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.
Jennifer Fait Puls
Jennifer Fait Puls began her love of dancing in San Diego at a young age. Upon receiving the Distinguished Artist Award, she attended Hope College (Holland, MI) where she completed a double major in Dance Performance/Choreography and Chemistry with a Pre-medicine emphasis; she graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2010, Jennifer eye-high kicked as a RadioCity Rockette in The Christmas Spectacular in Providence, RI, and Boston, MA. Since then, she has performed in San Diego with somebodies dance theater, independent choreographer Khamla Somphanh, IsadoraNOW, and Blythe Barton Dance. Jennifer is currently performing as a company member with both The PGK Dance Project and Malashock Dance.
Andrea Rehm began her formal dance training with Debra Rice Endris at Southern Indiana School of the Arts. She later trained at the Louisville Ballet School and graduated High School at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She then went on to study at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and Kinesiology. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Andrea danced professionally with Louisville Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Quad Cities. She studied Pilates throughout her dance career as a means of cross-training and injury prevention and now teaches Pilates to others. Andrea is in her second season with Malashock Dance Company
Marisa Shimano graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in English and Psychology, as well as special recognition for Dance Excellence. In Chicago, Marisa partnered with Vanessa Valecillos to choreograph and perform a version of Stravinsky’sFirebird for Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play program. Upon graduation, Marisa moved to New York City to attend The Ailey School, where she earned her certificate of Independent Study and had the honor of performing an original work by Bradley Shelver at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Since relocating to the West Coast in 2018, Marisa has performed works by some of San Diego’s brilliant artists including John Malashock, Blythe Barton, Brittany Taylor, Desiree Cuizon, and Peter Kalivas. Marisa is honored to join Malashock’s teaching faculty this fall, teaching recreational contemporary, ballet, and musical theater dance. Marisa also loves participating in Malashock’s outreach programs, and is a 200HR certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks.
Brittany Taylor graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA with a BFA in dance and relocated to San Diego in 2009. Her first appearance with The Malashock Dance Company was in RAW3 (2012) and is excited to be jumping into the 30th anniversary season with the company. She has been very fortunate to perform with Blythe Barton Dance (company member), Joe Alter Dance Group, Compulsion Dance and Theatre, Ion Theatre, [the] movement initiative, Khamla Somphanh, Andrew Holmes, and other independent artists. She was awarded “Most Compelling Performance by a Single Dancer” at the 2014 Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize performing for Jaime Nixon. Brittany and longtime dance partner Desiree Cuizon-Fejeran premiered their work Avenue Lexicon in August 2016 as well as co-produced the mixed media event Doublespeak. Brittany is honored to be a part of Malashock Dance’s faculty teaching advanced modern Wednesday mornings.
Rachel Torres Rachel Torres graduated from UCSD in 2012, receiving a BA in Literature with Honors and a minor in Dance. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of performing for several local dance artists in events such as The Engagement Ring Series at Malashock Dance, youTurn2015, Sound Dance Company’s “An Unlikely Outfit”, IGNITE, The San Diego Fringe Festival, The Live Arts Festival, and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. In 2014, she performed as a UCSD Alumni guest dancer for Jean Isaacs’ “There the Dance Is.” After performing as a guest artist with Malashock Dance during their 2016 season, Rachel was honored to become a company dancer in 2017.
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.
Thom Dancy is a recent transplant to San Diego and is thrilled to be working both on stage and behind the scenes with Malashock Dance. Thom studied Ballet at the University of Oklahoma under Steve Brule and Mary Margaret Holt and has danced for Milwaukee Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and The Muny. He has danced soloist roles in works by Brian Enos, Harrison McEldowney, Kate Skarpetowska, Kevin Jenkins, Bryn Cohn, Robert Moses, Olivier Wevers, and Gerald Arpino. Thom has provided his expertise as an audition assistant for both The Big Muddy and The Muny. Thom has also had the pleasure of teaching contemporary dance for Milwaukee Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet’s Summer Intensives and is currently on faculty at California Ballet. Thom is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.ThomDancy.com.
Marian Faustino began her career in the Philippines, training and performing with the country’s two premier dance organizations: Ballet Manila (2002-2007) and Ballet Philippines (2008-2010). She has danced soloist & principal roles in full-length classics which include The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake and Le Corsaire; and has been a part of the creative process for a number of original neo-ethnic Filipino works that have been showcased across the Philippines, South East Asia, Russia, and the United States. As a representative of the Philippines, Marian was also awarded semi-finalist and finalist certificates respectively from the Moscow and Nagoya International Ballet Competitions. After relocating to the United States, Marian danced for Dance Theater of Tennessee (2010-2011), Ballet Nouveau Colorado (2011-2013), and was a pioneering member of the collaborative contemporary ballet company, Wonderbound (2013-2016). She is a recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission (2011) and was a finalist for the Denver Art Museum Creative-in-Residence Grant (2017). Recent freelance work includes Farewell, My Lovely for choreographer Kevin Jenkins and The Pearlfishers at The Lyric Opera of Chicago, choreographed by John Malashock.
Nicholas Strasburg began his dance career training at Cornish College of the Arts where he was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform great works by Martha Graham, Bebe Miller, Bill Evans, and Amy O’Neal. While living in Seattle he also performed as a principal dancer with Seattle Jazz Dance Co., and was also a resident member of Interweave Dance Theater in Boulder, CO. His professional career has included performances with Jean Isaacs Dance Theater, Compulsion Dance Theater, Blythe Barton Dance, and Malashock Dance. Nicholas also performed with Opera Colorado and Lyric Opera of Chicago in their performances of The Pearl Fishers. Currently in Chicago, Nicholas is focusing on a career in Physical Therapy.