Demetre Souliotes & Malia San Nicolas
Demetre Souliotes' love for dance first manifested itself at a young age in the form of Hip-Hop and Break Dancing. By 13 he was competing, battling, and winning competitions in three different styles of Hip-Hop. Since those early years dance has remained a constant and integral part of his life. It wasn't till a couple years later that his journey of life and dance changed forever. Demetre found West Coast Swing, a dance that introduced him to the unique joys of partner dancing while still touting the same freedoms in individual creativity, self-expression, and musicality allowed for in Hip-Hop.
Dance and West Coast Swing in particular, quickly became an all-encompassing passion. 3 Months after learning the basics of WCS he won his first contest, within 2 years and a quick accent through the competition circuit, he was asked to partner by one of the top champion dancers of the day, Beata Howe.
Demetre and Beata travelled the USA full time on the West Coast Swing Professional Circuit; competing, performing, and teaching all over the US; finally, capping the year with a 6th place finish at The US Open Swing Dance Championships.
Demetre has had the privilege to teach or judge at some of the most revered conventions in the West Coast Swing community, such as Liberty Swing, Chico Dance Sensation, Summer Hummer, Boston Tea Party, South Bay Fling, Palm Springs Summer Swing Dance Classic, Dallas Dance, MadJam, Swingin' New England , and Swing Thing. In addition to weekend events, Demetre had the honour and privilege of being invited to New York to teach at the famed dance studio, Dance Manhattan, where he spent two months teaching alongside some of the best dancers in the world. Back home in Southern California he has taught dance courses at the University of Southern California (USC) & Caltech University. Demetre spent 4 years teaching all over Asia and started the West Coast Swing community in China. When not traveling on the circuit, Demetre teaches and hosts classes and dances all over Southern California. In 2014, Demetre and his new partner Kristen Humphrey took top 12 in Classic at the US Open Swing Dance Championships.
Demetre was recently nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame
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.
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