Originally from Great Britain’s Royal Ballet and Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, Lia Malcolm went on to have a 30 year, globe spanning professional performing career. After arriving in America, she was given the position of principal dancer for the longest running show in the history of Las Vegas, Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. Also while in Las Vegas she appeared as Guest Artist with Cirque du Soleil at The House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and was Guest Ballet Mistress to Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. Other credits in Las Vegas included becoming the spokesmodel for the UFC at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and through Farrington Productions, appeared as the featured adagio act for the lavish New Year’s Eve production at Caesar’s Palace as well as a soloist for the grand opening of Risque at the Paris Hotel and Casino. She later joined the cast of Midnight Fantasy at the Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and was featured in Dick Foster’s production of Spellbound at Harrah’s casino in both Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe.
Before coming to America, Lia enjoyed an extensive professional career in Great Britain, Europe and Asia. She was the principal dancer of the World Famous Bluebell Girls, principal dancer at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes France, appeared as the principal dancer in London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre with her name in lights, was a regular special guest artist on a weekly, nationally televised BBC variety show in Great Britain as well as guest starring alongside some very famous names on television shows in Spain, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Japan & more. She also appeared in lead roles of professional musical theatre productions of A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, Sweet Charity and Cabaret to name but a few.
All the while, Lia was appearing in national television commercials for Ovaltine, Schweppes, Peugeot Automobiles, Snickers Chocolate, Tag Heuer watches, BMW Automobiles and was featured in numerous music videos. She was also a professional model for Burton’s, Louis Ferraud, Olympus Sporstwear, L’Oreal Cosmetics, Asahi Clothing, Alan International, Berketex Bridal Wear, Dorothy Perkins Clothing Line and has appeared in many magazine editorials and runway shows.
Since opening in 2009, Dance Elite has shaken the foundation of Dance in Rapid City and the Black Hills Region! Her Competition Teams have gone on to win Regional Grand Champion Titles, numerous awards for choreography and awards for entertainment and technical skill. Dance Elite also won the Best of Rapid City Award in 2014. Overall, Dance Elite’s Competition Team’s trophies, plaques, medals, ribbons and banners reach into the hundreds in just four years of competition.
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