At the age of thirteen, Mandy auditioned and was accepted to begin her studies at the Michigan Ballet Theater. There she expanded on her classical ballet and pointe training and was also asked to perform many selective roles.
In 1992, Mandy commenced her studies at Piazza Dance Company with instructors Gina Piazza, Marilynn Piazza-Esper, and Mary Ann Focht. When competing here at Piazza Dance Company she had won various overall, high-score, and cash prize awards through the years.
Mandy has also taken various Master Classes at conventions such as Tremaine and with choreographers Gus Giordani and Frank Hatchett. Throughout her dance training Mandy has become proficient in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical.
Mandy has also excelled academically and furthered her education at Michigan State University. She graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000. She had a rewarding and busy career as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Procter & Gamble, but has resigned to become a stay-at-home mommy. Mandy now has two handsome little boys, Brady and Hudson. Mandy and her husband Marc also have a cat named Harper.
Mandy states “Dance has given me many opportunities to express my artistic abilities and perform for numerous audiences. It has taught me to be disciplined, confident, hard working, and proud of my accomplishments. I am eager to share with my students the wonderful opportunities that I was given. I always look forward to a new year of instructing at Piazza Dance Company.