Hello and welcome. My name is Malia, and I am a dancer. Body, heart, and spirit. It is something my soul must do, and, thankfully, it is something I love.
After more than twenty years of MENAHT (Middle East, North Africa, Hellenic, and Turkish) dance experience, my passion for movement has turned towards the exploratory. From academically pursuing Kandinsky's theory of stimmung; to exploring concepts in Nature-based animism; to being present in the somatic/psyche/spirit experience and more; my style is evolving. This space will evolve too. I welcome you to join me and we can dance and explore and grow together.
I teach weekly belly dance classes both online and in-person, as well as occasional workshops and performance courses. I release performance videos, filmed specifically for the digital spectator, several times a year.
This space welcomes ALL BODIES, ALL LEVELS. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me; I'm happy to connect with you. Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to dancing with you.
A little about me:
If you are new to my page or don't know me well, allow me to tell you a little more about who I am and what I do. I have been learning, dancing, performing, costuming, teaching, choreographing, gigging, producing, and traveling all things Middle Eastern dance for over 19 years. I love sharing my love of movement.
I hold three formal teaching certifications from world renown master instructors, have a BS in Biology from the University of Washington, and am currently pursuing a Masters degree at Reed College with a focus on (you guessed it) dance! I had the honor to sit as a competition judge in Seattle, WA several years in a row, and I have performed for the Consul of Oman, and the Minister of Culture of Tanzania. Over the years I have taught hundreds of students, directed a successful student dance troupe, and produced stage shows elevating the art of raqs sharqi, including one held at the prestigious Seattle Art Museum. I have been featured in The Columbian, The Seattle Times, King 5 News, The Belly Dance Chronicles, Sequins & Shimmies, and graced the cover of Belly Dance Japan.
I now offer fusion belly dance classes in-person and online. Sign up for my mailing list to stay up-to-date on class schedules and new performances.