Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dance Instructor
Sergey Malko holds a World Dance Council certificate in International Latin and Standard.
He is professionally trained and holds the qualification of Teacher of Ballroom Sports and choreography from the following institutions:
St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions
The Russian State Academy of Physical Training in Moscow
Sergey’s diploma which he received with Honors, has been authenticated and it is comparable to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialty in Choreography at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States
Sergey has also served as a professor at the department of choreography in the Norilsk branch of the Moscow Humanitarian University of Culture.
Sergey’s special gift is working with children of every age. Dance World International for Kids developed by him has and continues to work in Russia successfully and now here in the U.S. He uses his program to train all new young dancers.
Sergey came to the United States in 2005, since then he not only has owned and operated a successful dance studio, he has produced and choreographed the following productions:
2006 - Wild Wild West
2008 - Spring Fever Dance Show
2009 - Summer Fusion Showcase
2011 - Northern California Summer Breeze Showcase
2013/18 - Annual California Capital Dancesport Competition
2017 - Dance theater production “Alice in Wonderland” play in Harris Center for the Arts
2018 - 10 years MPAA Anniversary Showcase with “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity guests in Harris Center for the Arts
2019 - Northern California Showcase “Spring In My Steps”
2019 - Dance theater production “Snow Queen II” in Harris Center for the Arts
2019 - MPAA Summer Showcase
2020 - Dance theater production “Peter’s Christmas Adventure”
Sergey is considered a high-level coach, choreographer, and Pro-Am Dance Instructor. He has a unique ability to adapt and teach various dance styles such as International Standard, Latin, American Smooth, and Rhythm. He has also branched into Argentine Tango, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Hustle, NC2Step, Lindy Hop, Freestyle, Party, and Theatrical dance.
Leslie’s love of ballroom dancing began in 2011 when she took a social dancing class at UC Davis. From there she jumped head first into dancing, taking as many classes as she could, including joining the award-winning Spirit In Motion Dance Company, a ballroom and Latin formation dance team directed by Gwen Burton Luke. She has held a leadership position in the dance company for 11 years, including recently being elected captain.
After years of being a dance student, she decided she wanted to teach it. In 2021, Leslie completed the Professional Ballroom Teachers Academy teacher training program under the instruction and guidance of Gwen Burton and continues to contribute to the program as a teaching assistant. She has trained at the professional level in 17 different partner dances as a leader and a follower, specializing in American smooth, rhythm, and club.
Leslie’s teaching experience began in the middle school classroom. She holds a BS in Mathematics and CA teaching credential from UC Davis. For the past ten years, she’s been a middle school math teacher, teaching students in grades 6, 7, and 8. She utilizes her experience as a classroom teacher to make dancing fun and easy to understand for all levels.
She has competed in numerous local dance competitions, including the International Grand Ball, San Francisco Open, and collegiate competitions throughout California. Her extensive showcase performance experience ranges from small dinner parties to big outdoor events like the State Fair and UC Davis Picnic Day, to local dance showcases at Spotlight Ballroom and VIP Dance.
Her students always look forward to her weekly group classes and expanding their dance ability in private lessons. She enjoys the creative process of creating and teaching choreography for couples for showcases, performances, competitions, and weddings. Leslie’s upbeat and bubbly personality keeps private lessons and classes lively! She enjoys sharing her passion for dance and performing any chance she gets.