Summer Dance Institute 2024

Dear Artist,

In a rapidly evolving performing arts field, dancers must broaden their mastery of dance while developing expertise in arts administration, education, and build their community network. This unique Summer Dance Institute will expose participants to the work of two dance companies – Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and Malashock Dance & Company, and connect participants with other San Diego dance community artists providing a comprehensive view of making a life in dance. With contemporary dance technique classes, repertory sessions, choreographic tool building, mentorship in arts administration and education, a networking event, and photo shoot, artists will leave empowered with tools and connections to create the artistic life they desire.

Be in space and inspired by guests from the San Diego dance scene, Malashock Dance & Company dancers, and CKM&A collaborators.

Join us,

June 24 – July 6, 2024

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday June 30 10am-6pm
Saturday July 6 12pm-8pm


Complete the online application

Priority Financial Aid Deadline February 15, 2024

Final Financial Aid applications due April 1, 2024
Final Applications due June 1, 2024


Early Registration (before March 1, 2024): $1,000
Standard Registration (after March 1, 2024): $1,100 

Financial Aid is Available. Please include a statement of need on your application to be considered.

Faculty –

Christopher Kaui Morgan (he/him)is honored to return to Malashock Dance & Company, where he began his dance career as a company member from 1995-1998.  Christopher creates multi-disciplinary performances that synthesize dance, storytelling, original music, and multimedia design to explore identity as well as social and cultural issues. He founded dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His work has been performed in 22 countries on 5 continents. 

Christopher’s teaching credits include the undergraduate program at American University (2011-14), and the undergraduate and MFA programs University of Maryland (2014-17). Christopher and residencies at over 25 institutions in the US and abroad. 

 From 2017-2021 Christopher was Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place (Washington, DC), stewarding the organization through the triple pandemics of 2020-2021 maintaining the entire staff with no layoffs or furloughs and continuing to pay artists and teachers. Since 2006 Christopher has directed Art Omi: Dance, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York. Known as a thoughtful advocate for cultural integrity, inclusivity, and diverse representation in the studio and on stage, his Native Hawaiian ancestry and wide-ranging international performance career influence all aspects of his work. Christopher was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden for the National Council on the Arts and was confirmed by the US Senate for a six year term in March 2022.

JOHN MALASHOCK brings 48 years of experience in dance, theater, opera, television and film to his role as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. As a choreographer and director, he has created more than 100 choreographic works for stage and screen. John founded Malashock Dance in 1988, after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York, where he performed worldwide; appeared in the Academy Award-winning film AMADEUS; was featured in numerous television specials; and performed in concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Under John’s leadership, Malashock Dance has become one of California’s premier dance companies, and his work has been presented throughout the United States, Central America, Japan, and Europe. Malashock has many notable collaborative credits to his name: he has choreographed productions at La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, San Diego Museum of Art, UCTV, KPBS, and San Diego Opera (whose production of THE PEARL FISHERS has been stage in fifteen cities throughout North America). John has garnered six Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on over 30 PBS affiliate stations nationwide.

As a leader within the local and national arts communities, John has served on the Board of Trustees for Dance/USA for six years; participated as a mentor/coach to emerging nonprofit leaders for 20 years through the Fieldstone Leadership Network; served on numerous grants panels for the California Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts; served on the Arts Advisory Committee of The Campanile Foundation of San Diego State University ; and served on Vanguard Culture’s Advisory Board

Originally from southern California, Tiffanie earned her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed her BFA in Dance Performance at Chapman University. Tiffanie Carson is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University and is specialist in the area contemporary & commercial dance. She is instrumental in teaching technique classes for majors and non-majors, choreographing for annual faculty concerts, as well as guiding senior seminar coursework. Tiffanie also spends her time teaching at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. In addition to her weekly teaching in academia, she often travels across the US as a guest artist to several universities/colleges and arts institutions. 

Tiffanie has presented works at the 2016 VelocityDC Dance Festival at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington DC, the 2017 Pushing Progress Series in NYC, the 2016 & 2018 New York Jazz Choreography Dance Project at the Salvatore Capezio Theater in NYC, the 34th & 37th Annual Choreographers’ Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and the 2020 American College Dance Association festival at the University of Maryland where her recommissioned work of B.U.G. [Backlight. Uplight. Glare.] was selected to present at the Gala performance. 

Lauren Christie grew up in Memphis, TN, where she trained at the Ballet Memphis School. She earned a BA in Public Communication and French with a minor in Dance from American University in Washington, DC. She spent summers at the American Dance Festival, where she was selected to perform works by Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp, and Bates Dance Festival, where she performed work by David Dorfman. While living in the DC area, Lauren danced with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (2012-2018), as well as Bowen McCauley Dance, Alight Dance Theater, and Jane Franklin Dance. Since moving to San Diego, Lauren has danced with Malashock Dance (2019-present) and San Diego Dance Theater (2018-present), and is a founding member of DISCO RIOT. She has also worked with Blythe Barton, Monica Bill Barnes, Erica Buechner, Jean Isaacs, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Khamla Somphanh, Gina Bolles Sorenson and Kyle Sorenson, among many other artists. Lauren has taught professional and pre-professional dancers with DISCO RIOT, Malashock Dance, and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and was recently a Guest Artist at Canyon Crest Academy. Lauren is also a 500-hour trained yoga teacher.