into the next generation of cultural audiences.”

More than 60,000 tickets have been sold through CultureShockMiami.com, which have been donated by the more than 90 institutions throughout Miami-Dade County that participate in the program, including the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, GableStage, Miami City Ballet, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Perez Art Museum of Miami-Dade, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, and ZooMiami.

Throughout the season, new blocks of tickets from shows and venues all over Miami-Dade will be added to the CultureShockMiami.com website. Ticket buyers are encouraged to check regularly to see what becomes available.

---Culture Shock Miami Original Presentations and Co-Presentations Provide More $5 Tickets to Students---

Over the past two seasons, Culture Shock Miami has presented original programs of special interest to middle, high school, and college students, including Street Beat, Rhythmic Circus, Intergalactic Nemesis, The StepCrew, and Ballet Memphis.

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This season, on February 6, 2016 at 8 PM at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay, Culture Shock Miami Presents Blaze, a high-energy theatrical dance performance featuring 80 minutes of non-stop dance from some of the world’s hottest DJs, B-Boys and street dancers, to the music of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, David Guetta, and Snoop Dogg.

Christina Tassy-Beauvoir, Miami-Dade County Project Administrator who manages the Culture Shock Miami program said, “The successes of our past two years in producing and co-producing performances with our arts partners, such as South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, have helped us increase arts attendance among our youth as we better target their interests. The enthusiasm, interest, and participation in Culture Shock Miami has become our mandate to expand this work. We are very excited to add the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center and Miami-Dade County Auditorium as presentation partners.”

Many of the performances and artists of Culture Shock Miami’s co-presentations include educational and outreach components to help give greater appreciation to students for the creative process. Working with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system, Culture Shock Miami will offer free in-school performances, workshops, outreach events, and master classes for students and adults. All programs are subject to change.

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---Presentation and Co-Presentations---

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

Streb: Extreme Action Company: Forces
Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8 PM
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through smdcac.org: $30-$50

Elizabeth Streb is on a quest to present her newest action events with a clear theatrical trajectory. If action were drama, what is its true story? What makes action tick? Bowling balls fall, a floor rapidly turns to create turbulence, a 25 foot square wall is occupied by counter weighted performers and the Whizzing Gizmo invented by Noe and Ivan Espana intermittently ejects bodies.

The artists and collaborators involved in the creation of Forces, all recognized as being at the forefront of their fields, are joined by their passion to rethink the interface between people, technology, and society.

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Free Weekend Dance Workshop with members of Streb, Saturday, January 30, 2016
11 AM to 12:30 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

(Recommended for ages 10 through adult; open to all levels of dance. No charge for tickets. Reservations for all weekend workshops and master classes are available two weeks before the scheduled event. Tickets must be reserved through the smdcac website (http://www.smdcac.org) or by calling the Box Office at 786-573-5300.)
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Culture Shock Miami Presents

Blaze: The International Dance Spectacular
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through smdcac.org: $15-$35

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Following critically acclaimed tours to London, Russia, Germany, Australia, Paris, Italy, the Netherlands, Taipei and Bangkok, Blaze finally comes to the USA with a cast of the 16 best dancers in the world ready to pop, lock and break dance their way around the cities to entertain crowds of dance and music fans looking for a night of top entertainment.

Featuring music by Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, David Guetta, and Snoop Dogg, this family-friendly show takes the raw energy and athleticism of street dance and combines it with high-end production values. Blaze unites a creative and performance team that combine experience of having worked with the world’s top performers including The Rolling Stones, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé.

Weekend Dance Workshop with members of Blaze
Saturday, February 6, 2016
11 AM to 12:30 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

(Recommended for ages 10 through adult; open to all levels of dance. No charge for tickets. Reservations for all weekend workshops and master classes are available two weeks before the scheduled event. Tickets must be reserved through the SMDCAC website (http://www.smdcac.org) or by calling the Box Office at 786-573-5300.)
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Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

Step Afrika!
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through SMDCAC.org: $25

StepAfrika! returns for its second appearance at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. It is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. They promote an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. They accomplish this mission through arts education activities, international cultural exchange programs and performances world-wide.

