Our Story

The mission of Malashock Dance is to provide access to dance as an avenue for artistic expression through performance, education, and creative collaboration.

Since 1988 Malashock Dance has been an active contributor to the vibrancy of San Diego’s cultural life and provides professional concert dance performances, dance training for all ages, and educational outreach programming for thousands of individuals each year. Its incredible team of teachers, staff, and dancers have local, regional, and national impact and provide life-changing programs for individuals from all walks of life.


The Company’s impressive track record includes the performance of 100 original dance works, and is in its 35th consecutive Season of producing original modern dance performances.  Malashock Dance productions have earned top awards in San Diego among the dance and theater communities, including six Emmy Awards for its dance films, which have aired on over 30 affiliate PBS stations nationwide. The Malashock Dance School provides produced concert dance performance opportunities for youth, teens, and adults. The Malashock Dance Junior Company has performed at the San Diego Contemporary Art Museum, and numerous festivals and events throughout San Diego, increasing access to and awareness of the performing arts. 


Malashock Dance School is much more than a typical dance studio. Our diverse education programs are designed to create access to a safe space for youth, teens, and adults to foster their love of dance. Currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary, The Malashock Dance School offers a full spectrum of dance classes that cater to beginners through advanced and professional level dancers. Camps, workshops, Master Classes, and summer intensive programs engage students from around the world and provide a comprehensive educational experience for dancers of all ages and abilities. 

Malashock Dance provides nationally recognized dance programs that take place in partnership with schools throughout San Diego County. Outreach programs bring free dance programs to under-served students, low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and communities that lack access to affordable performing arts. Its unique and innovative programs ignite a passion for movement and self-expression while strengthening our schools’ ability to provide a holistic approach to learning. Its signature outreach program, Math in Motion, integrates mathematics and dance in a program for elementary students. Residency programs, field trips, and arts integration programs serve over 4,000 students each year and are supported by individual donations, foundation grants, and Government contracts. 

Creative Collaboration

Malashock Dance has been recognized with numerous accolades and invitations to collaborate with major arts organizations including the San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, KPBS-TV, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Music Society, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Art of Élan.  Malashock Dance has a multi-year contract with the San Diego Unified School District to bring dance education to more schools. The organization has shifted from a singular artistic voice to a commitment to providing a platform for emerging and established artists to create and perform dance works as artistic collaborators. Its audiences, students, and supporters are considered collaborators, as their engagement and feedback guide the organization in its response to community needs and interests. 


“Malashock Dance is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Our robust programs are a direct reflection of the generosity of our donors and funders. We could not do what we do without our incredible staff, faculty, dancers, community partners, donors, Board of Directors, and volunteers. If you like what you see here…I invite you to get involved!”

– Molly Puryear, Executive Director


Contact Us

Dance Studio:
2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 104
Dance Place San Diego, Liberty Station
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 260-1622

Administrative Office:
233 A Street, Suite 1010
San Diego, CA 92101

Upcoming Events

Check out a schedule of our upcoming performances and events.