A studio is only as good as its staff. The MgM staff is dedicated to developing talent at both the recreational and professional level. We pride ourslves with a highly experienced and caring faculty providing a positive and nurturing environment. Our staff takes pride in placing your dancer in the appropriate class by age and technical ability. ( Click on name for bio)
Mary G. Mock
Owner and Director
Ms. Mary is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has been dancing since she was four and teaching for over 30 years. She studied dance at the David Blight School of Dance (all phases of dance), Luzerne County Community College (mid-eastern dance), Penn State (Modern and Jazz), Centre County Ballet (Ballet and Pointe) Wilkes-Barre Ballet Center (Ballet), and Dance Workshops of Hazelton (Ballet and Pointe). While studying at the David Blight School of Dance, she was a member of two award winning competition groups. She has been a choreographer and assistant director of plays and choral concerts such as Hello Dolly, South Pacific, and Guys and Dolls as SHS and Godspell, Oklahoma, Carousel, and Barefoot in the Park for her high school and college. Mary has taught all phases of dance for the David Blight School of Dance, Dance Workshop of Hazelton, YMCA Enrichment Program, Faberge’ Follies, Falls Road Dance Studio, and Prettyboy, Sparks and Fifth District Recreation Programs. She served as a talent judge for such competitions as Talent Olympics, Performers on Parade, and Performing Arts Alliance. Mary is the director of award winning competition classes which have received some of the highest titles such as Best and Original Choreography, Best Technique, Best Costumes, High Energy Award, Best Overall, and Most Entertaining. These competition groups travel to perform at places such as Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She further provides her students with master teachers from areas such as New York, Baltimore, D.C., PA and California. Mary also enjoys being a volunteer for Animal Rescue Inc. When not at the studio, she enjoys spending time with her children, Corey, Brady, Nadia, and her husband, John.
Julianne began dancing at the age of 2 at the Sparks Rec Council Dance Program in Baltimore County. This is where her mom, sisters and she met Mary Mock. Later she moved to the Falls Road Dance Studio, in Hampstead, Maryland. In 1995 when Mary decided to open her own studio in New Freedom, her family and she moved with her. She danced under the direction of Mary for 17 years and taught for 11 years. In the last 10 years she began her new journey as the Studio Manager. After graduating from Hereford High School in 2002, she received her AA in secondary education from CCBC in 2005. Julianne met her wonderful husband, Dave in 2004 and married him in 2006. Grace, her outgoing daughter, was born in June of 2006 and has followed in her footsteps and has been dancing for 11 years. Eli was born in March of 2010 and is a very active in sports. Keep Dancing, Especially in your hearts!!!
Amanda Faloni (Senior Teacher)
Strength Training Coach
Amanda Faloni has been teaching at MgM dance studio for 11 years now as the Strength Training Coach. Her certification is from International Sports Sciences Association, and certified as a Physical Fitness Trainer, and certified in Sports Nutrition, also specializing in rehabilitation. Amanda was home schooled and graduated at a young age, then started to work full time. A few of her careers have been beauty pageants, modeling, and her favorite, being a full time nanny. Amanda has been personal training for 10 years in home, and at our local gym, PA Fitness, and Gold's Gym located in New Freedom. Thank you to all my friends and kids and MgM, great job!
Amy Katchko (Senior Teacher)
Amy has taught Ballet and Pointe for twenty years with MgM. Amy earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Education from Towson University. She has a teaching certificate in both Dance and Early Childhood Education. Amy received her intensive ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she also gained valuable performing and teaching experience. This year, Amy planned and choreographed the ballet "Snow White" to enable the dancers to experience being part of a story ballet. Amy and her husband Jim have a son, John, and a daughter, Jillian.
Carrie Sells-Hood (Senior Teacher)
Baltimore County native, Carrie Sells, graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College in 2010 where she earned her B.A. in Dance. A big believer in the benefits of dance education for both children and adults alike, Carrie has devoted most of her time and energy to teaching since graduating. In addition to working for MgM Dance Studio, she has spent many years as a Ballet and Modern dance instructor and choreographer for several dance schools across the Baltimore area. She is also the director of the Ballet School of Cockeysville, a non-profit, community based dance program in Cockeysville, MD. Along with teaching, Carrie is an active dancer, performing most recently with the Golden Dance Experiment, a contemporary dance company based in Baltimore, MD, and ACW Dances, an emerging modern dance company based in Arlington, VA.
