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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.


Molly laughingMOLLY PURYEAR, Managing 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. She has had the pleasure of performing with Mojalet Dance Collective, The PGK Dance Project, Joe Alter Dance, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Pat Sandback and Dancers, Sound Dance Company and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. She is also the co-founder and producer for IGNITE, an annual choreography showcase in San Diego.  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. Upon returning to California, she has assumed the role of Assistant to the Artistic Director, company dancer and faculty member at Malashock Dance. In 2014 Lara received her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University with an emphasis in engaging audiences via site-specific dance. She is delighted to serve on the steering committee for San Diego Dance Connect and is committed to supporting the concepts of community, ensemble, and the accessibility of dance in San Diego.



KATE VIGMOSTAD is an independent dance artist and teacher with extensive training and performance experience.  Kate earned her B.A. in Fine Art from Maharishi University of Management, and her M.F.A in Dance from the  University of Iowa in 2010, where she was awarded the prestigious Iowa Arts Fellowship. At Iowa Kate created more  than eight new dance works, and performed for Jennifer Kayle, Armando Duarte, Lynn Andrews, Sydnie Mosley and  others. Since graduating from Iowa, Kate danced for Becca Rozzell, and The Riley Project in San Francisco, as well as  produced her own work in multiple dance concerts, and had her choreography shown in Korea. Kate taught  professional  contemporary and  modern  dance to kids, teens and adults at Roco Dance and Fitness in Marin  County, CA from 2012 – 2013. Kate is  also a certified Yoga Instructor, and instructed at- risk San Francisco youth  both yoga and  meditation from 2010 – 2013, and taught Hatha and Restorative Yoga extensively over the past year  for Open Space Studio in Fairfield, IA.

Most Recently Kate collaborated with New Territory Dance (based in Iowa) for a new work which was performed as  part  of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis August 2014. Kate is also a founding  member of Mid to West Dance Collective based in San  Francisco, who produced their first show  “Go” in 2013. Mid to  West will be in residence at The Garage/Kunst-Stoff and Shawl Anderson Dance in Spring of 2015 with concerts to  follow.

As a recent transplant to San Diego, Kate aims to soak up the San Diego dance scene and to continue inspiring and sharing her love and passion for dance with all of her students and colleagues. Kate is very excited to join the Malashock Dance team, and is looking forward to contributing to the goals and mission of the organization.

Posted at January 11th, 2013 by admin.