Malia San Nicolas is a local to Orange County, born in Newport Beach in 1975, and currently living in Orange. Malia began her passion for the stage and dance at the age of two where she started her formal training in classical ballet, tap and jazz. After eleven years of the classical arts, she entered the scene of partner dancing and began competing with a three-time Grand World Champion country dance troop. During her travels with the team, she was introduced to ballroom dance and swing and has since never looked back. Malia specializes in West Coast Swing, competing, teaching and judging nationally at numerous events. Malia began teaching in 2000 and can be found teaching West Coast Swing out of several known local studios in Central Orange County as well as teaching American Smooth and Rhythm out of Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, California. Although she now devotes her time to teaching and competing, Malia is also an accomplished Real Estate broker, working in the commercial real estate industry for the past twelve years, receiving her MBA in 2007.