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.

Kendall Rodier (Dance Instructor)

Kendall RodierKendall graduated from Stevenson University in 2019 with a bachelors in biology and a minor in psychology. After graduation, Ms. Rodier started working at a children’s hospital as a feeding therapist. Currently, Kendall is enrolled in a graduate certificate program for clinical genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Starting at a young age, Kendall was involved in dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics. Once she transitioned to high school, she concentrated on cheer and tumbling. This continued into college where Kendall competed at four NCA College Nationals. Kendall is VERY excited to share her love for cheer and tumbling with Carroll Manor Dance Studio.

Jaclyn Muse (Dance Instructor)

Jacklyn MuseJaclyn Muse started her dance training at age 3 where she took classes through Ballet and All That Jazz, Washington County Parks and Recreation, and Dancin’ Time Studios. Here, she studied tap, ballet, and jazz. Jaclyn participated in classes as a student and eventually became a dance assistant and teacher. In high school, Jaclyn attended Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, a fine arts school in Washington County Maryland, where she further advanced her dance career. Here, she was introduced to modern, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, and hip hop. She performed in the 2013 Orange Bowl Halftime Show in Miami Florida as well as countless performances with her dance company. Jaclyn attended Towson University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Family and Human Services with a concentration in Services to Children and Youth. She is currently employed with Baltimore County Public schools, working as a special education and high school English teacher. Jaclyn is also currently working on her masters degree in special education from Goucher College. Jaclyn’s favorite style of dance is tap and she is so excited to become part of the Carroll Manor Dance family!

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!

Abby Shimanek (Dance Instructor)

Abby danced for Carroll Manor Dance Studio for over 10 years before graduating from Dulaney High School.  She is super excited to be back.  Ms. Shimanke graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this past May with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Abby’s favorite type of dance is tap! In her free time Abby loves to listen to music, read new books, and choreograph!  Abby is very excited to be back at Carroll Manor Dance Studio and share her love for dance with all her students. 

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.

Betsy Gilotte (Dance Instructor)

Betsy started dancing at the age of four at Crosby School of Dance in Aiken, SC. Throughout middle school and high school, she performed with the Augusta Ballet Company and the Augusta Players. She studied at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory while attending the University of Connecticut in Torrington. In New York she received scholarships at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center, where she studied with Cecilia Marta, Richard Pierlon, Larry Post and many others. She was the assistant to several teachers and taught children’s classes at Steps and Horizon’s in Dance. She also performed in various showcases and promotional videos. After meeting her husband and giving birth to the first of three boys, she moved to Maryland. Now living in Baltimore, she is busy teaching group fitness classes for the Y of Central Maryland.

Sylvia Sweeney (Dance Instructor)

Sylvia SweeneySylvia danced for Carroll Manor Dance for 13 years. She took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and pointe. After she graduated from Dulaney high school she studied cosmetology at Robert Paul Academy of cosmetology. She completed her schooling there  in 2017 with her full cosmetologist license. Sylvia then started working at All About Me Salon in Towson where she still works as a stylist. She continued to work closely with Carroll Manor Dance over the years doing hair for the recitals and volunteering backstage. She also works as a nanny on the side so she enjoys working with younger kids. Sylvia is very excited to return to Carroll Manor Dance as a teacher and share her love of dance.

Jeanette Proakis (Dance Instructor)

Jeanette ProakisJeanette’s dance career began at the age of two when she started taking tap and ballet through Baltimore County Recreation.  At the age of three she joined CMRC and worked her way through the program learning tap, ballet, jazz, pointe and performance group.  She volunteered to help with the younger classes until she was offered a position as a dance assistant.

Jeanette spent many summers and winters assisting with Dance Camp.  During her senior year of high school, she was an active member of Dulaney’s Dance Company.  Jeanette graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor’s in communications and a minor in creative arts.  While at Salisbury, she was a performing member of the Salisbury University Poms Dance Team. She had the opportunity to perform half-time routines at many of the major sports games, the yearly showcase, and during many other events on campus.  Jeanette was able to learn additional styles of dance including hip-hop, pom, lyrical, and kick line.  In addition to having the opportunity to choreograph many dances throughout her time on the team, she was able to perform a half-time routine during a NFL game at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Football Team.

Currently, Jeanette is working in higher education at Johns Hopkins University and is excited to be back with CMRC

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.