Weekend Dance Workshop with members of Step Afrika!
Saturday, February 13, 2016
11 AM to 12:30 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

(Recommended for ages 10 through adult; open to all levels of dance. No charge for tickets. Reservations for all weekend workshops and master classes are available two weeks before the scheduled event. Tickets must be reserved through the smdcac website (http://www.smdcac.org) or by calling the Box Office at 786-573-5300.)
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Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through SMDCAC.org: $25-$45

For more than 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Most recently, the four-time Grammy Award winning group — including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album — celebrated the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland.
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Culture Shock Miami and African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Present

An Evening with Savion Glover & John DeJohnette
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20-$40

In celebration of its forty years of service, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Centrer teams up with Culture Shock Miami to present a tour de force of percussion and rhythm that glorifies the vibrational power exchanged between two greats - Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette. Glover, with fellow Hoofer Marshall Davis, Jr., joins drummer Jack DeJohnette and friends to take the audience on a journey of melodies extracting unprecedented and beautiful music living within two masterful souls. This once-in-a-lifetime session defines why these two percussive artists are considered legends.
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Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

Saturday Night Fever
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through smdcac.org: $37.50-$80

One of the most beloved dance stories of all time in a spectacular new production, Saturday Night Fever is the coming of age tale of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970s Brooklyn. Based on the 1977 movie starring John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking,” “You Should Be Dancing,” and “How Deep is Your Love,” in addition to several new songs written especially for this production.

Come dressed in your favorite costume from the 1970’s for a post-show disco party!
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Culture Shock Miami and Miami-Dade County Auditorium Present

Companhia Urbana de Dança
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8 PM
Miami-Dade County Auditorium

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through Miamidadecountyauditorium.org: $30

Founded in 2005 by Sonia Destri Lie, the Brazilian dancer and choreographer of Italian descent, Companhia Urbana de Dança is a dance troupe in the hip-hop genre, which has achieved increasing international recognition. The company features works that creatively embrace elements of hip-hop, b-boying, contemporary dance, and also Brazilian social dances. Lie has recruited and trained dancers from Rio's favelas, whatever their social or ethnic backgrounds.

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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents

Backyard Bash
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Lawn & Plaza

Free, tickets required through CultureShockMiami.com or smdcac.org

Kicking off the its 2015-2016 season, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center hosts a Backyard Bash on the Concert Lawn of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Attendees are treated to the sounds of Swing and New Orleans Jazz with featured acts: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Hot 8 Brass Band, Aaron Lebos Reality and DJ Le Spam. Food and drinks available for purchase. No cost for tickets.
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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents

globalFEST On The Road – Creole Carnival
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Lawn & Plaza

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price Tickets through SMDCAC.org: $28

The Creole Carnival Tour honors the roots of African musical currents, crossed with a fusion of sounds from the Americas, and revolving around Carnival, the pre-Lent festival celebrated globally that’s everyone's favorite excuse for a party. From Brazil (Casuarina) — the superpower of celebration — to Haiti (Emeline Michel) and Jamaica (Brushy One String), each country has its own rich traditions for music, dancing, costumes, and cutting loose. globalFEST’s international trio of artists will explore, expand, and upend notions of Carnival.
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Dranoff 2 Piano Presents

Piano Slam 8: A Contemporary, Classical, Hip-Hop, Spoken Word Extravaganza featuring Miami’s Young Poets Directed by Teo Castellanos
Thursday, April 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Free, tickets required through cultureshockmiami.com and dranoff(at)piano.org

The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Presents Piano Slam 8, a program at the Adrienne Arsht Center that features award-winning students of middle schools and high schools within the Miami Dade Public School System in an evening of music and original poetry.

PIANO SLAM 8, is the annual music, poetry, dance spectacular showcasing one of Dranoff’s award-winning professional duo pianist teams with DJs, some of Miami-Dade’s most gifted young public high school student-poets. These students, having won top prizes at county-wide poetry competition based on the music in their lives, will perform with international musicians and Miami’s hottest Spoken Word artists and dancers in multi-arts extravaganza. There is no cost for tickets but concert attendees will not be admitted without one.
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CultureShockMiami.com, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Miami-Dade County, provides an affordable and attractive way to encourage high school and college students ages 13-22 to buy tickets to the rich variety of cultural events. The program is designed to introduce this next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, CultureShockMiami.com is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become the full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future.

CultureShockMiami.com’s Program Partners include African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, TicketWeb.com, the Miami-Dade County Public School System, local arts organizations, and area colleges and universities.

Throughout the year, many Miami-Dade museums and cultural sites make two-for-$5 admission passes available to CultureShockMiami.com visitors. They include The Wolfsonian, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami Children’s Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, HistoryMiami, ZooMiami, Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more.

---About Culture Shock Miami and http://www.CultureShockMiami.com ---

Culture Shock Miami was inaugurated in 2005-06 by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has sold over 60,000 tickets through its website http://www.CultureShockMiami.com. A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

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