was one of the most exciting dance performers I have ever worked with in my 50 years in theatre and television and her
technique which combined jazz, classical ballet, and gymnastics with equal ease is very special.
I'm sure she will be an inspiring and excellent teacher and her experience as a lead dancer in all mediums will help young performers to understand the demands of the profession.
Dougie Squires OBE, Order of the British Empire
"My name is Stephen Beagley, I am a former principal dancer of The Royal Ballet Companies, and had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Lia Malcolm and what a great experience it was.
"I first met Lia Malcolm
in 1997 at the Folies Bergere
in Las Vegas where we were the principal adagio dancers.
Working with Lia
was an amazing and fun experience, but also it was one of those rare showbiz experiences, when you know there is something "magic" happening.
ia's talent and drive (and extension!) were in a category rarely ever seen in my then 26 years in the business.
has a rare blend of emotion, talent and energy about her
that had the audience literally 'gasping' at her
and I parted ways shortly after, but we always stayed in touch through these years.
"Then last year, I was asked by Lia
to come teach at her
studio, "Dance Elite
" in Rapid City, SD.
I was absolutely stunned to see what she
had done with her
teaching of technique is of course, well above and beyond what you would find at any given studio, but above that, she
instills a FIRE and a CORE OF BELIEFS in her
dancers in class, that I have not seen in any studio, anywhere.
And at the core, a LOVE FOR DANCE!!
The students dance and perform at a hugely advanced level, which is passion driven, and all in a highly professional manner.
Lia is directly responsible for this, and her commitment to them and to her work at Dance Elite, is a beautiful and rare thing!
Anyone in RC, SD who is lucky enough to get to study with her
will reap HUGE rewards as dancers.
has that kind of creativity, drive and passion!!
I'm so proud of her
as a dance teacher and a friend!
Lia brings out the best in each student and showcases each student's strengths and abilities, allowing them to express their individual dance flare with exceptional technical training.
I want to personally thank Lia Malcolm
for giving Sarah her
love for dance back!
As a parent, all I wanted was for Sarah to be happy at an activity we were paying for.
Who would have thought that in Rapid City, South Dakota we would have this unbelievable opportunity to have our kids study under an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing!
Lia's dance credentials and dance experiences are remarkable.
I feel this is the best classical ballet instruction we can offer our kids.
life lessons as a professional dancer with the students and these lessons are priceless!
The impression the random mom gave me is that everything was done by one person, Lia Malcolm
This cannot be true, one person can NOT do all that I saw.
However, it is very clear that Lia
, and her
students, do magic -and LOTS of hard work.
is probably the most passionate person I have ever had the honor to meet.
pours 110% of herself into every dance and performance opportunity she
lines up for the dancers in her
tutelage, these dancers are able to put on shows that one would expect to see in large, theatrical cities such as New York City, Chicago, or London.
I am constantly in awe of her
choreography is unmatched and her
ability to showcase every dancer in the best possible light is so very much appreciated by the families who come to see their daughters and sons perform.
Thank you, Lia
, for raising the "barre" in the Black Hills.
I cannot speak highly enough of Lia Malcolm
Three years ago, I 'discovered' Dance Elite
and made the decision to have my girls begin their training at the studio.
It is truly the best decision I have made in regards to their dance education.
Lia is an amazing teacher who has great respect for her students as individuals, and cares passionately about their dancing.
Drawing upon her
vast training with Britain's
Royal Ballet, she
excels in taking her
students to levels of skill and performance beyond their own expectations.
Director - Lia Malcolm