Courtney Giannone is a professional dancer, choreographer, and movement instructor. She holds a BFA in dance from Fordham University and The Ailey School and also studied extensively at Joffrey Ballet and Martha Graham. Courtney has performed with Queen of the Night, Neil Patrick Harris, Company XIV, Quixotic Fusion, Buglisi Dance Theater, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Pascal Rioult, STREB, Diavolo, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey.
Courtney’s choreography has been performed at Jacobs Pillow, BEAT BROOKLYN, Galapagos Arts Space, STREB, CSLB, Cornish College, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the Ailey School. Her nominations, awards, and affiliations include Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, The Rolex Mentor-Protege Arts Initiative, Carnegie Hall (classical piano), ABT, Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Buglisi Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult, Dance Magazine, and Highways Performance Space. She is also a world champion in Cyr Wheel for team USA. Courtney teaches GYROKINESIS ®, GYROTONIC ®, Horton Technique, Ballet, Modern, Cyr Wheel and more.
Christine Marshall received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Fullerton under the tutelage of Gladys Kares. Since then she has performed for various artists in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego including Mike Esperanza, Te Perez, and Michael Mizerany. She was a company member with Malashock Dance Company for more than six years and still enjoys participating in various projects. In addition to dance, Christine is a licensed acupuncturist and mother of two rambunctious little boys.
Rachel Torres graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Literature with Honors and a minor in Dance. Upon graduation, Rachel began taking classes and working with artists in the San Diego community. She has had the pleasure of performing works by several local artists including John Malashock, Jean Isaacs, Sadie Weinberg, Debi Toth, Lara Segura, Erica Buechner, Erin Tracy, and Lavina Rich. Rachel has been a company dancer for the Malashock Dance Company since 2016 and also teaches youth Advanced Modern and adult Intermediate Modern for the Malashock Dance School.
Justin Viernes has been entertaining audiences nationally and internationally since the age of 5. Departing from years of professional singing and musical theater productions, he fell in love with dance and began his dance career at the age of 16. Justin is extensively trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. He has danced for Fusion Dance Company, d’Shire Dance, Sound Dance Company, DK Dance, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Imago Moves, The PGK Dance Project, Anjanette Maraya-Ramey and Dancers, Khamla Somphanh and Dancers, The Southern California Ballet, Compulsion Dance and Theater and various artists and professional companies across the Nation. Justin’s dancing has traveled him to Kazakhstan and Belize as a U.S. Cultural Envoy, San Miguel de Allende, Buenos Aires, on stages all over the nation. Justin is a senior company dancer for Malashock Dance, a guest artist for The Southern California Ballet, modern dance faculty for the California State Summer School for the Arts program (CSSSA) at CalArts University, and is Artistic Director of brown paper bag dance co. Justin currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Marty Dorado graduated with a BA in Dance from New Mexico State University in 2011. He performed in San Diego Dance Theater’s Annual Trolley Dances in Fall 2011, which inspired a relocation to San Diego. Since then, Marty continues to perform in Trolley Dances each year and danced for many local San Diego dance artists and companies including Visionary Dance Theater (2012-2015), The PGK Dance Project (2014-present) , Compulsion Dance and Theater (2014-present), and as a guest artist for San Diego Dance Theater (2019). His first opportunity to work with Malashock Dance was as a guest artist in “Lifeblood Harmony” (2014). Marty is thrilled with his decision to move to Southern California and be part of such a wonderful community of devoted artists.
Lauren Christie is currently dancing professionally with San Diego Dance Theater and DISCO RIOT and was thrilled to join Malashock Dance for High Strung. Since relocating to San Diego, she has danced for local artists including Blythe Barton Dance, Erica Buechner, Gina and Kyle Sorenson (somebodies dance theater), Aurora Lagattuta, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, and Chelsea Zeffiro. Dubbed “fresh and talented” by The Washington Post, Lauren has also performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with DC-based Christopher K. Morgan & Artists since 2012. Carmel Morgan of CriticalDance describes Lauren as “captivating…an agile performer with a knack for getting under your skin.”
Natalia Hill is from Lancaster, PA. She received her BFA in Modern dance Education from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Her passion for dance and teaching have sent her all around the world. Professional credits include: MGM, Las Vegas with the Pointer Sisters, Temptations, and The Four Tops, City Opera SD, Oxygen TV Network, 5th Dimensions, PKG Dance Project, Dance Envoy (Italy), Malashock Dance Company, and Mt.Gretna Playhouse. As a choreographer and actress she has worked in film, and on a web series in LA. Currently she is the lead singer of Nothing Special. Her other passion is surfing!