Melissa Heick-Rodola (Director & Dance Instructor)

Melissa began her studiesMelissa Heick at local recreation and park programs at 4 years of age. She has been teaching and choreographing for 18 years. Melissa has studied dance at the Peabody Institute, The Dance Studio, Bethesda Dance Studio, The Broadway Dance Center, Towson University, Steps, and other dance studios around the USA. Ms. Heick has also graced the playing fields of the Baltimore Ravens as an NFL Dance Team member.  Melissa was VERY fortunate to be casted in the well-known musical Fame.  She has taught at many schools around the Baltimore/ Washington area as well as serve as the director for Carroll Manor Dance from 2003-present.  Melissa also enjoys volunteering her talents.  She volunteers her time to help underprivileged children and perform for senior citizens.  Melissa has been teaching for Carroll Manor for over a decade.  This is not just a job for Melissa, she considers this her dance family!  Melissa is happily married to her husband, Auggie.  They have three children, Lucas, Annabella, and Giovanni who was just born in May 2017.  Melissa has attended many competitions around the USA.  However, she strongly believes that dance is not a competition, but is an art form.  She feels that students should compete only with themselves to achieve a perfect balance of creativity, style, strength, and grace.  Melissa’s number one goal is that every student, regardless of his or her ability, should receive the best possible training.  Her passion to teach students of all ages, with high standards of style and technique shines daily.

Angela Jachelski (Dance Instructor)

Angela has been teaching dance classes in Baltimore County for over 15 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Ms. Angela began her study of dance with Baltimore County Recreation Counsel at the age of 3 and continued to learn and develop her art as a student at Carver Center for Arts and Technology as well as whilangelae taking dance classes at Towson University. Ms. Angela has performed in many dance concerts as well as productions of the Nutcracker and Anything Goes. In addition to teaching dance class, Ms. Angela works full time as a licensed Social Worker and enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.

Holly Gilmore (Dance Instructor)

Holly (2)Holly is excited to return for another season with Carroll Manor Dance! Holly’s dance experience started at age four with our very own CMRC taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and later also working as a teacher’s assistant. Upon high school graduation, Holly attended Salisbury University to pursue her teaching degree and a dance minor. While at SU Holly continued to dance through a multicultural campus organization called Untouchables Dance Inc . Here she had opportunities to learn many new dance styles, perform, choreograph and serve in leadership positions. In 2013, Holly graduated with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She then returned to teach in BCPS and also happily returned to teach with CMRC Dance!  Currently, Holly is a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore County and pursuing an M.Ed in Educational Technology from Loyola University.

Kristen Tirocchi (Dance Instructor)

Kristen TirocchiKristen Tirocchi began her dance training at the early age of 3 years old. She has developed a background in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Lyrical. In 2008, Kristen graduated from Towson University with a B.F.A degree in Dance Performance and Education. While at Towson, Kristen had the opportunity to study with various faculty and guest artists, to perform in many concerts, and she also choreographed a dance for the camera piece which won second place in the 2006 Student Media Arts Festival.

In 2011, Kristen started performing with the Baltimore-based modern dance company, Impluse Movement Project. While she loves the performance aspect of dance, Kristen’s main passion has always been teaching dance to children. She has been teaching technique classes and choreographing for student performance groups at various dance studios throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania over the past ten years. Kristen enjoys introducing children to the world of dance, and hopes to help them develop their passion and love for the art form. Kristen was an instructor for Carroll Manor Dance from 2006-2010, and is very excited to be returning!

Julie Giannino (Dance Instructor)

Julie GianninoJulie is extremely excited to be back at Carroll Manor Dance! Julie began dancing at age three, and she started at CMRC at age five. She did ballet, tap, and jazz at CMRC all the way through high school graduation. During her time at Carroll Manor, Julie was a dance assistant for many years and also assisted with summer dance camp. Julie attended the University of Delaware and is a proud Blue Hen. By day, she is currently a Civil Engineer in Sparks, Maryland. As a former Summer Performance Group dancer herself, Julie is thrilled to get to come back to dance and be part of this group again as a teacher!

Leeanne Gibson (Dance Instructor)

Leeanne GibsonLeanne Gibson started her dance training at the age of 5 at Honeygo Regional Center of Dance. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and modern, where she performed with their dance company. Here Leanne worked as a teacher’s assistant for ages 3-15. In 2010 she began training at A Step Ahead Dance Center where she performed with the ASADC Company. Later, she studied dance at CCBC under Tommy Parlon where she earned her AFA in dance. From 2011-2014, she danced with the CCBC Dance Company and earned the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Dance Company in 2012-2013. Here, she worked with choreographers such as Melanie George, Alvin Mayes, and Peter Pucci. Transferring to UMBC in 2015, Leanne studied under Doug Hamby where she had the opportunity to perform in multiple shows, event galas, and attend multiple ACDA conferences. In 2017 she earned her BA in dance and graduated magna cum laude. Leanne has been performing with the Trajectory Dance Project since 2018 and has performed at The Dance Loft on 14, Baltimore Theatre Project, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Currently, Leanne is teaching children of all ages across the Baltimore area. She would like to further her education by pursuing her Masters degree in Dance in the future.

Amanda Koehler (Dance Instructor)

Amanda began dancing at the age of three and danced for 15 years with Parkville Recreation. She took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and hip-hop during that time. In 2003, Amanda became an assistant teacher for the 4-7 year old classes which helped develop her love of children and education. In high school, Amanda danced for 2 years on her high school’s dance team. She then became a dance teacher for Parkville Recreation from 2008-2011 and taught ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop to children from age 4 through high school. During this time, Amanda attended the dance conventions Monsters of Hip-hop, Monsters of Contemporary, and the Pulse Dance Teacher’s Conference in New York City.

Amanda attended Towson University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Services and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She works as a Special Education teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools and enjoys teaching and helping children succeed. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband (newlyweds!) and stepson. She is excited to join the Carroll Manor Dance team!

Jessica Preactor (Musical Theatre Instructor)

Jessica began studying dance at the age of 6 at Karen Sach’s Dance Academy. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz and modern. At the age of 11 she was accepted to the Baltimore Actors’ Theatre Conservatory where she began her journey into the world of Musical Theatre. Through the years until she graduated, Jessica participated in over 40 shows as a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and assistant director. She then continued her studies at the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York where she earned her Certificate in Integrated Musical Theatre. Currently, Jessica is a Museum Executive Associate at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum where she teaches children of all ages. Jessica is excited to join the Carroll Manor Dance Studio and is looking forward to the start of the new school year.

Dance Assistants

We are very fortunate to have such a talented group of assistants to help our teachers. These girls help with attendance, stretching, technique, recital performances, and much much more! All of our assistants are trained in ballet, tap, and jazz.


Carroll Manor Dance Studio is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of parents to help with everything from registration to ordering costumes! Our program wouldn’t run with these amazing volunteers.