In 1988, building on his extensive career in dance and theater, John Malashock founded Malashock Dance to promote dance as a channel for personal expression through participation, education, and artistic collaboration. Now based at Dance Place San Diego in historic Liberty Station, Malashock Dance provides access to quality dance performances, training, and education outreach programming for all San Diegans.

Seen on regional, national, and international stages, Malashock Dance’s impressive accomplishments include the creation of over 75 original dance works, six Emmy-award winning dance films, annual performances & workshops, participation in arts festivals, and numerous collaborative projects with the likes of KPBS-TV, San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Music Society, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art and Art of Élan.


  CIMG0067The Malashock Dance School expands the Company’s reach and connection to the community through a full spectrum of dance classes, workshops, and unique, in-school outreach programs that provide access to dance education in communities that lack affordable arts programming.

Malashock Dance School’s educational activities complement the Company’s professional performances and help Malashock Dance to continue providing programming, scholarships, and training for San Diego’s next generation of dancers, choreographers, and arts supporters of all ages.



The mission of Malashock Dance is to promote dance as an avenue for personal expression through participation, education, and artistic collaboration.

Malashock Dance values artistry, impact, collaboration, community, inclusion, and stewardship in its efforts to advance the art and experience of dance by creating original works that communicate new forms of personal and cultural expression.

Malashock Dance’s vision is to become an acknowledged leader in contemporary dance and arts education with local, regional, and national impact and a sustained reputation for artistic and organizational excellence.


Malashock Dance is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

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