Andrea's Academy of Dance Staff

Our staff at AAOD is a diverse and talented group of individuals. Each staff member has a variety of skill sets and bring a creative aspect to our studio. All our instructors have many years of experience in dance and technical training. 


Andrea Grasso

Miss Andrea is the owner of Andrea's Academy of Dance. 


Samantha Harsh

Miss Sam has been teaching at AAOD for 6 years. She teaches our Novice Tap Team. She is a Administrative Assistant and AAOD Royals Staff member. She started dancing when she was 3 years old at Debbie’s School of Dance. After graduating, she attended Millersville University and joined a dance team her Sophomore year.  She has been teaching for 10 years, including high school and college.  She has her Master’s Degree in Safety Sciences and Bachelors of Science. 

Ashley Melasecca

Miss Ashley has been teaching at AAOD for many years. She teaches our

Novice Team and rec classes. Miss Ashley has many years of previous dance experience.


Samantha Kauffman

Miss Sam teaches our Intermediate Team for our Royals. nSam began dancing at 3 years old at Willow Street Dance Steps. She did only end of the year recitals until about 2nd grade. In 2nd grade Sam was invited to join the company team called LEDC. She traveled and danced with them, doing competitions, nationals, conventions, trips to NYC. In 10th grade she changed companies from LEDC to Dance Dynamix. After graduating dance at DDX, she went to Paul's School of Baton and taught twirl girls their pageant routines and a portion of their end of the year recital routines.

Rachel Myers

Miss Rachel teaches our strength/conditioning and Intermediate Team for our Royals. She is currently a full time Lead Personal Trainer at Crunch Fitness in Lancaster, as well as a full time college student! She was a competitive dancer for 9 years competing in every genre from lyrical to hip hop. She has taught recreational classes for the previous two years and launched a special needs class with a good friend. 

Harley Birdwell

Miss Harley is joining us this year to teach at our Oxford location! She teaches our level 1 ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary! Miss Harley danced for Andrea's Academy of Dance. 

Vanessa Dunn

Miss Vanessa has been teaching at Andrea’s Academy of Dance for 5 years. She has been coached by AAOD in many different styles including: ballet, hip-hop and many more. She has danced at Andrea’s for 14 years and danced on their competitive team for 8 years. She has been invited to Hollywood and Australia twice and done many photoshoots and workshops. She also received first place for a couple of her choreographed pieces.

Janet Ragan

Janet is the OG Dance mom and helps with our billing. 


Shannon Costa

Shannon is our billing manager for AAOD. She has all the answers when it comes to everything billing related. She works at Herr’s full time. If you ever have questions about billing, please reach out to her at