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.


Nichole Perzel

Nichole Perzel works at the front desk here at Branches of Dance. She can answer all your questions about classes, give you a tour, or help set up your online account. She was a dancer for many years and is excited for her daughter Sofia to start her first year of dance classes. Nichole is also one of Ms. Ali's sisters.


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.


Elizabeth Lyle

Liz has been educating students in dance and choreographing for more then a decade. She currently teaches at studios around the Philadelphia area. During the summers Liz has taught dance as the head teacher at North Penn YMCA’s summer camp. Liz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Eastern University. She has performed in and choreographed for many of Eastern’s dance concerts; her pieces included A Part of My Soul, Unfaltering Drive!, Paresthesias, Beautiful Human and What Remains?. Liz had the opportunity to perform in pieces by Eastern University’s professors such as Stephen Welsh’s Under the Microscope in 2009 at the Community Education Center in Philadelphia, and Dr. Karen Clemente’s Return Again in 2007 at Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention. Liz has danced on the Redefined hip-hop dance team at Eastern, and has also attended the American College Dance Festival Association in 2009, 2010, and performed in 2011. Liz is a former company member and choreographer for the modern dance company MM2. Her piece for MM2, Post-Emergence, was performed at the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Philly Fringe Preview Show. Liz has had her choreography showcased at the Koresh Artist Showcase, InHale Performance Series, ETC Performance Series, Jam 4 Jess Benefit Dance Concert, SpringUP Dance Festival, Cabaret Nights with the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, and Artistry Unfolded. Liz has taught master classes around the Philadelphia area and at In Motion Dance Company, and Moravian College. She has judged for That's Entertainment Performing Arts Competition. Liz loves to instill a passion for dance in all of her students!

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.”