Culture Shock Miami Presents STREET BEAT for One Show Only, Sat. July 13

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For cool teens who want a hot show with high-energy rhythm & an unending beat.

There’s a new producer in town and just in time for summer. The name is CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI Presents. For the first time, Culture Shock Miami, a program the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs that provides $5 tickets to 13 to 22 year olds for live entertainment and attractions around Miami-Dade, will present its own show: STREET BEAT, a kinetic, maximum energy explosion of urban rhythm and dance.

STREET BEAT will be presented on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 8pm on the Main Stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay.

STREET BEAT, a perfect premiere presentation for CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, takes the most ancient of art forms – drumming and dancing – and brings it to the modern stage, drawing the audience into its magic. The cast uses junk and common household items, from broomsticks, bottles, and buckets to tire rims and trash can covers, to create homemade instruments, complementing their bongos and body slapping. It all adds up to a unique evening of percussion and movement as intimate as a heartbeat and as boisterously crowd-pleasing as the best party you’ve ever been to!

Through CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, ticket prices are extremely affordable at only $5 for 13-22 year olds and a $5 ticket for a companion of any age. Visit http://www.cultureshockmiami.com to purchase tickets. $15-$10 tickets are available to the general public through http://www.SMDCAC.org or by calling the SMDCAC box office at 786-573-5300. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay. Tickets are on sale now.

CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI selected STREET BEAT as its first presentation because of its top quality production values and it strong appeal to the entire CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI audience of students 13 to 22 years old. Christina Tassy-Beauvoir, Projects Administrator, Culture Shock Miami said, “We receive most of our tickets to offer our youth from over 90 of Miami-Dade’s top performing and visual arts organizations during the fall, winter, and spring. However, the summer becomes quiet as most companies are between seasons. We felt that to best serve our CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI buyers in the off season, we should present a show that everyone would enjoy. STREET BEAT is the ideal event.”

According to Ben Hansen, STREET BEAT’s director, “We take African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz concepts and mix them all into a gumbo of our own to produce something dynamic and complex, yet simple to grasp and full of raw energy at the same time. Art should inform, but it also ought to taste good. In the theatrical setting, we can really focus this energy and make the audience an integral part of the experience.”

“STREET BEAT had the audience on the edge of their seats, applauding and hooting with joy,” said Bronx News Network.

There will be education and outreach events taking place with the STREET BEAT cast. The artists of STREET BEAT will present a free instrument-making workshop to summer camps on Friday, July 12 at 10am at the SMDCAC (by invitation). They will also teach a community dance and percussion class for all education levels at the Center on Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am. To RSVP for the dance classes the public should call Gerry Landreth at 305/375-1949.

About STREET BEAT

STREET BEAT is an American urban drum and dance troupe utilizing junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion and featuring modern “street” choreography of varying styles, including Breakdance, hip-hop, parkour, and tap.The group merges African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz concepts in their compositions and dances. They have been dubbed by one critic as “an urbanized journey through percussion.”

STREET BEAT appears at performing arts venues nationwide. The company also offers abbreviated show concepts to fairs and festivals throughout the United States, in addition to leading teambuilding workshops for numerous corporate entities. Created in Los Angeles in 2002 by Danish session drummer Benjamin Hansen, the genesis of the group was initially as a student outreach project for the Los Angeles Unified School District, designed to teach kids self-reliance and teamwork through drumming. Street Beat’s Arts Educational programs are developed in collaboration with Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The birth of STREET BEAT as a theatrical act commenced in 2007 when Hansen expanded the troupe to its current 6 to 8 -piece configuration and took it on the road, touring extensively in the U.S., including Alaska. STREET BEAT has performed at numerous special events, some for Larry King and AEG Worldwide. In other productions, STREET BEAT has worked together with Gary Sinise and Jason Alexander and performed with Grammy award-winning group Ozomatli.

About CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI (http://www.CultureShockMiami.com)

CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, provides an affordable and attractive way to encourage high school and college students ages 13-22 to buy tickets at $5 to the rich variety of cultural events. A companion of any age can buy a $5 ticket as well. 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, CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI 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.

CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center are managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. These two organizations are dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.    

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 nearly 35,000 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.

In 2011, CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI was selected and introduced as a lead partner to Florida International University’s Honors College's initiative, HEARTS - Honors Education in the Arts. HEARTS gives Honors College students the opportunity to be exposed to the arts in their courses, as well as through extra-curricular activities. In addition, HEARTS serves as a clearinghouse (and curatorial framework) for students to experience the arts on campus and in the community-at-large by providing them with information about and access to cultural activities and performances. CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI continues its sponsorship and support of the program for the 2013-14 season.

About South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes 961 seat state-of-the- art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.). The site also includes an activities building which houses lab / experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances. A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.

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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