MOLLY DIES
STUDIO OWNER / DIRECTOR

"Little Dancers"/ Jazz / Ballet / Lyrical / Pointe / Adult / Dance Express

Molly is a 2003 graduate of Point Park University where she received her B.S. in Information Technology and minor in Dance. Molly, the daughter of Linda Dies, has been dancing since the age of 3.  In her 34 years of dancing/performing, Molly has travelled the world! In 2011 she finished up a 3-year contract on the beautiful island of Guam where she performed as a Dancer/Magic Assistant in DREAM and performed 1,620 shows.  Before that, Molly could be found on the Las Vegas strip as “Rio Rita” and a Float Dancer in “Show In The Sky” at the Rio Hotel & Casino.  She also performed with Jean Ann Ryan Productions aboard the Norwegian Crown.  Molly performed in New York City at the 2002 Elan awards, honoring Ann Reinking, and in 2005 at a Project Dance presentation.  Molly’s most favorite/memorable role was as “Kristine” in the Historic Struthers Library Theatre’s 2002 Summer Stock production of A Chorus Line and a Hot-Box Dancer in Guys And Dolls – “It opened my eyes to a whole new world and gave me the courage to get out there and Trust and Believe in myself AND my dreams!” 

 

Molly’s first major production back in her hometown was as Director for the reprise of the studio’s “Wonderful World Of Cats”. Since then she has Directed Warren Players 2015 "White Christmas", and Warren's first Christmas Musical "A Christmas Spectacular" 2016, 2017, & 2018 where she created, directed, produced, and choreographed and couldn't be more proud of her Team's amazing, hardworking, professional etiquette.  
 

Molly is excited to officially take ownership of her mother's dance studio (Linda Dies' Dance Unlimited 1984 - 2019), teach alongside childhood friends and former student.  
She loves her role of Studio Owner and the Director of the Molly Dies’ Dance Express Company (this studio's Intensive Program) and all that she’s able to do with the Dance Studio.  She is very passionate about what she does and this is reflected in both the Dance Unlimited and Intensive Dancers.

 

CARLY DAVIES
Tap / Jazz/Funk / Dance Express

Carly began dancing at Linda Dies' Dance Unlimited in Fall of 1997, completing 10 years of dance training, 4 of which she participated as a Dance Express Company member.  A couple of her favorite dances she performed in were: "Song For Anne", "Singing In The Rain" and "We're In The Money". 

 

Carly graduated from W.A.H.S in 2007 and Penn State Behind in 2011.  While attending college she continued to dance and was a member of Behrend's Dance Team all 4 years and served as Captain her senior year. The dance team also performed for the Erie Bayhawks Basketball Team at the Bayfront Convention Center. She contributed each year as the team hosted an annual dance and cheer competition at Behrend. After graduation, she coached the dance team until she moved back to Warren.

 

Miss Carly joined the staff of LDDU in the fall of 2013. She  now teaches MDDU Tap, Jazz/Funk, MDDE Tap, Jazz, Lyrical. She is a very involved instructor/choreographer for the MDDE Intensive Program and her solos, duets, group numbers have won numerous awards, special awards, and overalls.  She has also been one of the choreographers for MDDE's "A Christmas Spectacular" since it premiered in 2016.

Carly is also employed at Northwest Savings Bank. She resides in Warren with her husband Dan and their two cats, Herman & Henry. We are so fortunate to have Miss Carly on staff, her love for her students and dance shines in all she does.

KRISTY TURNER
ACRO / Dance Express

 Kristy joined our staff in 2011 when Dance Unlimited and Dance Express added Acrobatics to the curriculum.  Acro adds key elements to our dancers by developing basic tumbling moves involving flexibility, strength and co-ordination. We are thrilled to have added this “program” and are pleased to have such a knowledgeable instructor. Kristy has fit in well with our dance families and we are thankful for this element she has brought to our dance studio.
 

Kristy has been involved with gymanstics for the past 34 years. She was a member of the Warren YMCA Gymnastics Team. She also was the head coah of the Warren YMCA Powerhouse Gymnastics Team from 2000 to 2006. Kristy has coached at many facilities including Woodward Gymanstics Camp where she was a staff member for 2 summers. She has an Associates Degree in Preschool Education from Edinboro University where she was a member of the Edinboro Dance Team.
Kristy is the proud mother of Kassidy and Jay Turner.This is Miss Kristy's 9th year with Dance Unlimited.  She enjoys teaching new skills to every age and talent and looks forward to a new year!

 

 

CARRIE PEARSON
Ballet / Tap / Kinderdance / Dance Company

Carrie received a BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma City University in 2000. Carrie has been dancing since she was 3 years old and studied dance for two years at OCU. Her background is diverse with ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical training by many professionals from all over the country. While at OCU she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company under the direction of Jo Rowan and the school's Pep Dancers as well.  Carrie grew up here at Linda Dies' Dance Unlimited and was one of the founding members of the Linda Dies' Dance Express Company in 1991.  Carrie taught dance classes at Cary Dance Productions, Cary, NC, 2000-2002 and LDDU 2002-2004. Carrie rejoined our staff in 2018.

 

Carrie now resides in Warren with her husband, Erik, and three daughters: Lettie, Josie, and Charlie.  Carrie is a 4th grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School and is excited to have dusted off her dance shoes! We're happy to have Carrie back on our dance staff! Carrie teaches Beginner Ballet, Tap, Kinderdance, and Dance Express. 

LAUREN DUBYNÈ
Dance Express Ballet

Lauren began her classical ballet training at the age of 5. She spent 12 years at Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet under the direction of Monika Alch. During that time, she had training in classical ballet, pointe, contemporary ballet, lyrical, folk dance, including Tarantella, and ballroom dancing, including waltz and salsa. She had the privilege to train under a number of wonderful dancers, including Daniel Ulbricht, current principal dancer in the New York City Ballet, Jonathan Stafford, a former principal dancer in the New York City Ballet and current Artistic Director of both the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and Dennis and Tatiana Malinkine, Ballet Master and Faculty member in the Milwaukee Ballet, respectively. Lauren started her college career in Boston, MA at Emerson College and joined the Emerson Dance Company. She then transferred to the University of Pittsburgh for her remaining education and participated recreationally in dance there as well. Laxuren earned her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 and is currently an audiologist at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown, NY.
 
She is thrilled to be able to dance again and to be apart of the MDDU/MDDE team!
 
 

LAURA SEARS-BALDENSPERGER
Dance Express

Laura has been dancing for the past 34 years. She has performed in over two dozen musicals and has directed and choreographed for numerous community and high school productions throughout Warren County. Laura has taught dance and choreographed in the Pittsburgh and Warren areas for the past 15 years.  She has performed professionally with the Pocono Playhouse, Struthers Library Theatre Summer Playhouse, Allegheny Regional Dance Theatre (choreographer & guest artist for Snow Queen-Snow Queen & Princess and Alice In Wonderland-Queen Of Hearts) AU Dance and Theatre Ensembles (Into The Woods-Florinda) and Shenandoah University Dance Theatre. Her regional credits: Brigadoon, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, Fiddler On The Roof, Carousel, Music Man, Grease, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, King and I, 42nd Street, and Kiss Me Kate. She danced in the 2000 and 2002 American College Dance Festival while attending Shenandoah University’s Conservatory. Also in 2002, Laura performed at the Kennedy Center Honors honoring dance legend Chita Rivera.
 

Laura is a proud LDDU & Dance Express Alumni and has choreographed competitive & award winning dances for DE over the past 16 years. Laura is a certified massage therapist and the proud parent of three little boys, Owen, Liam, & Noah with husband Shawn.