staying cutting-edge — keeping that edge honed. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, urban dance collective Culture Shock L.A. has maintained its edge, continuing its dual mission of bringing urban dance from the street to the stage and giving back to its community. This 20th-anniversary concert offers a rainbow of hip-hop dance styles, with Culture Shock L.A.'s dancers joined by guest troupes including The Kinjaz, Mischief Makers, The Company and Versa-Style Dance Company, plus guest appearances by members of Poreotics (America's Best Dance Crew season-five winners), Kaba Modern, Quest Crew and Mos Wanted Crew. The celebration continues Sunday with what promises to be an equally lively open competition of 2v2 All-Styles and 2v2 Breakin' Battles. From its California base, Culture Shock now has eight troupes based in cities throughout the United States and Canada, offering a rich mix of performance, community events and well-regarded educational programs targeting schools in underserved communities. With b-boys and b-girls showcased on TV competitions such as America's Best Dance Crew and holding their own with more traditional dance styles on So You Think You Can Dance, it's clear that, although the war for respect isn't over in the professional dance realm, street dance sure knows how to battle. Concert at Long Beach Terrace Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Sat., July 12, 7 p.m.; $26. Battles at Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance; Sun., July 13, 1 p.m.; free to watch, $5 to compete. (310) 918-7193, cultureshockla.org.
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