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Malashock Staff Bios


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 world-wide; 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 five 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 University of Utah, among many others. A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock currently serves 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.

As an Artist in Residence at the La Jolla Playhouse, Malashock is currently developing a dance musical based on the life, work, and relationships of artist Marc Chagall.


Pat RicePATRICIA “PAT” RICE, Director of Development for Malashock Dance, joins the organization with a wealth of fundraising and marketing experience. A local leader in business development, corporate partnerships, and donor relations for several years, Rice is enthusiastic about her new role at the 25-year-old performing arts organization.

“I’m excited about being at Malashock Dance based on the performances I’ve already witnessed and the public programs that transform people’s lives. They inspire and give the willingness to help others change their lives,” said Rice. “To watch the young kids learn and build confidence through movement and creativity without doubting themselves is rewarding. I’ve seen this from the smallest to the most mature dancers as they express themselves through dance.”

Rice comes to Malashock Dance from the San Diego Symphony where she served as development manager and event coordinator for five years. Her background also includes working as the national sales media coordinator at Radio Disney, a marketing associate for McMillin Homes, a corporate fundraiser for AIDS Walk, and a human resources coordinator at SeaWorld Adventure Park.

Rice’s civic leadership includes service on the Sacred Heart Academy School Board, the Naval Marine Mammal Foundation, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Women Benefitting the Community, St. Madeleine Sophie Center, and the YMCA.

Rice’s background also includes award-winning real estate sales as a licensed agent, and awards for her photographs in the San Diego City College Amateur Photo Contest. Rice, who is an Ocean Beach resident, enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband, Tom, and her young adult children Alexandra and Garrett, both of whom live in Colorado.



Molly laughingMOLLY PURYEAR, Education Director for Malashock Dance, is an accomplished modern dancer and teaching artist with over ten years experience teaching dance and over 25 years of training in various dance genres. With uncompromising dedication to both students and the art form of dance, she has taught and inspired literally thousands of students in San Diego.

Molly has choreographed and performed for local dance events such as youTURN contemporary arts exhibition, the Mission Federal ARTwalk, MixUp Project at Ray at Night, The Malashock Dance School Showcases, and Celebrate Dance Festival. She currently dances with Sound Dance Company and continues to share her passion for dance through performance.

Molly has a BFA in Dance, and has worked with Malashock Dance since 2006. Molly develops community partnerships, artistic residencies in schools and other educational institutions, and specializes in creating programs that integrate dance with academic studies. Molly facilitates all aspects of The Malashock Dance School, a Modern Dance training program with classes for all ages, levels, and abilities. Molly is passionate about inclusion of students with disabilities and was invited to present on inclusive movement strategies at the National Conference on Inclusion in 2010. Through outreach programming, Molly strives to create access to dance for at-risk youth, underserved student populations, and students with disabilities. She is an active member of several arts education advocacy groups including AERO San Diego, the San Diego Arts Education Alliance, and Rising Arts Leaders of the San Diego Foundation.


laraheadshotresizedLARA SEGURA  is a bi-coastal artist with extensive experience as a professional dancer, actress, teacher, producer and choreographer. In 2005 Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from San Diego State University and was named the Outstanding Graduate in Dance. She was later named the 2012 Dance Alumni of the Year for SDSU. While living in Florida she performed and choreographed for The Braided Light Dance Project, Jacksonville Dance Theater and Creatively Independent. She has served as a faculty member at Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts and Jacksonville University. She continues to perform nationwide and internationally with the Malashock Dance Company and Mojalet Dance Collective. In 2011, she founded and has served as the Artistic Director of B-Dance, a contemporary dance company. She is also the co-founder and producer for IGNITE, an annual choreography showcase in San Diego, California. Lara recently received her MFA in choreography from Jacksonville University and is committed to supporting the concepts of community, ensemble, and the accessibility of dance in San Diego.



Corina PresuttiCORINA “CORI” PRESUTTI, Coordinator for Malashock Dance, joins Malashock with a love of the arts and education as well as her business and project management background.    Hailing from Farmington, Connecticut, she has been residing in San Diego since 2012. Her professional experience has been aimed at the betterment of work place culture as well as the organization of projects with the goal of maximizing efficiency and productivity.  An accomplished musician, dancer and teacher, she brings her steadfast dedication to education and creative expression through music and dance to Malashock Dance.

A singer/songwriter and pianist, she began classical training at the age of 4 and has carved out a name for herself as a solo artist with performances on both coasts and internationally.  She has released several recording projects, works as a studio musician and songwriting coach, and is settling into the San Diego music community.  As a dancer, her specialty is ballroom/hip hop choreography and she currently teaches private and group classes for Salsa, Argentine Tango, and American style Ballroom.  She has committed much of her teaching to educational outreach programs with at-risk youth and is a choreographer for the MADCAPS program.  She has performed on the Dancing with the Stars Tour and danced for American Cancer Society fundraisers.

Cori graduated with a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2007.  She also completed studies with the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and Harvard University in Abruzzo, Italy.  She has translated her degree and love of culture and travel back into a career in the arts and entertainment.  She speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and has taught in all 3 languages and also brings invaluable interpretation experience to the companies she has worked for.


Posted at January 11th, 2013 by Cori Presutti.