Catherine Burk (Senior Teacher)
Catherine Burk has been dancing for 14 years and teaching for 9 years. Catherine has been on the MgM Competitive dance team’s Blazing Stars, Star Bound, & Star Struck. She is a 2016 Kennard-Dale graduate. She is attending college to pursue her nursing career.
Crystal Thomas (Senior Teacher)
Ms. Crystal has been dancing for 35+ years and teaching since 1990. In that time she has done Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Hawaiian & Tahitian. In more recent years she has been concentrating on Belly Dancing. Crystal Casbah is still vending at local belly dance venues and specializes in one of kind custom made costumes. Currently she is director of Troupe Mirabella. She has also been a part of multiple medaling competition groups.
Denise Ingoe (Senior Teacher)
Ms Ingoe has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Tumbling for 15 years at the Margaret Stucky School of Dance in Camp Hill, PA. Ms Ingoe was a student aid and dance instructor at the dance school for three years. Ms Ingoe was a competitive gymnast for four years and completed the USA gymnastics safety certificate for coaches. She coached a high school gymnastic team for three seasons and was a gymnastics supervisor/instructor for the West Virginia University Lifetime Activities program for four years. Ms Ingoe works for a local company and resides in Stewartstown, PA with her husband and three children.
Kelly Billet (Senior Teacher)
Kelly began her dance training at a very young age and has been dancing ever since. She met Miss Mary when the New Freedom studio was opened, and shortly after joined the competition group, Star Struck. She started assistant teaching under Mary and eventually taught her own classes at MgM. Kelly truly believes that once dancing enters someone's heart, it never leaves. Expressing emotions with movement and music brings young dancers joy and confidence, and that is an absolutely priceless learning experience. Kelly has training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Creative Movement, Tap, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing, and Muscle Strengthening. She has a full-time job as a paralegal at Anstine & Sparler in York, and enjoys spending quality time with her children outdoors, crafting, and having dance parties at home.
Kari-Lee Bowers (Senior Teacher)
Kari-Lee has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Towson State University. She started dancing when she was 5 years old in Connecticut and then continued dancing at Victoria J. Irey’s dance studio in Downingtown, PA. She was also a competitive gymnast for 5 years. Kari-Lee has been coming to MgM for 12 years as a dance mom and 7 years as a dancer with the adult group Starlites. For the past 4 years, she has been the Jazz and Tap teacher for Moonbeams and Solarwaves as well as a solo and duo choreographer for competition and recreational students. She lives in Stewartstown with her husband, Bobby, and her not so tiny dancers Ashlee, who was a part of the group Starbrites, and Sydnee who is a part of the competition group Dazzling Stars.
Nadia Mock (Junior Teacher)
Nadia has a love for performing and has been dancing since she was three years old. She studies all types of dance and competes individually, in duos and with her group, Star Struck. Her group has received many awards including top group of the competition. This past year, Nadia has received many individual awards including placing in the top 15 of all age groups. She has performed in Pippin at Susquehannock High School along with Aladdin, A Christmas Carol and The Little Mermaid at Charm City Ballet. Nadia is enrolled at Susquehannock High School and is a member of Avidum. She continues her study of dance by attending camps and workshops. She has attended The Broadway Collective, Broadway Dance Center, DeSales University and will be attending dance camp at Point Park University this summer. Nadia loves teaching and wants to see everyone having fun dancing!
Emily Gladden (Senior Teacher)
Emily is very excited and eager to be apart of the MgM teaching team! Emily has over 14 years of dance training including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Musical Theater, and Hip-Hop. She primarily studied at Greater Dover Dance Academy, but has varying dance education from other local dance studios. She has taught ballet for ages 3 to 5 previously. She has also taken various master classes including flamenco, and character dance.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and offers an eclectic background including styling wedding based high fashion photo shoots, and assisting with local TV production for over 2 years. She currently works as a full time Event & Wedding Coordinator for a local venue.
She offers over 6 years of theater background including local shows, and choreography for various musical theater performances/show choir skits. Dance and theater will forever be her deepest and truest passions in life. There is no better feeling than dancing away your cares!
She is passionate about encouraging, and helping others which is why she thoroughly enjoys teaching dance. For her, dance allows her students to showcase their personality. Her goal is to encourage students to reach their highest potential. In her spare time, she loves spending moments with her dog, Caddy. Reading and drinking coffee are some of her favorite past times as well.
