Weekly Adult Dance Classes


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Adult Dance Class Descriptions

Advanced/Professional Modern

Mondays 10:00-11:30am 

with Lauren Christie

Lauren’s class will progress from a floor warmup to standing exercises to phrasework that moves through the space and in/out of the floor. Class work is informed by my varied experiences with modern, post-modern, and contemporary techniques, as well as my study of yoga and somatic practices. I am interested in finding ways to move both expansively and efficiently using breath, weight, suspension and release. My aim is to foster a non-judgmental class culture, to create space for individuality, and to encourage joy while moving together.

Advanced Contemporary & Floorwork

Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

with Rachel Catalano

Rachel Catalano brings years of teaching experience to Adult Contemporary. At the core of her teaching is the belief that the most profound impact you can have on someone’s life is to make them feel understood and that art is the vehicle to that. As a result, this athletic, well-rounded class utilizes self-discovery and improvisation to help movers feel comfortable in class. This is an active class that involves moving in and out of the floor on a regular basis. Modifications are always available and questions are a welcome part of class.

Beginning Contemporary

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm 

with Rachel Catalano

Description Coming Soon

Open Modern

Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am

with Natalia Hill

Natalia teaches a technique-based class that combines the linear, athletic movement of the Horton technique with the sustained, exploding movement quality of Ballet and Release techniques to refine a graceful, strong, and artistic dancer. By connecting with each dancer through encouragement and individualized direction we are able to evolve from being just a dancer to a community of Artists. I can’t wait to move with you and share a mutual love for art, music, and dance.

(re)Connect Rotating Class Series

Wednesdays in May 7:00-8:30pm

with Nick McGhee

Join Company Dancer Nick McGhee for class each Wednesday in May!

This class will explore dynamic contemporary techniques with an emphasis on cultivating a safe and creative space. We will be aiming our focus on cultivating and maturing our performance quality, ranging from improvisation to classical modern contemporary techniques. Some classes will start on the floor and slowly build up to standing, exploring movement in diverse relationships to gravity. Other classes will start with individual task-based guided improvisation. We will end with a phrase that utilizes the explorations and tasks from class for a holistic contemporary study.

About the (re)CONNECT Rotating Class Series:

Reconnect with your practice and artists in our San Diego dance community through a rotating monthly series of drop-in technique classes featuring current and former MD company members, choreographers, and faculty. With a drop-in schedule every Wednesday night, this series fosters meaningful ways to get to know an artist deeply over the course of a month, while providing a wide array of artists for intermediate to advanced students to study with.

Next month: Contempoary Modern with Jessica Rabanzo Flores

Afro-Modern with Dunham Roots

Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm

with Nicole Francesca

In this class, we fuse together the richness of Afro-Fusion and the precision of Dunham Technique. Afro-Fusion draws inspiration from various African diasporic movement styles, infusing them with contemporary influences. With infectious rhythms and dynamic choreography, Afro-Fusion ignites the spirit and encourages participants to connect with their inner groove.

We will also delve into the legacy of the legendary Katherine Dunham through the Dunham Technique. This technique combines elements of Caribbean, African, and modern dance, focusing on strength, flexibility, and storytelling. By incorporating Dunham’s signature isolations, polyrhythms, and organic movements, we will honor her legacy and unlock our own artistic potential.

Afro-Modern with Dunham Roots is designed to nurture body awareness, self-reflection, and body acceptance. This is a brave space where each participant can embrace their unique journey and find a sense of belonging within the supportive community we cultivate. Join us for an exhilarating dance experience that celebrates movement, diversity, and self-expression. This inter-generational dance class welcomes movers of all ages and skill levels, creating a vibrant community where everyone can explore the power of dance.

Beginning/Intermediate Ballet

Fridays 10:00-11:30am

with Alexa Fote

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Dance With thisABILITY

Fridays 4:00-5:00pm

with Nicole Francesca

DWTA is an upbeat, energetic dance class designed to be accessible for dancers with disabilities ages 12+. The class follows a similar structure each week with a warm-up, then around the room and across the floor movement, and ends with learning phrases and combinations. Movements and combinations are designed to accommodate dancers who may struggle with balance and coordination and alternatives to any movement are always available. Students from this class have been involved with Jason Mraz Foundation’s Shine Performance

Modern Jazz Blues

Saturdays 10:30am-12:00pm

with Maria Benjamin

This is a lyrical Jazz class that’s a fusion of Horton, Graham, Limon, Afro, Gospel, Blues, and Ballet. It focuses on and builds musicality, technique, strength and expression. We start with three warmups set to contemporary music, an adagio, and then going across the floor, in order to prepare the body for choreography. The choreography will vary every one or two weeks, but will always be music driven and soulful. This class requires some prior dance training, but frequent attendance will help the dancer become stronger and improve their technique. The most important thing in this class is for students to use the space to move, express themselves through the choreography, and feel their spirits soar.


Adult Dance Classes in the Malashock Dance Studio

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