A swirl of silk veils… the mysterious chime of finger cymbals… the allure of arabic rhythms. After her first encounter with Middle Eastern dance, Malia was enamored and thus began her journey to become the highly skilled, consummate dance artist she is today.
Malia began her training in oriental dance, commonly known as belly dance, while studying biology at the University of Washington. She quickly discovered a natural talent for hip articulation and rhythm recognition. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science, she pursued a solo career in dance, drawing on her knowledge of human physiology to aid in her studies.
She has since gained recognition as an instructor, performer, and event producer and has been featured in several local, national, and international publications. Known for her powerful and inspiring performances, she has been featured in several highly-acclaimed shows, including Orientalia Zanzibar, Folklife Festival, and ArabFest. She was producer for the theater show Saharan Soul, held at the prestigious Seattle Art Museum, as well as co-producer for the sold-out event Hathor Unveiled. She continues to elevate belly dance through local stage productions and smaller community events alike.
Malia’s innovative ideas and professional demeanor continue to put her on the forefront of the Northwest’s belly dance community. She combines the knowledge and discipline required of life science studies with her passion and love of dance to create an effortless flow of movement and musicality.
Besides dance, Malia enjoys the Great Outdoors, bakes a mean apple pie, and is an advocate for red wine and dark chocolate.