Meet Your Instructor

Malia San Nicolas

Malia began her passion for the stage and dance at the age of two where she started her formal training in classical ballet under the tutelage of several Russian ballet coaches and ballet companies. She performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Cinderella. She also studied tap, jazz, contemporary and has a background in gymnastics.

After spending her early years in the classical arts, Malia entered the scene of partner dancing. She began competing with a three-time Grand World Champion country dance troop in 1993. During her travels with the team, she was introduced to West Coast Swing and quickly fell in love with the versatility and style of this musically driven dance. She began competing in the Showcase division on the swing circuit while simultaneously competing with her team on the country circuit. In 2001, Malia began training, teaching and competing in American Ballroom and Latin. She decided to teach full-time in 2008.

In 2010, after a long time hiatus from competitive routines, Malia hit the routine competition floor again – this time in the Classic Division. She most recently competed in the Sophisticated division taking 1st Place at the US Open Dance Championships in 2015.

Malia competes at the Champion level and is known for her smooth quality of movement, sassy personality, and is a much sought after instructor.

Choreography is a powerful learning tool in dance. The process of learning a sequence of steps, in a set order, accented to the music, helps link the brain (learning) and body (muscles, balance, control) together. With practice, choreographed movements develop skills that become automatic in social dancing.

Choreographed Ladies-Only Styling Workshop


Session 1 – Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Session 2 – Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 3:00 – 5:30 pm


Innovation Dance Center
14339 White Sage Road
Moorpark, California


Experienced WCS dancers are invited to join us for a 5 hour Choreographed Ladies-Only Styling Workshop (presented in two sessions). In this workshop, ladies will learn a sassy choreographed dance routine designed to improve timing, rhythm, control, formations, body isolations, footwork, arm styling and presentation. The studio is the perfect location for this class with a large dance floor, wall to wall mirrors and a great sound system.

*Participants must commit to both sessions and pre-register by June 15th. We are not taking “walk-ins”. Our goal is to send video choreography and instructions BEFORE the first session so you must pre-register to receive the video. Class size will be limited. Experienced West Coast Swing dancers should, at a minimum, know basic 6 and 8 count patterns, know the basic rhythm of the triple, and be able to lead or follow basic patterns safely and proficiently.

Must pre-register by June 15th.

Tickets will be held at the door.

Please arrive 15 mins early to get checked in.

Confirmation will be sent to the email you provide.

Choreographed Ladies-Only Styling Workshop

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