Staff

Meet The Owner

Andrea McCarney
Andrea McCarneyTCRG
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 Cope
Krista CopeAssistant Director
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 Robertson
Colleen RobertsonInstructor
Colleen is a Preliminary Champion dancers who began dancing 8 years ago. She has been a company member since 2016 and competed in the 2021 Digital World Championships. She holds dual undergraduate degrees in engineering and management from Purdue University and dual Master’s degrees in engineering and management from the University of Michigan. Colleen is also a mom of two dancers and has completed grades 1-4.
Miranda McCollum
Miranda McCollumTMRF Instructor
Miranda teaches our Intermediate level classes and the adult program, and is currently an Open Champion dancer. She has been training in Irish dance for 11 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, a VCU graduate with a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Masters from Liberty University in Accounting Taxation. Miss Miranda has passed her WIDA Grade Exams for Grades 1-10, which includes her TMRF certification.
Gwendolyn
GwendolynClass Assistant
Assistant Teacher
Gwendolyn is an Open Champ dancer who has been taking Irish for 10 years. She has been a company member since 2012 and has been a member of Celtic Rhythm since 2018. In July 2019 and 2020, Gwendolyn was a cast member in the Riverdance camp. Gwendolyn has passed her Grade 1-6 exams
Leigh Harp Walls
Leigh Harp WallsInstructor
Leigh is an Intermediate/Open level dancer who has been taking Irish for 9 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
Colleen ParkerSchool Seamtress
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
BrennanClass Assistant
Brennan is an Open Champ dancer who has been taking Irish for 11 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. He was a cast member of Riverdance Camp in 2020 and toured with the Celtic Angels.
LauraBrooke
LauraBrookeClass Assistant
LB is a Pre-Lim level dancer who has been taking Irish for 11 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 1-4 exams and was a cast member of Riverdance Camp in July 2020.
Madeline
MadelineClass Assistant
Madeline is a Preliminary level dancers who has been dancing for 9 years. She has been a company member since 2015 and has been accepted to Longwood University. She plans to major in Library Sciences and has passed her grades 1-4.
Madeline
KeelyClass Assistant
Keely Blair has been dancing for 8 years and has passed grades 1-4. She has been a member of our performing company since 2015 and helps assist with our Primary dancers. Photo coming soon.
Madeline
MadelineClass Assistant
Madeline has been dancing for 7 years and has passed grades 1 and 2. She has been a member of our performing company since 2017 and enjoys helping our teen and adult classes. Photo coming soon.
Madeline
SophieClass Assistant
Sophie has been dancing for 7 years and has passed grade 1. She has been a member of our performing company since 2015 and helps with our Advanced Beginner classes. Photo coming soon.
Madeline
MarnieClass Assistant
Marnie has been dancing for 8 years and has passed grade 1. She has been a member of our performing company since 2015 and has studied ballet for several years. She helps teach our ballet class for younger students. Photo coming soon.
Madeline
HarperClass Assistant
Harper has been dancing for 8 years and has passed grade 1. She has been a member of our performing company since 2015 and helps assist in our Sprites class. Photo coming soon.

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World Irish Dance Association

Studio

11800 Hull Street Road, Suite F
Midlothian, Va 2311

Office

5641 Elfinwood Road
Chester, VA 23831

Heart of Ireland School Logo

Studio

11800 Hull Street Road, Suite F
Midlothian, Va 2311

Office

5641 Elfinwood Road
Chester, VA 23831

World Irish Dance Association