Maria Malenkova
Authentic Jazz & Blues dancer, performer, educator
Professional mediator, communication skills trainer

Maria Malenkova is a devoted dancer, teacher and performer based in Moscow, Russia.

Discovering dance at the age of 6, she started out as a ballroom dancer, switching to latin in adolescent years and eventually finding her true passion — authentic jazz & blues — in 2013.

Since then Maria has been honing her craft, attending workshops, winning numerous competitions and teaching both locally and around Europe.

In her classes Maria places high value on technique, improvisational skills and history, helping students find their own voice within the cultural context of the dance.

As of 2020 Maria is also a professional mediator, consulting dance couples and teaching workshops on verbal communication and conflict management for dancers.
Live dance workshops
Maria offers history talks and dance classes in a range of swing dace styles, including authentic jazz, lindy hop, solo and couples blues. She teaches both group and private classes. You can book her solo or together with her partner George Trubnikov.
Online lessons
For the last couple of years Maria has been successfully teaching online. You can book a class with her anytime from anywhere. She has also created an extensive online course "Blues Guide" (for now in Russian only).
Communication skills workshops for dancers
Dancers are often taught to rely on body language way more than on verbal communication skills, even though those skills are essential for creating an efficient dance partnership or a healthy environment at a dance school. As a professional mediator, Maria has designed a unique workshop for dancers, which focuses on efficient conflict management and communication skills.
Private mediation for dancers
Fighting with your partner while practicing, preparing for a competition or teaching a class? Having trouble with your co-workers at a dance school, your student or your teacher? Book a private session with Maria to manage your conflict in a constructive way and find a solution that everybody will benefit from!
Maria Malenkova
Maria Malenkova — "Chittlin' Switch Blues"
Maria Malenkova & George Trubnikov — Lindy Hop Improvisation

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