The Malashock Dance School creates partnerships and programs that enhance the emotional, physical, and artistic development of thousands of children in our community each year. Our goal is to empower children through creativity and movement, creating great dancers and extraordinary people in the process.
Since its establishment in 1988, Malashock Dance has facilitated partnerships with over 25 schools and institutions, and has served over 40,000 students in San Diego. Its unique in-school and after-school programs serve low-income communities and individuals with disabilities who lack access to free or low-cost arts programming.
Malashock Dance provides learning opportunities that strengthen students’ ability to focus, collaborate, problem solve, and discover creative connections between academics and dance. Its cutting-edge programs are currently serving over 2,000 students, with an average of 85% low-income participants. The impact of these highly praised programs includes increased student test scores, student engagement, school attendance, and parent involvement. Malashock Dance is proud to be the only dance organization in San Diego to provide programming specifically for students with cognitive disabilities.
The Liberty School Project at NTC Promenade
Math in Motion at Elizabeth Freese Elementary School
Math in Motion in partnership with Arts 4 Learning in the San Diego Unified School District
Math in Motion
Dance with thisABILITY! with St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
Artists in Motion at La Jolla Country Day School
MATH IN MOTION serves Kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts department. The program’s innovative approach to cross-curricular education includes rotations of ten weekly classes that integrate grade-level Dance, Physical Education, and Math content standards. Due to the unique structure and highly integrated lesson plans, Malashock Dance (MD) will include a professional development workshop for participating classroom teachers, enabling school sites to continue replicable project activities after the ten classes with MD. By adding a physical element to the process of exploring mathematical concepts, this program will increase the depth of learning and understanding, especially for students who have not been successful in a traditional sedentary classroom environment. In addition, ESL (English Second Language) students are given a visceral experience where non-verbal communication is used to teach, learn, and reenforce benchmarks for success.
High School students attending La Jolla Country Day School have the opportunity to work with a resident Malashock Dance teaching artist during their dance class offered on campus. Students work specifically on developing their technique in modern dance and learning choreography for their Spring dance performance. MD enhances the quality of La Jolla Country Day School’s dance education program by providing students direct access to a MD teaching artist. This training and exposure leaves a lasting impact on students, creating dancers and arts supporters in the process.
In partnership with St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Malashock Dance facilitates Dance with thisABILITY, a program where young adults are integrated into a professional dance environment at Dance Place San Diego. Malashock Dance teaching artists provide a weekly dance class that incorporates fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, musicality, self expression through movement, and pattern sequencing into an upbeat instructional setting. Students warm up, complete improvisation exercises, and learn a special piece of choreography. They have two opportunities to perform at St. Madeleine’s Sophie Center, and work in collaboration with other students with disabilities who are studying music. They accompany the dancers, providing an entertaining and moving display of ability!