Hello and welcome. My name is Malia, and I am a dancer. Body, heart, and spirit. As the innovator of Nordic Fusion belly dance, I seek to create a modern experience that evokes ancient roots.
Inspired by the rich cultural world of Middle Eastern dance, my passion for movement has turned towards the exploratory; from academically pursuing Kandinsky's theory of stimmung; to embracing Nordic Animism; to connecting the somatic/psyche/spirit and more. I seek to weave into movement my ancestral heritage: Anglican, aboriginal Hawaiian, and Norwegian. My dance tells stories that are simultaneously personal and collective. Rich, organic sounds. Fluid, sensuous movement. Soulful, deep connection. A visual representation of the somatic experience. My hope is to inspire you to learn, grow, and create.
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. My studio is Native/BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ affirming. 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 20 years. Now I am pioneering a new style called Nordic Fusion belly dance. I love sharing my love of movement, and I love exploring new ideas.
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 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 two successful student dance troupes, 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 Nordic 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.