Meet The Owner
Andrea McCarney, TCRG
Owner & Director
Andrea started dancing at the age of 3 and grew up taking tap and ballet. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a teaching certificate and a BA in dance. While in college, she started taking Irish dance and it quickly became her passion. Andrea has taught dance since 1998 and has received many awards for her choreography. She is certified as a TCRG through WIDA.
Meet The Team
Krista is Heart of Ireland's Assistant Director and provides assistance with administrative and office management functions, and also helps with the Monday & Saturday classes. She has studied various styles of dance as well as coached cheerleading and competition cheerleading. In addition to her duties at the studio, Krista has assisted her husband with their electrical contracting business for the last nine years, handling all of the office management.
Colleen is an Intermediate level dancer who began dancing 5 years ago.
She has been a company member since 2016 and is now a member of our top performing company. Colleen is also the mom of 2 dancers.
Colleen has passed her grade 1 and 2 exams and is studying for her grades 3 and 4.
Miranda McCollum, TMRF
Miranda teaches our Beginner level classes, assists with the Celtic Beats company, and is currently an Open Champion dancer. She has been training in Irish dance for 8 years and has competed at the WIDA European and World Championships each year since 2015. In addition to Irish dance, Miranda has trained in ballet, tap and jazz. She is a graduate of Cosby High School and is attending Virginia Commonwealth University. Miss Miranda has passed her WIDA Grade Exams for Grades 1-10, which includes her TMRF certification.
Class Assistant, Assistant Teacher
Gwendolyn is a Preliminary level dancer who has been taking Irish for 8 years.
She has been a company member since 2012 and has been a member of Celtic Rhythm since 2018. In July 2019, Gwendolyn was a cast member in the Riverdance camp.
Gwendolyn has passed her Grade 1-6 exams.
Leigh Harp Walls
Leigh is an Intermediate/Open level dancer who has been taking Irish for 8 years.
Leigh has been a company member since 2014 and holds a degree from Virginia Tech. She has passed her Grades 1-4 and teaches our adult ceili class and co teaches the Monday AB1 classes.
Colleen Parker is our studio seamstress. She helps make us look fabulous! Colleen makes the younger dancers' jumpers, the school dresses, and school skirts along with recital costume alterations.
Colleen has been dancing for 6 years and is the parent of 2 Irish dancers. She has completed grades 1 and 2.
Brennan is an Open level dancer who has been taking Irish for 9 years.
He has been a company member since 2012 and has been a member of Celtic Rhythm since 2018. In 2016, he competed at the European & World Championships and placed 3rd in the Intermediate U14 Premiership.
Brennan was a cast member of studio2stage in July 2018 and 2019. He has passed his Grade 1 and 2 exams, and is working on grades 3 and 4.
LB is an Intermediate/Open level dancer who has been taking Irish for 9 years.
She has been a company member since 2012 and has been a member of Celtic Rhythm since 2018. In 2015 & 2016, she competed at the European Grade Feis.
LB has also studied gymnastics and currently competes in baton as a member of the Royalettes.
She has passed her Grade 1-3 exams and is working on grade 4.
Madeline is an Intermediate level dancer who has been taking Irish for 7 years.
She has been a company member since 2015, and a member of Celtic Rhythm since 2018.
Madeline has passed her Grades 1 and 2 and is working on grades 3 and 4.