Meet Our Instructors

Mandi Barron

Meagan Casey

Erin Boggs

Kendra Slupe

Dominique Crawford

Office Staff

Mandi Gilliland  Owner/Director
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Mandi Barron

Owner 

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. Mandi is a YPAD certified instructor, enforcing protection and safety for all dancers.

 

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.

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Meagan Casey

Studio Director

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 children Parker, Keaton, Kingston, and Jax.

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Erin Boggs

Instructor

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.

Kendra Slupe

Jr. Instructor

We are so excited to welcome back our alumni, Miss Kendra! Kendra started dancing at the age of 3, training the last 5 years directly under Miss Meagan herself! As a student, she has trained in tap, ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical, Cecchetti, and acro. She has successfully passed grades 1-5 in Cecchetti ballet. Kendra has been a competitive dancer for many years, receiving many special judges awards and placing in the top 10. This is Kendra’s first full season as an official teacher, but you may have seen her in the past assisting and substituting for us for the last 3 years! Miss Kendra is currently a Psychology major at Slippery Rock University. A fun fact about her is she has some mad pogo sticking skills!

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Dominque Crawford

Jr. Instructor

We would like to welcome another alumni to the MDS teaching staff this season, Miss Nique! We love seeing our dancers taking their dance education to the next level by becoming a teacher. Miss Nique started at MDS with a Hip-Hop class, but quickly fell in love with dance so much that she signed up for every single class she could take the next year! She worked hard and progressed quickly to join our Superstars competition team. Nique has won numerous regional, national, and world awards for her solos and group dances. She cannot wait to join the teaching team and pass down the MDS legacy!

 

Linda Madlier

Office Manager

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Cassidy Buzzard

Office Assistant