Tami R. Kroh (Senior Teacher and Office Staff)
Ms. Tami is a graduate of Keystone Jr. College with an A.A. in Early Childhood Education and a graduate of Millersville University with a B.A. in Psychology. She has studied jazz, ballet and tap at the former Moore Family School of Dance for ten years. She has performed and received awards in various talent shows and competitions through her life. Tami has attended a variety of dance workshops as well. She started teaching with MgM in 1995 for many different group levels, as well as holding a position as the director for the then added pre-competition groups. Tami taught for MgM until her “retirement” from dance in 2002. As you can see…it’s hard to stay away from something you love to do! She returned to teaching again in 2006 and has continued part-time or as a substitute teacher since then. Sometimes you may also find her filling in for Ms. Julianne in the office. Tami has a full-time job as the Administrative Secretary for WellSpan York Hospital Childbirth and Family Education. She enjoys spending her free time with her family & friends…especially with her boyfriend of 20 years, Chad and her fur baby, Casi.
Emma Williams (Junior Teacher)
Emma Williams is a sophomore at Susquehannock High School and began dancing at MGM Dance Studio when she was 3 years old. Trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, and more, Emma has been assisting for 3 years, and teaching/choreographing for 1 year. She is a competitive dancer on the team Star struck. She loves dancing and working with kids!
Priscilla Jarrell (Senior Teacher)
Priscilla has studied all styles of dance, including taking master classes from some of the best dancers & teachers in the country. She owned her own dance studio in York for almost 20 years, teaching and choreographing all styles of dance for all ages. She also brought some well known So You Think You Can Dance top 10 contestants (Mitchell Kelly & Jess Leproto, Season 10) to York to teach classes at her studio. Besides working for MGM, she also choreographs shows for Dreamwrights Theatre and other local events, as well as performing herself. Dance for Priscilla is a passion and simply part of her DNA. She continues to take classes when she can, and plans to never stop learning and dancing. She lives in Dallastown with 2 of her 3 daughters, and has a granddaughter as well.
Daniella Bosak (Senior Teacher)
Daniella began her dance training at the age of 4 at Wevodau Dance Center and DanceVibe primarily studying tap ballet, pointe, and lyrical. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications, specializing in Multi Media Performance from Penn State Berks where she was on the Dance Team and Cheerleading squad. Daniella was also a active member of her hometown community theatre since the age of 10. She is very excited to join the MGM team!
Courtney Sheckells (Senior Teacher)
Courtney Sheckells is a recent graduate of Stevenson University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is super excited to be back teaching with MGM after dancing here for 14 years as a child! She was a part of various competition teams during her time at MGM including Solar Waves, Blazing Stars, and Starstruck! In college, she was a part of the dance line in the Stevenson Marching Band where she did mainly jazz and pom. She was also a part of the competitive dance team at Stevenson where she competed yearly in Daytona Beach. Her team was 2nd place in Division 3 Hip Hop during her junior year! While on this team, she learned a lot about Hip Hop and her love for the style grew as well! She is very excited to continue dancing after college by teaching Hip Hop at MGM. She currently lives in Loganville with her parents, her two dogs Cooper and Caylie, and her cockatiel Cosmo. She is also teaching 4th grade at Sparks Elementary!
Assistant Director and Senior Teacher
Abbie began dancing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. She started dancing at MgM Dance Studio on the competition team Blazing Stars. Then, Abbie continued training elsewhere in York County throughout middle and high school. She attended James Madison University in VA for two years studying dance and special education. Throughout her dance career she has taken master classes/intensives from some world renowned teachers and choreographers, including Christopher K. Morgan and Alan Arnett. At the age of 12, Abbie was a munchkin in The National Tour of the Wizard of Oz. Additionally; she was the lead in her dance company’s hour and a half production of Pinocchio when she was 14 years old. She has tap danced multiple times with hundreds of other dancers in the Cherry Blossom Parade in DC as well as the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. Abbie got the privilege of dancing in Disney World once when she was 5 and then again when she was 15. Her love of teaching dance and choreographing started when she began assisting and teaching classes at age 16. Ever since she has found her passion helping students find their own love of dance. She now has happily found her way back home to MgM. You will see her running around the studio with her sidekick Service Dog, Lizzie.