Artistic Staff

Rachael Palermo

Rachael Palermo

Artistic/School Director

Rachael is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Amherst, Ohio. As a performer and choreographer, she has enjoyed working with area dance companies, schools, and productions throughout Northeast Ohio.  As an educator, Rachael has taught in the Cleveland area private sector for over 20 years, and is in her third year of teaching in higher education.  She worked as a dance studio Owner/Director for 10 years, and is a current member of the National Dance Education Organization. Rachael holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Akron, where she performed with The University of Akron Dance Company. She went on to New York University for graduate studies, and received her M.A. in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and the Professions in 2013.  Additionally, Rachael holds her Statement of Eligibility for Alternative Resident Educator License in Dance from the Ohio Department of Education.
Jacquelynn Cunningham

Jacquelynn Cunningham

Children's Dance Coordinator

Jackie is currently BWR’s Children’s Dance Coordinator. She had her early studies of Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Jazz at BWR.  In 2006, Jackie was hired on to the BWR dance faculty as the tap and pre-hip hop instructor.  Dedicated to BWR, Jackie gradually added more classes and built a strong foundation to the young children’s dance program, tap, and jazz programs. Jackie received her Bachelors degree in dance and graduated Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University.  While in college, she choreographed and performed in many concert performances and had studied and worked with numerous well-renowned choreographers. Jackie has also been a dance instructor of Gigi’s Studio of Dance in New Castle, PA, creator and director of Creative Steps dance program at the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown, OH, guest summer instructor at Akiva Academy, Summer director for BWR’s summer dance intensives and dance camps, and Adjunct Dance Faculty for Youngstown State University.  She has guest instructed and judged auditions for local dance studios as well as Dance Masters of Ohio. Besides her love and passion for dance as an art form, Jackie’s other art passion is through her family’s florist and bakery business (Flowers ‘N All/Carol’s Cakery) where she specializes in cakes and wedding cakes.  Jackie is a proud mother to her beautiful daughter, Hazel Mae.

Emily Pasquale

Emily Pasquale

Ballet Mistress

Emily Pasquale is originally from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. She started her ballet training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of the Cincinnati Ballet. She received her BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University in 2009. At Butler, she was trained under professors Derek Reid, Marek Cholewa, Michelle Jarvis, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, and Cynthia Pratt. As a student she performed many roles in The Nutcracker including the Sugar Plum Fairy and also got the amazing opportunity to perform as a soloist in Balanchine’s Serenade. Since then, she has performed with the Louisville Ballet as a trainee in their 2009-2010 season.  She then danced with MamLuft & CO Dance, a Cincinnati based Modern company, as a company and soloist dancer for four years.  Past performances with these two groups ranged from The Nutcracker and Don Quixote to premiere modern work by choreographer Jeanne Mam-Luft. In the last few years Emily has played several roles at the Youngstown Playhouse including Kristine in A Chorus Line, Essie in You Can’t Take It WithYou, Jennyanydots in Cats and Cecily Pidgeon in The Odd Couple.

Lee Beitzel

Lee Beitzel

Dance Instructor

Lee is from Dover, Ohio and brings a diverse teaching background to BWR. Prior to earning a B.A. in Dance Management from Youngstown State University, Lee received dance training at the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center in Dover. She has danced with the Por2Jay Hip Hop Crew in Cleveland and taught at the All Ohio Dance Festival, Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center, Volney Discovery School, and both Mooney and Chaney High Schools.
Dylan Kollat

Dylan Kollat

Accompanist and Percussionist

Dylan Kollat holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. Currently he plays as an accompanist for Ballet Western Reserve and YSU’s Department of Theater and Dance, instructs and writes as the Drumline Coordinator for the YSU Marching Pride, is a percussion teacher for Canfield Local Schools, maintains a percussion lesson studio, and performs for singer/songwriter JD Eicher. Through freelance work in the Northeast Ohio area, Dylan holds symphonic credits with the W.D. Packard Concert Band and with the Youngstown Scoring Stage. Dylan can be heard playing marimba on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s recording of the commissioned work “Forms of Things Unknown.” In addition, he can be heard on JD Eicher’s studio releases “Into Place,” “The Middle Distance,” and on Eicher’s EP soundtrack for Nicholas Sparks’ upcoming novel, “Two By Two.” With Eicher’s band, Dylan has opened for national acts Maroon V, Train, Matt Nathanson, The Fray, Sister Hazel and Hellogoodbye, and was heard on a 2013 national advertisement for Olive Garden. Dylan is also a proud alumnus of the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Columbus, Ohio and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. Hailing from Youngstown, Dylan enjoys reading, running, gaming, and annoying his cat, Jinxy.

William MacNeil

William MacNeil

Dance Instructor

William MacNeil is a teacher of ballet and modern. He began his training with Ballet Austin at the age of ten under the direction of Stephan Mills. In high school, William studied under the direction of Mark Borchelt at Interlochen Arts Academy. In college, William went on to pursue his training at Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter, graduating in 2013 with his BFA in Dance Performance. He has performed as a guest artist with Mercyhurst Ballet Theater, West Virginia Ballet, Ballet Austin, Charleston Ballet, Trisha Sloan Dance Center, and Dance De Bello. In 2013, he joined Ballet Fleming, and has performed in numerous productions including; Janis and Joe, Café Music, Long Train Running, Snow White and Phantom. William completed advanced teacher training in ballet technique at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in August 2016.

Danielle Perrotta

Danielle Perrotta

Dance Instructor

Danielle Perrotta graduated Magna Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. While at SRU, Danielle performed and choreographed for many of the dance department’s concerts and shows including Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre. She also worked with various guest artists and had the opportunity to perform in “Sharing the Legacy,” a historical dance event held in New York City. She trained at the American College Dance Festivals held at SRU and at the University at Buffalo. Upon acceptance into SRU, Danielle received the only Freshman Dance Scholarship given that fall, and prior to graduation, she received the “Outstanding Dance Major” award. For the past nine years, she has been teaching at the Ludovici Dance Academy in New Castle, Pennsylvania. At Ludovici, Danielle instructs pre-school children through adults in all levels of all genres of dance. She also spent seven years on the faculty of Arts/Excel, a performing arts program for middle school children in Warren, Ohio. Her other teaching experience includes the Janet Hays and Company Dance Studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as several summer arts programs throughout northeast Ohio. Danielle is always updating her training, as she travels throughout the year to various dance workshops and competitions in Pittsburgh, Ohio and New York. Over the years, her pieces have been recognized with choreography and top score awards, including Critic’s Choice and Federation of Dance awards. Danielle has also served as a judge for the Omega Dance Challenge. Her greatest accomplishment and blessing though, is her two-year-old son, Tino Gianni. Danielle is so thrilled and honored to now be teaching and sharing her love of dance at Ballet Western Reserve.

218 West Boardman Street
P. O. Box 1684
Youngstown, OH 44501
330-744-1934

218 West Boardman Street
P. O. Box 1684
Youngstown, OH 44501
330-744-1934