Dreaming of a creative career in dance? Then you’ll love reading our interview with Molly Puryear, Managing Directory of Malashock Dance in San Diego, CA. Molly is an accomplished modern dancer and teaching artist with over ten years experience teaching dance and over 25 years of training across genres. In addition to dancing, Molly develops community partnerships, artistic residencies in schools and other educational institutions, and specializes in creating programs that integrate dance with academic studies.
We loved learning about the different ways dance has been the central point of her career – on and off the stage. Check out the interview and her ideas on having a dance career that doesn’t necessarily center around endless auditions. And if you’re looking to rent a studio in San Diego, CA, consider Malashock Dance to get your own dance dreams in motion.
When and where did you first start dancing?
I started dancing at the age of three, at a small recreation center program in St. Louis. I still have distinct memories of falling in love with the music (played on an actual record player!), the practice, and of course, the performances.
Do you remember what it was that made you decide to pursue dance as a career?
When I was in high school, I did a lot of visual art. There was a time when I considered going to school and pursuing a degree in fine art. As I started looking seriously at colleges, I realized that dance was not something I loved; it was part of who I am. I got my B.F.A. in dance, and during that time, I met one of the most influential people in my life, a ballet professor named Arleen Sugano. She changed the way I felt about dance because of the way she taught – with passion, intelligence, and by teaching dancers a technique that would keep them healthy and safe. It began to expand the way I viewed a career in dance.
I realized that there were so many relevant applications, jobs, and interests that would keep me in the dance “world” without having to restrict my goals to simply auditioning until I got into a professional company. That’s when I knew that regardless of whether or not I was accepted into a Company, I could still make this a career.
Who are some of your influences in the dance world?
There are so many! I think every single piece of dance I’ve seen, every class I’ve taken, every piece I’ve danced in, and every student I’ve had have been influences. Exposure is everything. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say that John Malashock, the Artistic Director of Malashock Dance has been a HUGE influence on me.
Favorite dance style?
Modern Dance still speaks to me loudest.
What’s the best bit of dance advice you’ve received?
The placement of the pelvis over your supporting leg is critical, the alignment of the pelvis itself is where technique starts, and deep knowledge of anatomy is your vehicle to understanding technique.
Malashock Dance opened its school in 2007, greatly expanding its connection to the community through a full spectrum of educational offerings. The Malashock Dance School provides a comprehensive array of modern dance classes, workshops, master classes, and education outreach activities for children, teens, adults, and professional dancers. Each class is designed to make the experience of dance creative, meaningful, and fun for dancers of all ages and abilities.
What classes do you offer?
Creative Dance for ages 3 – 5, Creative Contemporary for ages 6 – 8, Contemporary Levels I – III for tweens and teens, and Beginner – Professional level classes for adults. We also offer a myriad of workshops, intensives, and master classes.
What kinds of activities can it be rented for?
It can be used for dance classes, rehearsals, yoga, Pilates mat, or any type of dance or movement activity that doesn’t use hard shoes.
Thank you Molly for the inspiring interview!
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