Founder, Artistic Director
Mandy’s education and training have given her a good overall foundation necessary to run and maintain a business of this sort; however, she takes pride in the fact that most of her staff and leading dancers have had no formal dance training. She is passionate about taking their raw talent and providing them with the means and opportunities to flourish…just as any trained and educated dancer would. Mandy loves entertaining people, but also respects this style of dance as a form of art and expression, as well as a form of worship. She believes that dance is not only a discipline, but also a tool for outreach and investment in the lives of others.
Prior to founding Richmond Urban Dance, Mandy toured all over the country performing, and worked in the ministry at the Richmond Outreach Center and ran the performing arts department for 10 years. She is married to her high school sweetheart, now pastor and police officer, Jason Helmlinger. They have 4 active and talented children, all whom also dance, produce music and videos, choreograph, and teach.
Mandy continues to refine her craft and plans to dance until she either physically can’t, or until her kids tell her she isn’t cool anymore. Bets are she will eventually be a street-dancing grandmother.