Branches of Dance

About Us

Every Child Deserves To Learn The Art Of Dance

Our Instructors

Ali Perzel

Has been teaching in various styles of dance for 9 years. Teaching ages from 3 Adult. Ali has a passion for working with children and helping them find their talents, expressing their emotions, pushing them to work hard all in a loving environment. Ali has trained dancers who danced for fun as well as helping students continue into a career. She has helped them apply for colleges, performing art schools, auditions, and encouraged them all the way through there journeys. Ali has trained extensively in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop, & Partnering. She has studied with Master Class teachers in Dance, Acting, & Musical Theater. Ali was the recipient of a 2006 Scholarship award, to attend the National Master Class Workshop in all styles of dance. She has received numerous 1st place & platinum awards at competitions both regionally & national. She has been awarded a Choreography award at the 2012 Nex-Star Competition. Ali has been a guest performer for many events including performing Off Broadway in N.Y.C. with the Beginnings Workshop. She has been a judge and assisted in casting for professional dance teams/companies. She has trained dancers to perform on cruises, performances, and prepare them for competitions. Ali has also choreographed for Church Musicals, Christmas Productions & Harrisburg Heat Professional Dance Team, and more. Most importantly Ali continues her education every year by taking classes with top of the line choreographers and dancer to ensure she is bringing the most current dance instructor to her students .


Brittany Haag

From the time Brittany Haag was able to take dance classes at the age of three, she has taken the stage with every type of dance from pointe to hip-hop to Polynesian. Besides attending dance lessons for 14 years through high school, Brittany student taught at two studios at varies times for an accumulation of four years in hip-hop, lyrical and tap ages three to eight. Competitive dancing has also been her passion since she was twelve, successfully winning best over-all due/trio in the lyrical and tap self-choreography category at competition her senior year of high school. As a graduating senior from Delaware Valley University in May 2016, Brittany was a four-year member of the University Dance Team as Team Captain and lead choreographer for two years of a 28-student team of male and female dancers with varied levels of dance technique. To develop her skills on a higher level, Brittany has attended a professional ballet workshop and Monsters of Hip-Hop in New Jersey to gain a well-rounded knowledge of multiple types of dance. She has also competed in regional and statewide competitions and performed in Walt Disney World as part of their Dance the World event. Brittany has always had a strong passion for dance, no matter what her major was at school and enjoys teaching on any level of technique to all ages. Brittany is so excited to be teaching tap at Branches of Dance this year.


Kimberly

Kimberly has been dancing for the past sixteen years and has been a dance instructor for a few years. She teaches all ages from three to adult. When teaching, she is not only focused on the technique but also on the importance of having fun while dancing. Growing up, Kimberly's idol was Shirley Temple and that little girl never danced without a smile on her face. Seeing how happy and full of energy Shirley Temple was encouraged Kimberly to pursue tap, which is her passion. Besides tap, Kimberly also enjoys hip-hop and has performed other styles of dance such as jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, break dance, and ballet. Kimberly is full of enthusiasm for this dance year and cannot wait to share her passion of dance with her dance students.


Salem

Salem is excited to share her passion for dance at B.O.D. this year by working at our front desk and as a substitute dance instructor. Throughout her 18 years of dancing, she has always loved to watch and help others grow as dancers and people by encouraging and pushing everyone to do their best. She continues to grow as a dancer and person herself every day, by training with the Reading Royals Ice Angels for their 2019-2020 Hockey Season. Salem is also a recent graduate from Kutztown University and earned her B.F.A. in

Communication Design with a concentration in Advertising Design. While in school, she choreographed and performed with Performing Dance Portmanteau, Kutztown’s Dance Company from freshman to senior year in college. She was a very active member who was part of the executive board and became president of the company her senior year. She has dance training in lyrical, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and modern.


Amy Baranoski

Amy Baranoski graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Massage Therapy in 2008. She specializes in Myofascial Release & Orthopedic/Medical Massage. Amy has worked in a variety of Medical/Professional settings & is dedicated to bringing the best possible treatment to her clients. She has been working with Young Living Essential Oils since 2008 & Aromatherapy treatments can be added to any Massage. Amy has been practicing Yoga since 2007 & has been teaching Yoga since 2014. She holds a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate & is a member of the Yoga Alliance.


Jen DeBlase

I am a Zumba Fitness, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba, and STRONG by Zumba instructor. Zumba is my passion. It is my happy place, both teaching and participating. My hope is to share my passion with you while creating a safe and judgement free environment in which you can have fun and move to the music!


Athena Yoder

Athena has danced for over 11 years and has been here since Branches of Dance opened. Now she is working at the front desk and as a substitute teacher. Starting off with Hip-Hop Athena grew to love more styles such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical etc. Athena is also attending RACC this year. She's happy to have the opportunity to be on staff here and is excited to see what the future holds.


Maliya Bachman

Coming Soon...

Mission Statement

Like branches on a tree we all grow in different directions, but our roots remain the same. At Branches of Dance we are instructing children on more than just great dancing. We are teaching them how to grow confidence, friendships, and self-expression. Our staff is dedicated to nurturing and guiding every child through the steps of dance to becoming the best person, and performer they can be.

At Branches of Dance, we believe that every child deserves to learn the art of dance, from basic tumbling to professional modern dance. As such, our goal has always been to transform our combined decades of dance experience into a professional and safe Reading studio where your child will feel at home learning about all forms of dance.

Ali Perzel
Director

Our Students

From tots to teens and all points in between, our dancing students range in age from 3 to 18. Most are located directly in Reading but some even travel from nearby towns to experience the many advantages that our teachers bring to the table.

While we enjoy teaching kids of all ages both the basics and finer points of ballet, jazz, and acrobatics, our primary activities center on children between 3 and 7. By teaching proper techniques at an early age, we're able to build the all-important foundation from which all further dance learning will spring.

Why We Stand Out

There may be other dance studios in the greater Reading area, but Branches of Dance provides an excellent option for a number of reasons:

  • Experienced Teachers Involved with Off-Broadway productions, our teachers are not only experts at dance, but also at communicating their vast knowledge to children.
  • Top Level Studio Our location in Reading is built with your child in mind. From professional flooring, floor to ceiling mirrors, changing rooms for your convenience, a store to purchase your uniforms and all your needs for class, and more! Every inch of the studio has been planned to be everything a dancer would need to make this your studio dance home.
  • Absolute Professionalism: We build genuine connections with our dancers and many of our relationships have lasted for a decade or more.
  • Affordable Prices Contrary to popular belief, dance doesn't have to be expensive. Branches of Dance classes are priced to be affordable and easy on the wallet.

Our dance classes are designed to be accessible, beneficial, and, above all, fun for your child. Sign up with Branches of Dance and you'll quickly understand what we mean by, “Rooted in passion, growing our dreams.”