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 35 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 & 2019 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) and teach alongside childhood friends and former students.  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 (Recreational Dancers) and Dance Express (Intensive Dancers). 

 

Miss Molly resides in Warren with her fiance, J.R. Geer, Dog (Jango) and two Cats (Gavin & Jagger).  <3

 

CARLY DAVIES
Tap / Jazz / 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 DU in the fall of 2013. She  now teaches MDDU Tap, Jazz/Funk, MDDE Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, & Hip Hop. 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 Bank. She resides in Warren with her husband Dan, their two cats, Herman & Henry and their newest addition, Baby. We are so fortunate to have Miss Carly on staff, her love for her students and dance shines in all she does.

LAUREN PASSINGER
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. Lauren 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!
 
Miss Lauren recently got married to the love of her life, Michael, and is now officially Lauren Passinger! Congrats Lauren!!!
 
 

MADISON BEZON
Combo 2/Dance Express

Madison is a 2014 graduate of the University at Buffalo where she received a dual degree in Dance Fine Arts and Speech & Hearing Science. Following school, she was an adjunct professor for the University at Buffalo for two years. Growing up in the Cleveland, OH area Madison competed in various dance competitions throughout her elementary/middle/high school experience winning multiple overall awards, special awards, and dance discpline awards. During her college years, she was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company at UB and choreographed her Junior and Senior years. She received two scholarship awards regarding her talent as well as dedication to the University at Buffalo's Dance Department.

Madison currently resides in Warren with her husband, Zach, and their dog Baxter and works at United Refining Company.  Madison has been an award-winning guest choreographer for the Dance Express Company for 8 years, loves working with all her students and is excited to finally be able to be part of the full-time staff of MDDU. 

We are SO excited to have Madison on our Team and love all that she brings to the table ~ especially her positivity, energy, and excitement for DANCE!

ASHLEY CHURCH-CROCKER
Jazz II & III / Ballet/Lyrical  / Lyrical

Ashley’s dusting off her dance shoes and coming out of dance retirement!! (and we are SO excited!) Ashley’s love for dance began at an early age.  She joined Linda Dies Dance Unlimited in the 2nd grade and studied all types of dance. She then went on to become a member of the Dance Express company for 8 years studying: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz & Lyrical.  During her time in DE Ashley won numerous high, overall, and special awards for her Solos/Duets and Team dances.  Ashley brought pure entertainment and style to all the dances she was in and is best known for her lip-syncing character numbers, strong Jazz technique and emoting Lyrical.  After graduating from Eisenhower High School in 2009,  Ashley got her Undergraduate Degree at Mercyhurst University, where she was also a member of the dance team and performed at sporting events and attended competitions.  After Mercyhurst,  Ashley attended Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Ashley is excited to be back in Warren and teaching dance again. It was always such a big part of her life that she has really missed since beginning her dental career.  She currently resides in Russell with her husband, Cale, and her two boys, Gage and Hudson and is a Dentist at Market Street Dental.  

WELCOME BACK ASHLEY!  MDDU is thrilled to have Miss Ashley on our TEAM! She will be teaching: Jazz II, Jazz III, Ballet/Lyrical, Lyrical II.

KATIE JACHE
Ballet/Tap I/II

Katie was born in Connecticut, and raised all over New England and Canada. Graduating from Rockland District High in Maine, she got her associates degree at the College for Officer Training, and became an ordained minister in The Salvation Army; currently stationed in Warren, PA. Katie is also working on finishing her bachelors degree in Leadership and Ministry at Asbury University.

Katie first took ballet and twirling/majorettes when she was 11years old in Suffern, NY. After 2 years, she began taking lyrical and hip hop dance through a regional program with her church, which also held yearly competitions she was a part of for many years. She began to teach lyrical and competitive dance at her church as well as at monthly regional music programs.When Katie and her family moved to Punxsutawney, Pa, she began to take ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theater, and jumps, leaps and turns classes at VanDyke and Company.  Besides having participated and choreographed for competitions since 1998, Katie was in VanDyke and Company’s “The Nutcracker” in 2012 and 2015, and “The Ugly Duckling” in 2014. She was also a special guest dancer with Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s “Nutcracker” in 2017 and 2018.  Katie has been married to her husband, Keith, for 22 years, and they have three children -  Lilly who is a Dance Express member, Bryce who is a dance major at Messiah College, and Gavin who is married to Emily and their two children, Eleanor and Gabriel. 

 

    MDDU is so excited to add Miss Katie to our TEAM! She will be teaching our Ballet/Tap I/II!

HANNAH AUGENSTEIN
Jazz I, Dance Express

Hannah, a 2021 graduate of Warren County Home School, has danced at Linda Dies' Dance Unlimited/Molly Dies' School of Dance for 14 years since the age of 4, training in ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, & acro. Hannah participated in Dance Express Company for 10 years, making her 1 of only 2 dancers to have achieved “10 Years of DE Dance Excellence”. During her time in the company, Hannah had the opportunity to dance in numerous regional & national competitions throughout PA, NY, & OH earning many platinum & top score awards with her team. In spring of 2021, Hannah was awarded the Power Pak Award, an exclusive invite to participate at a Star Dance Alliance event with other talented dancers from across the nation. She also received a 2nd place award in the first-ever Warren County Talent Show.

Hannah has performed with Dance Express at Universal Studios FL, in Skate Dance Dream NY with SYTYCD finalists, & at a Harlem Globetrotters game. She has danced in many theatrical productions at Struthers Library Theatre including Alice in Wonderland, White Christmas, CATS, Christmas Spectacular, & Summer Festival of the Arts, as well as Christmas Magic at the Reg Lenna.

Hannah always enjoys any unique learning opportunities when it comes to dance. One of her most memorable experiences was when she attended Cleveland's AHA! Art Festival for a master class with Derek Hough (DWTS/WOD), where Hough chose Hannah & sister, Haeli, as 2 of only 5 people to dance a combo with him onstage at Playhouse Square. Hannah has taken master classes at Broadway Dance Center NYC & Millennium Dance Complex PGH with celebrity choreographers & Broadway/film stars including Robert Taylor Jr., Salim 'Slam' Gauwloos, Nick Adams, Elec Simon, & Howard Johnson. While in Dance Express, she has also participated in dance intensives taught by professionals including Alex Wong, Travis Wall, Trevor Sones, & others.

In addition to TA-ing DU classes, Hannah has assisted in teaching therapeutic dance & dance outreach. Hannah was the dance instructor & choreographer for SLT Academy's Christmas Cabaret. She has also choreographed and taught an original dance number for TNT Baton Corp, whose show routine was awarded the Atlantic Coast Championship Title. Hannah is excited to continue her dance journey on staff, as she also pursues her real estate & property management career through online training.

We are SO excited to announce/welcome Miss Hannah Augenstein as our newest Staff member!! She is so sweet, kind, and ready to DANCE! Have fun Miss Hannah and enjoy this new journey!