The mission of Malashock Dance is to illuminate the power of dance as an invaluable part of the human experience. It is a gathering place for artists to create new work, connect with audiences, and offer unique educational opportunities.

We believe dance belongs to everyone.

Dear Friend,

What an exciting time to be involved in Malashock Dance! As we embrace our evolution into a community-centered organization, we are already experiencing how this has a positive effect on every aspect of our programs and operations. Fostering a sense of community, expanding what dance can do, and creating spaces where people feel they are valued is what drives me as a leader. I want to take a moment to recognize the incredible team of dancers, administrators, board members, and faculty who are essential to the success of Malashock Dance. They inspire me every day as they create a space where we can be brave and authentic because that is the space where creativity thrives. I hope you will engage with us in as many ways as possible. This month we have created opportunities for you to enjoy an open community class with our resident artist, Tristian Griffin, attend an open rehearsal to experience how dance is made, attend our production of Perpetual (E)motion, and see a free performance in our studio performed by the Malashock Dance Company and Junior Company. Thank you for your support as we continue to share our love of dance with you. 

Warmly, Molly Puryear, Executive Director




Guest Choreographers Christopher K. Morgan and Tristian Griffin will join founding Artistic Director, John Malashock in creating a program of three dances fueled by emotional storytelling and dramatically personal physical expression.

April 15 @ 7:30 pm

April 16 VIP reception @ 1:00 pm / performance @ 2:30 pm

(click the link for more details)

Dancers: Micah Parra & Jessica Rabanzo-Flores

Photo: Jim Carmody


Malashock Dance is a gathering place for artists to create new work and connect with audiences. We want to share our process with you! Observe rehearsal, and meet the dancers and resident choreographer Tristian Griffin, who will present work in perpetual (E)motion April 15 & 16.

TRISTIAN GRIFFIN OPEN REHEARSAL: Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Tune into Jazz 88.3 FM on April 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm for an interview with John Malashock about our upcoming performance. 


Join us on Friday April 7, 2023 from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. in our studio where Malashock Dance Company will perform an excerpt from Resident Artist Tristian Griffin’s new choreographic work that will premiere in the upcoming production of Perpetual (E)motion. Malashock Dance Junior Company performs original work by choreographer Rachel Catalano.

LOCATION: 2650 Truxtun Road San Diego, CA 92106 - 2nd floor Suite 200



Malashock Dance is committed to removing financial barriers that prevent students from creating, innovating, and growing through dance. 

Our Outreach Programs bring free dance programs to under-served students, low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and communities that lack access. Innovative programs strengthen our local schools’ ability to provide holistic learning. This year Math in Motion was requested by 52 classroom teachers!  Residency programs, field trips, and arts integration programs serve 4,000+ students each year. We are looking forward to bringing hundreds of students on a field trip to perpetual (e)Motion next month. 

More schools and students than ever need free programs and scholarships to participate. 

Donate today! With your support, dance can belong to everyone.


$1,000 provides a youth dancer with weekly classes for a year. 

$500 provides a pre-professional dancer a week of intensive training.  

$250 provides a preschooler with 11 weeks of Malashock Minis classes. 

$100 provides a classroom of 3rd graders 1 hour of Math in Motion

$20 provides an adult student with a Dance with thisABILITY class.



April 1, 2023 12:30-2:00pm

You can join perpetual (E)MOTION resident choreographer Tristian Griffin for an open community class! 

Class is only $5.00*

*If this presents a barrier to your attendance please reach out to


Virtual Auditions are open until June 14th! Send your video in to be considered for scholarship and acceptance! 

We're very excited to announce the faculty for the intensive: 
Jessica Rabanzo Flores, Lauren Christie, Jahanna Blunt, John Malashock, Christopher K. Morgan, & Sadie Weinberg.

Learn more about this amazing group of instructors and the intensive here

Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts - Professional Development Workshop '23 in Collaboration with CoTA


Through Professional Development

"Nurturing dance as a tool for lifelong learning."

Malashock Dance provides practical, structured, and informative workshops to equip teachers with the tools and confidence to integrate movement exercises into their lesson plans.

Our Professional Development Workshops focus on the enhancement of childhood development through a better understanding and use of movement.


Malashock Dance
2650 Truxtun Rd. Suite 104 | San Diego, California 92106
(619) 260-1622 |

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