Dear Friend,

It is with immense gratitude and genuine excitement that I begin this month's updates with introductions to new members of the Malashock Dance Staff! We are welcoming Nicole Diaz-Pellot as our Outreach Coordinator and Sara Blodgett as our Development Associate this year. These two incredible individuals are shining examples of the talent and passion it takes to create, fund, and deliver programs that support our mission. We are thrilled to expand our staff and work with these powerful and enthusiastic leaders.

Don't delay - tickets are now on sale for EVERYDAY DANCES II, our Company Production for Fall 2022. Last year all shows sold out, so make sure you reserve your seats soon!


With Gratitude, 

Molly Puryear, Executive Director



Driven to make quality dance education accessible to all, Sara has spent almost two decades working as a professional in dance education leadership roles. From 2017-2019, Sara served as the Executive Director and then as a consultant for Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater & Light Box Performance Space, a San Diego non-profit arts organization. Her leadership and development skills helped grow SDDT's annual fundraising budget, providing the organization with the breadth to expand its programs, services, and staff team exponentially. She has worked with other nonprofit organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs, Performing Arts Workshop, and Carlsbad Performing Arts Academy, in development and administrative roles. Prior to that, she developed and directed dance programming for nine years at the YMCA of San Diego County. She previously spent several years as a volunteer teaching dance within two North County school districts, and she was instrumental in launching dance programs at several San Diego County High Schools.


Nicole Diaz-Pellot is a performance artist and choreographer, specializing in movement research through Contemporary Improv, Afro Modern, and Yoga Practices.

Nicole originates from San Diego, California. At the age of four she began training at California Ballet under the direction of Andrea Feier. Nicole has received a variety of scholarships to dance intensives across the United States including Alvin Ailey Summer intensive, The American Dance Festival, and Katherine Dunham Technique Seminar.

Based out of Philadelphia for the last seven years, Nicole attended University of Arts where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. She’s performed and trained under a variety of renowned choreographers, including Group Motion’s 50th Year Anniversary. Nicole has been part of the Katherine Dunham Technique Certification Program Since 2014. This technique is an African America dance form engaging the mind, body, and spirit through modern, ballet, and traditional dances of the African Diaspora.

In 2020, she became a 400hr Certified Yoga Instructor. Teaching for the last 12 years, her classes correlate self-awareness and the healing aspects of dance. Fusing her contemporary Improv, Afro-Modern, and Yoga Practices, Nicole’s Dance and teaching values are based around the holistic elements of movement.



October 7 - 9 @ The Mingei International Museum

October 21 - 23 @ Malashock Dance Studio Theater

TICKETS: $15 - $35 / (Donation-based "Pay What You Can" Sunday Shows)

Everyday Dances II builds on the success of our Fall Production in our 2022 Season. The show is comprised of ten short dances in small groupings (solos, duets, trios, quartets), that are uniquely expressive and highly engaging. 

Choreographers: Sebastien Arredondo, Araceli Carrera, Rachel Catalano, Natalia Hill, Caryn Ipapo-Glass, Joseph Lister, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, John Malashock, and Lavina Rich.



A collaboration between ARTIST LESLIE PIERCE & Malashock Dance

WHEN: Saturday, September 17th 10:30 AM-12 noon & 2:00-3:30 PM.

WHAT: Two Gesture Drawing Sessions and live Dance performances.

​WHERE: The Central Promenade at Liberty Station.

This project is made possible by the NTC Foundation with generous support from Bank of Southern California and RiverRock Real Estate Group



Join us on August 28th from 12-3pm to take free classes for dancers ages 10-18, get personalized level and style recommendations for our Fall Session, Register in-person, and get sized for pre-order dance wear and shoes!

The Fall session begins September 12, 2022 and Registration is available now!



SuganoSystemBallet is a pragmatic methodology of mastering professional classical ballet technique by integrating science to produce consistent and repeatable results. Additionally, it contributes to reducing the risk of injury and promoting longevity through ergonomics and efficiency.

Our Summer Workshop Series is generously underwritten by The Lynn Fayman Fund for Dance at the San Diego Foundation. This gift allows us to offer these workshops to you on a "Pay what you can" basis.

The recommended donation for this workshop is $150.


Join Nicole for 3 days of foundational study in this vibrant African diasporic dance technique that engages the body, mind and spirit!
Students can expect a variety of experiences, including breathing exercises, isolations, floor work, barre work and progressions across the floor.

Our Summer Workshop Series is generously underwritten by The Lynn Fayman Fund for Dance at the San Diego Foundation. This gift allows us to offer these workshops to you on a "Pay what you can" basis.

The recommended donation for this workshop is $150.




Malashock Dance, in collaboration with CoTA (Collaborations: Teachers and Artists) and KIT (Kids Included Together), presents a FREE day of professional development for teaching artists. The workshop will present practical, participatory sessions that will increase skills and knowledge around standards-based curriculum design, arts integration in schools, and inclusive teaching practices. Limited Enrollment - register today!

This program was made possible by the NTC Foundation with generous support from the Bank of Southern California and RiverRock Real Estate Group.


We know that you want to see quality dance that represents all of us for years to come, and now is the time to ensure that it is possible. Your donation or pledge will support fresh, innovative choreographic voices. Your participation will lead Malashock Dance into the future. Thank you to our generous donors who have already committed to helping us reach our goal to fund a THOUGHTFUL transition to new Artistic Leadership!


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