Lauren Christie is originally from Memphis, TN, where she trained at the Ballet Memphis School. She earned her BA with Honors in Public Communication and French with a dance minor from American University in Washington, DC. Lauren performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with DC-based Christopher K. Morgan & Artists from 2012-2018. Since moving to San Diego, Lauren has been honored to work with many local artists including: Blythe Barton Dance, Erica Buechner, Thom Dancy, Jean Isaacs, John Malashock, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Khamla Somphanh, Gina and Kyle Sorenson (somebodies dance theater), and Chelsea Zeffiro, among others. Carmel Morgan of CriticalDance writes that Lauren is “captivating…an agile performer with a knack for getting under your skin.” Lauren joined Malashock Dance in 2019, and also dances with DISCO RIOT and San Diego Dance Theater. In addition to her work as a performing artist, Lauren also teaches yoga and movement, and occasionally choreographs her own work.
Megan Donaldson is a movement artist originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in 2020 and has since relocated to San Diego. Prior to training in Arizona, Megan received her Ballet education from the trainee program at Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of Dianna Cuatto. In addition to Ballet, Megan trained extensively in Jazz and Contemporary at Spotlight Studio of Dance. Since relocating to San Diego, Megan has worked with local choreographers such as Odessa Uno for the Young Choreographers Showcase and Anjanette Maraya-Ramey for the dance-theatre tour of Block by Block. Megan is so excited to join Malashock Dance for their upcoming performance and continue her dance journey here in San Diego.
Marcos Duran has recently lectured in dance at UC San Diego and is currently on faculty with San Diego Dance Theater. His film, “Minced”, is an official selection and winner of Best Performances in the LA Experimental Film Festival 2021. A New Yorker from 2008 to 2017, he directed and performed in Marcos Duran Performance Group. While an artist-in-residence at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn he presented work at Movement Research at The Judson Church, La MaMa Experimental Theater, Theater for the New City, 92nd St Y, Dixon Place, Green Space, and Triskelion Arts. Between 2000 and 2021, Marcos learned from working with Maria Basile, Daniel Charon, Liam Clancy, Nancy Colahan, Heather Cooper, Kellye Dodd, Faye Driscoll, Erica Essner, Eric Geiger, Meredith Glisson, Valerie Houston, Jenni Hong, Jean Isaacs, Risa Jaroslow, Keith Johnson, Misa Kelly, Eun Hee Lee, John Malashock, Bronwen MacArthur, Dance Monks, Delila Moseley, Stephanie Nugent, Jody Oberfelder, Christy O’Harris, Jerry Pearson, Christopher Pilafian, Tonia Shimin, Khamla Somphanh, Yolande Snaith, Sasha Spielvogel, Terry Wilson, Bill Young, and the master works of José Limón directed by Alice Condodina, Roxane D’Orleans Juste, and Gary Masters. He holds an MFA in Dance from UC San Diego, a BFA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara, Pilates certifications, and training certificates in CranioSacral Therapy.
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!
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.
Jeremiah D Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sam Houston State University. He has danced with numerous Dance Companies around the U.S. and Internationally Including Urban Souls (TX), Dulce Dance Company & Scorpios Dance Theater (AZ/London), Gaspard Dance Company (NYC), Dance Italia (Italy) and has guest artist with numerous companies as an independent artist. Jeremiah has had his work selected at BETA Dance Festival, MultiPurpose Dance Works, Las Vegas Dancing in the Desert Festival, Dancing with the Houston Stars, to name a few. Jeremiah Is on Faculty for Motiv8 Dance Convention and an Adjudicator for 8 National Talent and continues to teach Master Classes throughout the U.S. while residing in San Diego, CA where he has recently joined Malashock Dance Company.
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.
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.
Guest Choreographers: Fall 2021
….more coming soon!