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Malashock Dance Faculty


Erica NEWErica Buechner

Beginner/Intermediate Modern (Adult) Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

A local to San Diego, Erica Buechner’s professional career began in 1999, as a professional dancer for many established companies in San Diego. She performed as a company dancer with Mojalet Dance Collective for eleven years and with The PGK Project for two years. Buechner has been a guest artist for Eveoke Dance Theatre, Patricia Sandback and Dancers, Malashock Dance, San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, Opus Mixtus, and the Joe Alter Dance Group, among other individual choreographers.

Buechner is the co-producer of the youTurn Contemporary Arts Exhibition, an annual arts event created to mobilize artists within the San Diego Community to produce new works more frequently. Her work has been presented by Mojalet Dance Collective, including in Konstanz, Germany in 2012. She was selected to be a part of the La Jolla Music Society’s inaugural CHOREOLab and San Diego Dance Theater’s second annual Young Choreographer’s Prize in 2012. She has also presented her work at many other local events around San Diego, including the Celebrate Dance Festival and San Diego Dances. She continues to produce work, both as an independent artist and under her company name, Sound Dance Company, which was established in 2011.

Buechner received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2006 from San Diego State University and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the Year in Dance. In 2011, she was awarded the Alumni To Watch Award from SDSU’s School of Music and Dance. In January of 2014, Buechner was named by the San Diego Union-Tribune as an “Artist to Watch” in 2014. She is a current committee member of San Diego Dance Connect, a local organization which has the mission to strengthen the dance community by providing opportunities to network, communicate, advocate, and share resources.




Andy Dance ShotAndrew Holmes

Intro/Beginner Modern (Adult) Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. THROUGH JULY 29

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 for 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 Germany, Switzerland, Arizona, and New York. In January, Andrew will be moving to London where he is ecstatic to be able to jump into a new ocean of dance so that he may continue growing as a performer and artist.


Becky Hurt HeadshotBecky Hurt

Education Outreach Teaching Artist

Becky (Bex) Hurt started dancing when she was 5 years old. She danced her way through school at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and graduated with honors in 1997. She went on to minor in dance at S.D.S.U. while she continued her training and performing with Unity Dance Ensemble from 1997-2004 under the direction of Tessandra Chavez. She has also trained with Culture Shock under the direction of Sherman Shoate (2010) and performed in Afta Shock under the direction of Trina Lyons (2009). She found Eveoke Dance Theatre in 2005 and joined the performing group, became a Master Teaching Artist and a Concert Company member as well as an award winning Choreographer. She has performed in multiple shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and went on tour in the Dominican Republic.

She had the honor of co-choreographing the hip hop workshop production Refuge with Myriam Lucas in 2011. And then making it a full production for La Jolla Playhouse called BREAK in 2012 winning the Bravo SD Award. Bex now coaches two competition teams at San Diego Danceworks, teaches movement for the actor at La Jolla Playhouse and teaches outreach at Malashock Dance.



Gloria's Headshot Gloria Lanuza

Education Outreach Teaching Artist

Gloria has many years of professional free-lance work as a featured performance artist in concert and commercial venues internationally since childhood. She also has extensive experience in teaching students of all ages and backgrounds in studios, schools and workshops internationally since 2007. In 2009 she also founded and incorporated Lanuza-Morales, an educational academy and performance company, consisting of her talented filled family and other professional performing artists.

Ms. Lanuza currently is performing internationally and here in San Diego with Café Sevilla, SD Bellydance Co, The MKM Bollystars USA, The San Diego Camarada, Ooh La La Dance Company, Emilio Modern Gypsy, The West Coast Cabaret and continues to direct and perform with her own performance companies. Gloria Lanuza, throughout her years of experience as an artist, is dedicated to developing exciting and unique approaches of fusing styles and cultures together to create an exhilarating experience in her classes, performances, and artist collaborations.





laraheadshotresizedLara Segura, Artistic Program Manager

Intermediate / Advanced Modern (Adult) Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Education Outreach Teaching Artist

Lara 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. In 2014 Lara received her MFA in choreography from Jacksonville University and is committed to supporting the concepts of community, ensemble, and the accessibility of dance. She has worked with Malashock Dance since 2007 and most recently has taken on the role of Artistic Program Manager.


Khamla dancingKhamla Somphanh

Advanced Modern (Adult)

Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Khamla Somphanh has performed and taught professionally throughout the country. She began her training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and continued at the University of the Arts before moving to NYC to pursue her career. In addition to her classes at Malashock Dance School, Khamla is Artist–In–Resisdence at Canyon Crest Academy and is a freelance choreographer. As an established instructor, Khamla has taught at Mills College, ODC Dance Commons and Shawl-Anderson Modern Dance Center.  She has danced with ODC/ San Francisco Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Danse Ensemble, Na-Ni Chen Dance Company, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, East/West Repertory Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Soundance Dance Company, as guest artist for Malashock Dance and on Broadway in the “King and I”, choreographed by Lar Lubovitz to name a few.  Khamla received her Horton Pedagogy Certification at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC.


 Rachel Torres 

Intro/Beginner Modern (Adult)

Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. STARTING AUGUST 2017

Rachel Torres graduated from UCSD in 2012, receiving a BA in Literature with Honors and a minor in Dance. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of performing for several local dance artists in events such as The Engagement Ring Series at Malashock Dance, youTurn2015, Sound Dance Company’s “An Unlikely Outfit”, IGNITE, The San Diego Fringe Festival, The Live Arts Festival, and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. In 2014, she performed as a UCSD Alumni guest dancer for Jean Isaacs’ “There the Dance Is.” Recently, Rachel was honored to join Malashock Dance as a guest dancer in “Signatures” and Classics for Kids. She is very excited to be joining the Malashock Dance faculty this year.







Posted at March 29th, 2013 by Molly Puryear.