Our Current Malashock Staff
Meet the Current Administrators of Malashock Dance
JOHN 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 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.
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 Steering Committee/Communications Chair 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, and for 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 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.
HANNAH REINERT is a graduate from UC San Diego where she received a dual B.A. in Theatre and Communication, Cum Laude with Highest Honors. She is an actor, creative collaborator, educator, and administrator. At UCSD, she wrote an honor’s thesis entitled “Cognitive and Embodiment Theory through the Medium of Theater in Education”, that in corroboration with her body of artistic work, won her the 2017 UCSD Bronowski Award. She most recently has acted with UCSD and the La Jolla Theater Ensemble, but also supports and participates in her peer’s new works as a proud member of the You See Collective. An advocate of theater for social change, she is an actor/ facilitator for the “kNOw More” Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Program that tours schools and community centers across San Diego County.
She previously interned with the La Jolla Playhouse’s Education Department as well as most recently was the Assistant Camp Director for San Diego Musical Theater’s “Summer at the Conservatory” where she performed administrative duties as well as found herself teaching dance, choreographing, and helping to devise showcase work. She currently also teaches musical theater, music appreciation, and improv through Horizon’s Unlimited, an arts outreach program funded through the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.
Junior Company Director
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.