Our Current Malashock Staff

Meet the Current Administrators of Malashock Dance


John Malashock

Artistic Director

John Lean 250 pixJOHN 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 Glynn Puryear

Executive Director

MOLLY GLYNN PURYEAR brings her passion for dance and experience in program management, development, and administration to her position. She was instrumental in the founding and development of the Malashock Dance School in 2007, and as Education Director from 2009 – 2014, she was responsible for all aspects of the School and community outreach programs. Now in the role of Executive Director, she has strategically aligned synergies between the artistic and educational pillars of the organization and fosters a dynamic relationship between programs, the communities they serve, and the organization’s valuable funders.

As an arts administrator, modern dancer, and instructor, Molly demonstrates uncompromising dedication to the art 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 and Push Process Movement Theory in San Diego. Molly is passionate about the inclusion of students with disabilities and was invited to present inclusive movement strategies at the National Conference on Inclusion in 2010, and 2013.

Ms. Puryear participated in the Fieldstone Foundation’s Non-Profit Leadership Learning Group in 2015, the Executive Coaching program in 2016, and the Executive Learning Group in 2018. She was selected to participate in the highly competitive Dance USA DILT (Dance Institute for Leadership Training) in 2015.

Ms. Puryear is committed to serving the community and proudly participated on the Steering Committee for San Diego Dance Connect, a local dance service organization, from 2014-2016. Molly currently serves on the Advisory Board for A Step Beyond in Escondido and on the Board of Directors for Art Produce. She is open to creative strategies to strengthen the arts community in San Diego, and values accountability, trust, and increasing access to the arts for people from all walks of life.


Thom Dancy

Outreach and Communications Coordinator

THOM DANCY has danced with Milwaukee Ballet, 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 danced soloist roles in works by Robert Moses, Kevin Jenkins, Brian Enos, Kate Skarpetowska, Harrison McEldowney, Penny Saunders, Olivier Wevers, Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, John Malashock, and Khamla Somphanh. Thom has traveled the United States as a choreographer and teacher and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

As an administrator, Thom assisted in The Big Muddy’s growth from 2013-2017, working as the company’s Social Media Coordinator and serving on its Marketing Committee. Thom provided grant support, choreographic/program development, branding development, and national advocacy.

Thom is the Communications Chair for AERO San Diego‘s Advocacy Committee and is on the 2019 Executive Committee/Secretary for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego. Thom is the recent recipient of a 2018 Professional Development Grant from the California Arts Council. He has presented breakout sessions for Kickstart The Arts San Diego, the Arts Empower Mega Conference, San Diego Unified School District, and the Arts for Learning Board of Directors on topics of social media for non-profits and dance education. Through Malashock Dance, Thom is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO).


Kaely Garred

School Administrator

KAELY GARRED graduated from Hope College with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography and Business Management. While there, she performed with dANCEpROjECT and StrikeTime. Kaely also spent time in New York City interning with administrators for KEIGWIN + COMPANY and DAMAGEDANCE. After graduation, she found her place as assistant director of Vitality Dance Collective in Portland, Oregon. Vitality offered her a varied set of roles including choreographer, administrator, performer, teacher, and producer. Along with her passion for the art of dance, she brings her 5 years of administrative experience to Malashock.


Marisa Shimano

Junior Company Director

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.