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Crishana Loritsch is a licensed property manager by day and a budding fashionista 24/7. A fourth generation native Washingtonian, she loves all things DC and credits her upbringing with making her into what she feels is a classic 21st century Renaissance woman.

Her love of the arts, music, fashion and all things girly began at an early age. Family legend has it that she only agreed to walk at the age of 22 months after her uncle promised to buy her a new dress. She walked the very next day and will walk a mile gladly to find the latest beauty and fashion must haves at a fantastic price. Her fondest memories growing up involve shopping with her Mom at Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies to us DC natives) and visiting every museum and art gallery that her legs and her Metro card could carry her. A few of her favorite DC destinations are The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Zoo, and The Phillips Collection. Living in the DC area and being in the property management field can be stressful, so Crishana is always on the lookout to take advantage of every opportunity to invest in her sanity, whether it's taking in a concert, seeing a ballet, or getting a massage and facial.

Crishana also makes sure to give back to her industry and local community. She co-chairs the Outreach Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Association Institute (WMCCAI) and also serves on its Editorial Committee as one of its featured writers of their publication, Quorum magazine. She was honored as the WMCCAI 2011 Volunteer of the Year as well as being named one of its 2011 Rising Stars. Additionally, she participates in 5K/10K races all over the Washington DC metro area which benefit such charitable organizations at Ringing In Hope, Habitat for Humanity Loudoun County, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and The American Red Cross.

Jam For Sandy: Hip Hop Dance Battle To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims

The best competitive dancers from all over the east coast will converge on the D.C. area to rally support, raise money and collect clothing for the victims ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The dance battle takes place at the newly opened Seize the Dance Gym in Capital Heights, Md. on Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m. Proceeds from the jam will directly benefit New York Cares, a charitable organization dedicated to meeting pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer services.

Jam for Sandy

Jam for Sandy (Photo Credit: cultureshockdc.org)

While the battles will be sure to get competitive, it is all for a worthy cause.  In addition to the registered battles, there will be five different DJ’s spinning all night as well as an exhibition contest. The exhibition battle will be between Fleg (Lionz of Zion/MD) versus Man of God (Rhythm Attack/Motion Disorders/Chicago). Special guest chef Bounme Phetdevone will be vending food. The Jam for Sandy promises an amazing evening with guest judges that include Bboy Domkey, winner of Red Bull BC One North America, and Prince Lavince of the International House of Waackers – NYC.

Jam organizer Bboy Dynamike Chau, who also represents Culture Shock D.C. says, “This jam is not only to help those in need in the North East, but to show the power of the Hip Hop Culture. Many dancers know that the birth place of Hip Hop is the Bronx, New York. When the birth place of our culture that we live in is in need, the least we can do is try our best to help restore it. Hip Hop does not owe us anything, but we definitely owe it a lot.”

Be sure to make room on your calendar to support our east coast neighbors in their time of need.

Culture Shock, D.C. is a professional dance company under the Culture Shock Inc. umbrella.  Culture Shock, D.C. is a non-profit youth outreach organization committed to using the art of hip-hop dance as a tool for providing constructive alternatives for urban youth through dance training and mentor relationships, as well as educating the broader community about the positive influences and possibilities of hip-hop culture. For more information visit cultureshockdc.org.

WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Seize the Dance Gym
9251 Hampton Overlook
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Ph. 301-333-0015

TICKETS: $7 Entrance fee + $5 to battle
$2 off entrance fee with a donation of two articles of clothing

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