Malia San Nicolas

Arjay Centeno and Malia San Nicolas

Malia San Nicolas began her passion for the stage and dance at the age of two where she started her formal training in classical ballet.  She performed the lead roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Cinderella.  She also began studying tap, jazz, contemporary and has a background in gymnastics. 

After eleven years of the classical arts, she entered the scene of partner dancing to further her experience in other genres of dance.  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 dance.  She began competing in the Showcase division on the swing circuit while simulteneously competing with her team on the country circuit.  She is also versed in American Ballroom and Latin. 

Malia began teaching full time in 2008 and now specializes mainly in West Coast Swing, competing, teaching and judging nationally and internationally at numerous events at the Champion level.  In 2010 she got back on the routine competition floor competing in the Classic division.  Although she has a sassy and infectious personality, she is known for her smooth quality of movement and elegant look on the floor.