Culture Shock Miami, a program that provides students with low-cost tickets to arts events, is expanding with a bang into presenting shows. On Saturday, it will bring the drumming and dance troupe Street Beat to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
The Los Angeles-based Street Beat uses tire rims, trash cans, brooms, bottles and other household objects and junk to make percussive music. The ensemble combines urban, rhythm-centric dance styles like hip-hop and tap with music and movement ideas drawn from jazz and African, Latin and Cuban culture.
A program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Culture Shock provides $5 tickets to teen and young-adult patrons for the Adrienne Arsht Center, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet and some 90 other venues and arts organizations. Its goal is to build arts-going habits that young people will carry into adulthood.
“Summer becomes quiet as most companies are between seasons,” says projects administrator Christina Tassy-Beauvoir. “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 artists will teach a free community dance and percussion class at 10 a.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay; register at 305-375-1949.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. performance are $5 for patrons ages 13 to 22 (plus one companion of any age) at cultureshockmiami.com. Regular tickets are $10-$15 at smdcac.org or 786-573-5300.