Our Current Malashock Staff
Meet the Current Members of Malashock Dance
JOHN MALASHOCK brings 35 years of experience in dance, theater, and film to his current role as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. He has created more than 70 choreographic works, dance/theater collaborations, theater and opera productions, and award-winning dance films. John founded Malashock Dance in 1988, after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York, where he performed worldwide; appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus; was featured in numerous television specials, and performed in numerous concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Under John’s leadership, Malashock Dance has become one of California’s premiere dance companies, and his work has been presented throughout the United States, Central America, Japan, and Central Europe. Malashock has many notable collaborative credits to his name: he has choreographed productions at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre; his work has been commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, and San Diego Opera; and he has garnered six Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on over 30 affiliate PBS stations nationwide.
John has served as guest faculty for the American Dance Festival, Cal State Long Beach, Dance Space New York, ADF/Tokyo, Connecticut College, and the University of Utah, among many others. A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock has served on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA and is proud to have taken the leadership role in conceiving, developing, and establishing Dance Place San Diego at Liberty Station, where he teaches classes and workshops throughout the year.
MOLLY PURYEAR brings experience in program management and administration to her position. She was instrumental in the founding and development of the School in 2007, and as Education Director from 2009 – 2014, she was responsible for all aspects of development, facilitation, marketing, employment, partnerships, curriculum development, grant-writing and administration for the School and in-reach/outreach programs. She has strategically aligned specific synergies between the artistic and educational pillars in order to create a holistic approach to the relationship between MD’s programs, the community it serves, and its funders. She infuses the administrative staff with confidence, is open to creative strategies, and has increased accountability, trust, and cohesion among staff. Molly has proven to be an excellent model of management and leadership. She is thrilled to share her profound knowledge and passion for the artistic and education programs of Malashock Dance with the community.
A modern dancer and instructor with over fifteen years’ experience teaching dance and over 25 years of training in various dance genres, Molly demonstrates uncompromising dedication to both students and the art form of dance. Molly received a BFA in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2003, where she primarily studied under Arleen Sugano, master instructor and co-author of Physics and the Art of Dance; and Robin Lakes. Molly has choreographed and performed for numerous local dance events, including Sound Dance Company in San Diego.
Molly is an active member of several arts education advocacy groups including AERO San Diego and was honored to present on arts integration at the Kickstart the Arts in (Y)our Schools conference in 2014 with Dr. Meryl Goldberg. Ms. Puryear participated in the Fieldstone Foundation’s Non-Profit Leadership Learning Group, Executive Learning Group, and Executive Coaching program. Molly was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants to participate in Dance USA’s DILT (Dance USA Institute of Leadership Training). She was the recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation’s NextGen grant for professional development. Molly continues to give back to the arts community through service on the Steering Committee for San Diego Dance Connect from 2014-2016 and as a current member of the Advisory Board for A Step Beyond and the Board of Directors for Art Produce.
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
THOM DANCY has danced with Milwaukee Ballet II, Grand Rapids Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Malashock Dance, and The Muny, the nation’s largest regional equity theater. Thom has also worked as an audition assistant for The Muny, The Big Muddy, and Malashock Dance. He has had the pleasure of dancing soloist roles in works by Robert Moses, Brian Enos, Kate Skarpetowska, Harrison McEldowney, Penny Saunders, Olivier Wevers, Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, and John Malashock. Thom has also spent much of the past decade traveling the United States as a choreographer and teacher.
As an administrator, Thom has assisted in Big Muddy’s growth over the past three years, working as the company’s Social Media Coordinator and serving on its Marketing Committee. Thom assisted with grant materials, choreographic/program development for the organization, and national advocacy.
Thom is currently the Communications Chair for AERO San Diego’s Advocacy Committee and is on the Steering Committee/Communications Chair for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego. Thom received a 2018 Professional Development Grant from the California Arts Council. He has recently presented breakout sessions for Kickstart The Arts San Diego and the Arts Empower Mega Conference on topics of social media for non-profits and what is happening in dance outreach education on a national level.
HANNAH REINERT is a recent graduate from UC San Diego where she received a dual B.A. in Theatre and Communication, Cum Laude with Highest Honors. There, she received a multi-faceted education where she also performed in multiple department shows, co-directed a studio project under Company 157, and studied performance under the instruction of renowned artists such as Ursula Meyer, Jim Carmody, Jennifer Chang, and Cynthia Stokes. Under the direction of mentors Julie Burelle and Alison Urban, she also completed an extensive honors thesis in which she combined cognitive theory, embodiment theory, theatrical pedagogy, and theatre in education practices to question whether or not theatre in education can produce a measurable empathetic response. Her thesis was awarded highest honors as well as was a contributing factor to her co-winning the UCSD Jacob Bronowski Theatre Award, June 2017.