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Dancer Bios

Current Dancers


Blythe Barton earned her BFA from Chapman University, her MFA from Florida State University, and dances professionally with both Malashock Dance (since 2009) and San Diego Dance Theater (since 2010), she also performs with many outstanding local independent dance makers. Her company, Blythe Barton Dance, is in its seventh year of presenting dance in Southern California and won Outstanding Dance Production at the 2015 and 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival. In 2016, she presented in the opening season of the new $90M Musco Center for the Arts in Orange County. Blythe is a founding member of San Diego Dance Connect and co-director/founder of the 40 North Dance Film Festival. She currently teaches dance at Grossmont College and in the San Diego Dance Theater School.




Andrew Holmes began dancing at the age of 16 when he fell in love with the art form. He then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from SDSU where he graduated with the Outstanding Dance Student Award. He has trained under Faith Jensen-Ismay, Melissa Nunn, Pat Sandback, Leslie Seiters, and Joe Alter. He currently dances with  Malashock Dance and Mojalet Dance Collective where he also instructs and sets choreography on the junior company, Jamolet. Andrew has been fortunate enough to dance in numerous venues in San Diego as well as Arizona, New York, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.





 John Paul Lawson began dancing at 4 years old at Jean Hart Academy of Dance in Poway, California. There he learned RAD ballet training and underwent annual exams; receiving distinction and a perfect score on the Grade V examination. Continuing his passion throughout school, Lawson took ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance classes at Palomar College. A passion for performance drew him to working under the direction of different choreographers in San Diego:  Joei Waldron (Axxiom Dance), Heather Dale Wentworth (Opus Mixtus Dance), Peter Kalivas (The PGK Project), Elyssa Dru Rosenburg (IsadoraNOW), Khamla Somphanh, and Michael Mizerany.  Lawson is currently working on upcoming shows with The PGK dance project and California Ballet, and has enjoyed working at Legoland CA for their last three seasons. With enthusiasm for dance,  Lawson enjoys teaching tap and contemporary classes at local dance studios.



Jennifer Fait Puls began her love of dancing in San Diego at a young age. Upon receiving the Distinguished Artist Award, she attended Hope College (Holland, MI) where she completed a double major in Dance Performance/Choreography and Chemistry with a Pre-medicine emphasis; she graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2010, Jennifer eye-high kicked as a RadioCity Rockette in The Christmas Spectacular in Providence, RI and Boston, MA. Since then, she has performed in San Diego with somebodies dance theater, independent choreographer Khamla Somphanh, IsadoraNOW, and Blythe Barton Dance. Jennifer is currently performing as a company member with both The PGK Dance Project and Malashock Dance.




Andrea Rehm began her formal dance training with Debra Rice Endris at Southern Indiana School of the Arts.  She later trained at the Louisville Ballet School and graduated High School at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She then went on to study at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and Kinesiology. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Andrea danced professionally with Louisville Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Quad Cities. She studied Pilates throughout her dance career as a means of cross training and injury prevention and now teaches Pilates to others. Andrea is in her second season with Malashock Dance Company.




IMG_8394Lara Segura has extensive experience as a professional dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer. In 2005 Lara graduated with a BFA Degree from San Diego State University and was later named the 2012 Dance Alumni of the Year for SDSU. She has had the pleasure of performing with Mojalet Dance Collective, Malashock Dance, Pat Sandback and Dancers, Jacksonville Dance Theater, Sound Dance Company, Wallpaper Performance Company and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. She has served as a faculty member at Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts and Jacksonville University. In 2014 Lara received her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University with an emphasis in engaging audiences via site-specific dance. She is a founding steering committee member for San Diego Dance Connect and serves on the advisory board for National Water Dance.


Nicholas Strasburg began his dance career training at Cornish College of the Arts.  He was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform great works by Martha Graham, Bebe Miller, Bill Evans, and Amy O’Neal.  At the same time, he performed as a principal dancer with Seattle Jazz Dance Co., and was also a resident member of Interweave Dance Theater in Boulder, CO.  With much support  and guidance  from his professors (which included Pat Hon, Lodi  McClellan, Wade Madsen, Gerard Theoret, and  Michele Miller), Nicholas received his B.F.A. in Dance with Summa Cum Laude  honors and then relocated to San Diego.  Here, he has  performed with  Jean Isaacs Dance Theater, Blythe Barton Dance, Compulsion Dance Theater, and Malashock Dance.  Nicholas is currently living in Chicago where he is preparing to start the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at University of Illinois, Chicago.



BT.5219.2Brittany Taylor graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA with a BFA in dance and relocated to San Diego in 2009. In addition to Malashock Dance, Brittany has performed with Blythe Barton Dance, Joe Alter Dance Group, Ion Theatre, [the] movement initiative, and Compulsion Dance & Theatre. She was awarded “Most Compelling Performance by a Single Dancer” at the 2014 Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize performing for Jaime Nixon. Brittany also teaches Pilates throughout San Diego.





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 Dancers

Justin Flroes HeadshotJustin Flores has performed with companies on both coasts including Smuin Ballets/SF, ODC Dance, The Foundry, Ballet X, and as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  He has given performances in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe.  He has appeared on Great Performances for PBS and Live from Lincoln Center and has taught in universities including the University of Oklahoma and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He is a graduate of the Houston Ballet academy and holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma and an MSTOM from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.  Justin is a certified Neurokinetic Therapist (NKT) currently developing dance medicine protocols integrating his work with NKT and Chinese medicine.  You can read more about his work at





Posted at January 18th, 2013 by admin.
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