MALWIAN DIEMER

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ARTIST BIO

Maliwan (Molly) Diemer began her dance training in Columbus, Ohio at the age of three. She continued her studies with RAD certified teacher, Ng Siew Fong while her family lived abroad. Ballet became her passion and by the age of thirteen Molly had been invited to study and perform with Indiana University's Ballet Theater, where she trained with Violette Verdy, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Jacques and Virginia Cesbron, Leslie Peck and Doricha Sales, along with notable guest choreographers and directors.

A long time instructor for Indiana University's Pre-College Ballet Program, she also spent a year as Associate Instructor for the African American Dance Company under the direction of Iris Rosa. Molly has been teaching in Chicago since 2005. She was on faculty at the Lou Conte Dance Studio until its closure and is on faculty at Chicago Ballet Arts and at Chicago's first public arts high school, The Chicago High School for the Arts. Molly is a guest instructor for Empower Dance Company and has been a guest coach and teacher for the University of Chicago's UBallet. She has also taught for the Joffrey Academy of Dance and has had the pleasure of teaching company class for DanceWorks Chicago and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.

With her husband, Molly competed professionally as a ballroom dancer. She is a 2-time U.S. National Rising Star Smooth finalist and a U.S. National 10-Dance finalist and has won Professional Rising Star and Open events across the country in Smooth, Latin and Standard.

Molly holds a M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.S.O.F. in Ballet and Political Science, magna cum laude, both from Indiana University.