Mandi Gilliland Owner/Director
Mandi has been dancing since the age of 5. She danced for 14 years as a top competitor and taught dance, gymnastics and tumbling for 15+ years in the North Pittsburgh, PA area. Among winning numerous awards for group dances and solos, Mandi was part of the group nominated for the World Showcase dance team.
She has successfully passed grade 4-7 in ballet, studying under the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. As an active member of Dance Masters of America's FL Chapter, she is certified to teach by test in tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics. She currently holds the position of Vice President of the Dance Masters of Florida Chapter.
Along with attending numerous continuing education workshops such as Cicci Convention and The Movement Workshop, a workshop with dancers from previous seasons of “So You Think You Can Dance”, Mandi has also attended USAG Congress where she received her safety certification and 3 years of Dance Masters of America's Teacher Training School.
Her students have competed in numerous regional and national dance and pageant competitions such as; Extreme Talent, Starpower, Turn it Up and Dance Masters of America. Mandi has owned and directed Mandi's Dance Studio, located in Butler, PA, since 2012.
Mandi graduated from Butler County Community College with an Associate’s degree in Architecture in 2009 and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design from La Roche University. Along with teaching dance, Mandi also works as an Interior Architect for Gensler in Tampa, as well as helping others with their fitness goals as a Beachbody's coach.
She resides in the Tampa area with her husband, Trent, and their cats, Taffy and Luna.
Meagan brings over 20+ years’ experience in studio directing, choreography, and mentoring. She has trained and choreographed overall winning routines and title winners. Her students have competed in regional and national competitions such as; Groove, Ticket to Broadway, Dance Makers Inc, Starquest, and Dance Masters of America.
Meagan trained as a top competitor locally in Butler, PA training in tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and Cecchetti. As a student, Meagan tested and successfully passed grades I-IV in the Cecchetti method. She has completed level 1-4 of Dance Masters of America’s Teacher Training School program and is an active member of Dance Masters of PA Chapter 10. She is certified to teach by test in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Modern. Meagan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Professional Writing and a Minor in Dance from Slippery Rock University.
Meagan is ready to take MDS to the next level! She resides in the Butler Area with her husband Jonnie, and their children Parker, Keaton, Kingston, Jax, Zac, and Cole.
Erin has over 10+ years teaching multiple subjects of dance. She has extensive dance training in all subjects of dance from a local studio in Gibsonia, studying directly under our director Meagan! Upon completing years 1-4 of Dance Masters of America’s Teacher Training School, Erin is a certified instructor by test in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Modern.
Erin resides in the Gibsonia area with her husband Shane and puppy Bandit.
Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Slippery Rock University. She has been dancing since age 7, and has been teaching dance for over 8 years. While in school, she was a part of the Rock Dance Company, which performed for elementary schools and retirement homes all over Western Pennsylvania. Within the company, Alyssa mentored incoming members, spoke about the company’s repertoire, and performed for over 1,000 people every year. She was also a part of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and she held the position of Event Planner for the 2019-2020 academic year. She studied Ballet, Jazz, and Modern, as well as taking special classes and master classes in Tap, Improvisation, Bharatanatyam, Hip-Hop, Graham Technique, Contact Improvisation, and Contemporary Partnering. Alyssa was the choreographer for Oil City High School’s 2020 production of Mamma Mia as well as choreographed their 2019 production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has received the Presidential Scholar Award from Slippery Rock University, the Thom Cobb Award from the Slippery Rock University Dance Department, and was an Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award nominee. Alyssa lives in the Slippery Rock area with her husband and is excited to be part of MDS!