The Black Hills of South Dakota are far from England's Royal Ballet, London's West End, and the bright lights of Las Vegas, but for veteran dancer and performer Lia Malcolm, they are home now, and she flourishes wherever she's planted.
After 25 years in the spotlight, Lia thought moving to South Dakota would mean retirement.
"I planned to teach if the opportunity arose, but I never planned to open a dance school," she
However, the young dancers of Rapid City and the surrounding area had different plans for Lia
With the support of many eager parents she
found herself opening Dance Elite in Summerset in 2009, with 10 advanced students, 7 intermediate students, and "a few little babes".
Relocated to its current location on West Main Street in Rapid City in 2010, Lia's studio is now home to nearly 200 dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 33 years old.
are of her
says, "This is their time.