TURN It out

dance academy

bellaire, ohio 



Our mission is to help each student realize and reach their full potential and to enhance their lives through the art of dance.


At Turn it Out Dance Academy, your child will get the best dance education in the area. TIO offers quality dance instruction by a professional and courteous staff.

We believe in teaching "how" to dance, not just a routine to perform at the end of the year. Our students learn the importance of proper stretch and warm-up, dance terminology, placement, and positions. We teach proper technique and how to express individual personality through dance. Our goals are to provide the most positive and exciting dance experience, a family friendly atmosphere, and to share our love for dance with the TIO community.

By giving your child the gift of dance, you are providing them with an opportunity to learn many important skills that will prove valuable to them beyond the stage: self-confidence, rhythm, gracefulness, self-discipline, coordination, muscle control, body awareness, stage presence, accountability, positive self image, teamwork, time-management skills.



(740) 671-9000



3243 Belmont Street
Bellaire, OH 43906





Classes available for TIO's recreational company include ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, and hip hop.  This company is able to participate in the Christmas parades if the student is registered in jazz or hip hop.  This program is designed for the dancer who wants to gain poise, coordination, rhythm, and confidence. This company will aid those who find enjoyment in dance and help those interested in cheerleading, drill teams, and all sporting activities.


Classes available for TIO's competition company include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop, and lyrical/contemporary. This program is geared towards the serious dancer who wants sound technical training and performance opportunities.  The company participates in one dance convention and two dance competitions a year.  While this team requires more dedication and time, the rewards are immense. This program will especially aid those who have interest in dance beyond high school either to continue on a college team or to become a professional dancer, teacher, or enter a related career.  Auditions for our competition teach occur the last weekend of June each year.


Every summer, TIO hosts a dance intensive. Dance professionals come to our academy from cities such as: New York, LA, Boston, Pittsburgh, and many more.  They instruct our local dancers throughout a 4 day intensive.  You do not have to be a student at TIO to participate.  This provides dancers with a unique opportunity to study closely with current industry professionals. The intensive is scheduled for August this year. More information coming soon!


TIO offers a full summer curriculum to all interested students.  Students do not have to be registered for our fall session in order to take summer classes.  Summer session is 7-8 weeks long.  

TIO is available to host dance camps for any group or squad seeking extra training. The camp will be specialized based on the wants and needs of the group seeking training. Please inquire at mandy@tiodance.com.






TIO Owner and Co-Director - Dancer - Choreographer - Educator - Fitness Instructor - Adjudicator

Mandy's dance career started at age three with Dance Dimensions Inc. Titles won: Teen Miss Dance Of Ohio 1999, Miss Dance of Ohio 2003, Crowned OVAC Queen of Queens 2003, numerous high point overall awards at regional and national competition

Since moving to New York in 2003;

Mandy has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for seven years. She was offered the job again for the 2011 Christmas Season, but declined to start a new chapter with TURN IT OUT Dance Academy.

Aside from Radio City, Mandy has graced many stages regionally and nationally in her eight professional years. A few credits include: Chicago (played the part of Liz) – Telluride Regional Playhouse Macy’s Industrial in Las Vegas Off-Broadway production of Revolution: Dance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Aida – Opera Pacific Carmen – Overture Center for the Arts

Beyond dancing, Mandy has been an adjudicator and master teacher for Dance Xplosion Competition Circuit and Dance Masters. These companies enabled her to travel nationwide to teach and judge some of America’s most talented dancers. Also, she has worked closely with Michele Assaf, a New York based choreographer and teacher. As her assistant, Mandy has learned directing and choreographing skills from the best as they put on numerous professional shows. Assaf’s company – World Dance Movement – hired Mandy as a teacher for their summer convention in Tropea, Italy in 2006 and 2008. Additionally, Mandy has been employed by Performing Edge Dance Academy in the Bronx, NY and Westchester Dance Academy in Westchester, NY for the past two years.  In total, she has 25 years of dance experience and 14 years of teaching experience.

Mandy left NYC in 2011 to pursue her dream of directing her own dance academy.  Since opening in August 2011, TIO has soared in number and recently moved to a brand new constructed building in Bellaire, Ohio.  For Mandy, this was just another step in her dream, and looks forward to many successful years ahead. She is excited to bring teachers with professional dance experience to the Ohio Valley.  Her heart is behind TIO's mission and is enthusiastic about the future.


TIO Co-Director - Dancer - Choreographer - Educator - Fitness Instructor - Adjudicator

Lacey started dancing with Dance Dimensions Inc. at the age of 2. Titles won: Teen Miss Dance of Ohio 2003, Placed 10th overall at Dance Masters of America 2003, and Crowned OVAC Queen of Queens 2006.

After graduating High School, Lacey moved to NYC to study dance and to pursue her dreams of making it a career. After only 3 months, she landed a job with Stiletto Entertainment in L.A. to perform on Holland America Cruise Lines. She performed with the company for 4 ½ years where she traveled around the world to destinations such as: the Caribbean, Alaska, South America, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Egypt, Singapore, and India. 

In between her contracts with Holland America, Lacey has spent time in New York City continuing her dance education and training. She has been a judge for Dance Masters of Ohio and choreographed West Liberty’s Dance Team Competition Routine in 2009.

In total, Lacey has 22 years of dance experience and 13 years of teaching experience.  She is excited to see the years unfold at TIO.  With a state of the art of the facility, a highly qualified faculty, and family-friendly environment, she knows the only way is up for TIO!


Ryan Posey, Cynthia Castillo, Damien Martinez, Bianca Brandon, Bria Cross, Lindsey Bugaj, Beth Ann Melko, Carly Dicola, Brianna Haggerty, Cortni Haggerty,  Savannah McCartney, Liza Jones, Alexandria Parker, Morgan VanNest, Jenna Davis, Grace Myers, Kierstan Pyle, Morgan Pitcher

Administrative Staff

Shawn Taylor, Karley Melko, Monica Melko, Lori Nowakowski, Wendy Riggenbach


State-of-the-Art dance Facility

TIO is proud to have had the opportunity to construct a building designed specifically for a dance studio. Our home includes:

  • Beautiful, spacious lobby to relax while you wait
  • Six high-definition television monitors live-streaming into all studios and gyms
  • A retail space to complete your dance wardrobe
  • A reception area that is your stop for all questions and concerns
  • Five large dance areas are available; all equipped with advanced sprung, dance-specific flooring
  • TIO's activity areas include Studio One, Studio Two, Studio Three, North Gym, and South Gym