Branches of Dance

About Us

Every Child Deserves To Learn The Art Of Dance

Our Instructors

Ali Perzel-Peters - Owner & Director

Has been teaching in various styles of dance for over 15 years, and dancing for over 25 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.

Salem Borelli - Instructor & Events Coordinator

Salem loves to share her passion for dance at B.O.D. by working as a dance instructor. When she is not at the studio, she works full-time with Tuscano Agency as their Marketing Promotions Coordinator. And, when she isn't working, she likes to cook with her husband, take walks on Penn Avenue, and buy her black cat Mabel sweaters. Throughout Salem's 21 years of dancing, she has always enjoyed watching and encouraging others to grow as dancers and people. During the past eight years as a teacher, she has wanted to make sure her students feel important and know they are capable of anything they set their minds to. Furthering her education in dance, Salem takes courses focused on pointe shoe readiness. In addition, she takes dance classes. She graduated from Kutztown University and earned her B.F.A. in Communication Design with a concentration in Advertising Design. While in college, she choreographed and performed with Performing Dance Portmanteau, Kutztown University's Dance Company, from 2015 to 2019. She was a very active member of the executive board and became president in her senior year. In addition, she taught dance camps during the summers and was a part of the Reading Royals Ice Angels Dance Team from 2019 to 2020. She has dance training in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, and modern and is always eager to further develop her knowledge in all styles.

Amy Baranoski - Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor

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.

Maliya Bachman - Instructor & Social Media Coordinator

Maliya has been dancing for over 14 years. Maliya student taught under Ms. Ali for 4 years. She enjoys working with children and sharing her passion, which is dancing. Maliya is currently going to RACC. She hopes to continue and receive a degree in dance. Maliya has attended multiple dance competitions both regionally and nationally. She enjoyed performing in local community events, and The Nutcracker remixed. Recently, Maliya has choreographed Reading Area Community College's first ever all campus musical.

Cheyanne Leid - Instructor & Fine Arts Club Instructor

Miss Cheyanne graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Dance and Theatre, receiving the Elizabeth A. Carlson Memorial Award for Creative Leadership in Dance. She was honored to attend the American College Dance Association annual conference for three years as an extension of her choreographic and performance education. Cheyanne currently teaches dance, theatre, and yoga throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, and continues to further her training through the National Dance Educators Association, and the Yoga Alliance. She is a 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher with additional training in pranayama, and trauma informed practices. She certified as a Fine Arts Club teacher in 2023. Miss Cheyanne has choreographed Seussical Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr. at EPAC(2021,2022), and Oley Valley High School’s The Wizard of Oz (2023). In February 2023, she was a dance competition judge in Allentown, PA. Cheyanne’s experience also includes performing at The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, The Fulton Opera House, American Music Theatre, Muhlenberg College, and with Muhlenberg’s Summer Music Theatre professional company. She has worked in house and production management, arts administration, directing, special education, wellness, and STEM programming. Throughout her training and experience, her ultimate passion has been supporting students, asking them to work hard, be kind, ask questions, and know they are capable of amazing things.

Casey Carpenter - Instructor

Casey has been cheerleading since she was able to walk. It’s a passion of hers that she has found. Cheerleading teaches amazing life skills and friendships that last forever. Casey has coached middle school, high school, and competitive cheer. Her former competitive team reached 3rd in the nation at the D2 Summit. She was so excited to help people attain there goals with hard work and dedication. Casey hopes to instill passion and confidence through all choreography being taught while having fun along the way. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, doing yoga and furthering her education. You’ll find Casey at B.O.D. teaching our new cheer/acro, advanced level acro, and conditioning classes.

Amber Blatt - Instructor

Amber is a professional actress, singer and dancer. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. Amber has performed at numerous regional theatres, theme parks, cruise ships and national tours. She is the resident choreographer at The Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has Directed and Choreographed musicals and show choirs at Kutztown and Tulpehocken High Schools. Amber has been teaching and inspiring students for 25 years in the styles of tap, ballet, jazz and musical theatre. Amber believes that dance is a universal language for anyone to express themselves and is excited to be teaching at B.O.D.

Kristin Weidel - Customer Service Coordinator

Kristin graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2013. She worked in her field for a year until she had her daughter. Since then, Kristin has been a stay at home mom. Now that her children are getting older, they have discovered a love for dance, making Kristin into a dance mom. After joining Branches of Dance 2 years ago as a parent, Kristin is excited to join the Branches of Dance team as the customer service manager.

Richard Maldonado - Customer Service Coordinator

Richard Maldonado Jr Is an All Styles Hip Hop dancer. Richie started dancing around the age of 7 learning break dance foundations. By the age of 13 he continued to train wherever he could outside on the concrete, at family gatherings and at his local church in his hometown Bridgeport, Connecticut. By the age 14 the Maldonado family relocated to Reading, Pennsylvania where he continued to dance and join a street dance crew Called The Boogie Monsters; an all break'n and pop street dance group. By time Richie was a junior at Reading High School he took a leap of faith and auditioned for The Red Knights Dance Team and dance with them until he transferred to I-Lead charter school; graduating from there and became the choreographer for their Dance team. During this period in time Richie joined another street dance crew called Dramatic Influence where began to get more performances and intensive choreography training. Shortly after that he was offered an hip hop teaching position at Wanda Holdren’s Dance Academy. Richie then continued his education at Reading Area Community College and was the choreographer for The Racc dance team for some time and began to do more solo work where he was able to Dance for non profit community organizations such as The Rize program and Barrio Alegría performing and teaching till this day.

Branches of Dance

Core Values

Kindness- We treat others with compassion and respect. We lead from the heart and are empathetic and understanding towards others and actively seek out ways to help and support those around us. By promoting kindness, we create a more positive and supportive environment for everyone.

Inclusion- We Emphasize Diversity and inclusivity. This ensures that everyone feels welcomed and valued within our studio. By embracing inclusion, we can create a community where every dancer is a part of the B.O.D. family.

Community- We work together towards shared goals. This involves building strong friendships and connections with others while working together towards goals. By Fostering a strong sense of community, we can create a studio that enables us to achieve great things.

Growth- We acknowledge this is essential for each dancer's development. We Consistently Learn And Improve, and seek out new opportunities and challenges that push us outside of our comfort zones. By welcoming growth, we can achieve our full potential and become the best possible versions of ourselves.

Achievement- We Recognize The importance of setting and achieving goals. This Involves working hard and persevering through challenges to accomplish our objectives and to reach our full potential. By supporting achievement, we can inspire ourselves and others to strive for excellence and achieve great things.

Ali Perzel-Peters

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.”