Torrey Pines Dance Team Captain Brianna Haire stars in ‘CultureShock Nutcracker’

Brianna Haire with castmates in the 3rd annual "CultureShock Nutcracker"
Brianna Haire playing the lead as Clara.

CultureShock, a non-profit based in San Diego, recently sold out all four shows in its 3rd annual version of what Director Angie Bunch calls, "... a Nutcracker you have never seen before... it’s based on the same original Tchaikovsky’s score but with today’s popular songs and centered around pop-culture and hip-hop...”

The 3rd annual event was held at the historic Speckles Theater in downtown San Diego and had over 200 performers from the local area, including Torrey Pines Varsity Dance Captain Brianna Haire playing the lead as Clara. Brianna earned national notoriety at age 12 winning Lifetime’s reality TV show “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” developed from the producers of Dance Moms, where she won the grand prize of $100,000 and was crowned “Champion of Season One.” Brianna is currently on tour with the Pulse Productions, when she’s not juggling five AP classes at Torrey as a junior and getting her Falcon dance team ready for another dance competition season.

When asked what was so special about the Nutcracker? Brianna replied, "’s not your typical Nutcracker that everyone grew up with and it was so amazing to be a part of this well as performing with my little sister, Britney, was one of those things I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

The non-profit CultureShock not only put on four sold out shows, but also provided the Girl Scouts from different troupes from around San Diego County with the opportunity to see the production for free through donations provided by local sponsors. Future productions, auditions and information on how to be a part of and become a sponsor can be found through their website at