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
Sunday 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 May 1, 2024
Final Applications due June 1, 2024


Registration: $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

Tiffanie Carson (she/her) is an educator, mentor, and performance artist. She obtained her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Currently, she serves as an Auxiliary Adjunct Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University’s Conservatory in Winchester VA, where she has been teaching for the past decade. Her classes primarily focus on contemporary techniques within commercial styles as well as entertainment industry styles, catering to both dance and musical theater majors. In recognition of her teaching excellence, Ms. Carson received Shenandoah’s Transformative Teaching Award in May 2020. In addition to her role at Shenandoah, she is also part of the adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore MD, where she teaches contemporary and commercial styles.

In addition to her work in academia, Tiffanie is in her 12th season as company dancer and Assistant Director for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A) directed by Christopher K. Morgan. Tiffanie has worked alongside Christopher for the company’s numerous winter and summer intensives as well as residencies at universities and colleges. Currently, she’s one of the performing artists for Native Intelligence / Innate Intelligence, an evening length dance performance incorporating modern dance, hula, Hawaiian chant, and live music to examine home and belonging. Tiffanie is also a longtime company member of 16 years for BARE Dance Company directed by Mike Esperanza in New York City.


Always on the move, Tiffanie feels honored to be an invited guest artist at colleges, universities and private studios across the US sharing her knowledge and experiences hoping to inspire the next generation of artists.

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.

Matthew joined Malashock Dance in 2022. He was born and raised in Redding, California. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from the University of California, San Diego. Matthew was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Best Male Performer of the National Contemporary Dance Competition Award INBA / UAM of Mexico City. He has danced with Lux Boreal Dance Company(2011 – 2022) and currently dances with San Diego Dance Theater. He has choreographed works for San Diego State University and The PGK Dance Project. Matthew is also the co-founder and co-director of ConnectArte Multidisciplinary Space, an independent alternative studio/forum offering performances, workshops, and master classes for the community of Tijuana, Baja California.