After almost a decade as BWR’s Children’s Dance Coordinator, Jackie is now BWR’s Artistic Director. She had her early studies in 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.
Danielle Perrotta began teaching at BWR two years ago and is now School Director. Danielle 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 ten years, she taught at the Ludovici Dance Academy in New Castle, Pennsylvania. At Ludovici, Danielle instructed 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 has traveled 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 son, Tino Gianni. Danielle is thrilled and honored to now be teaching and sharing her love of dance at Ballet Western Reserve.
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.
Lily grew up and began her dance studies in Akron Ohio. Her focus is classical ballet, contemporary, and choreography. She has worked with many esteemed choreographers and artistic directors throughout her career such as Francis Patrelle, James Sewell, Michael Vernon, and Catherine Oppenheimer. She grew up under the direction of Nan Klinger with the former Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet (CVYB) and spent her later years with Christine Meneer at Ballet Theatre of Ohio, formally Children’s Ballet Theatre. She spent a semester at the University of Akron until moving her studies to the University of Jacksonville, Florida. She has had the pleasure of performing for over 18 years on the stage and now practices as an educator. She travels all over the state of Ohio to work with and educate dancers to further their careers in dance, as well as creating choreography.
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.
Michael A. Cotton was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio, and began dancing at New Bethel Baptist Church, where he is still a member, under the direction of Joann Lyons. An alumnus of Ballet Western Reserve and trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, and lyrical, Michael further studied with Katrina Simms, Tammy Brown, and Richard Lively. Michael also worked as an intern with Lindsay Renae Benton’s company, LRDC, and studied with Alvin Ailey instructor Freddie Moore at the Elm Olam summer intensive. Michael currently serves as the Dance Ministry President and Instructor at New Bethel Baptist Church and has performed in numerous northeastern Ohio productions including Pippin, Dreamgirls, In the Heights, The Wiz, A Raisin in the Sun, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Nutcracker. A former member of the Youngstown Connection, Michael is now involved with several local arts and faith-based organizations. One of Michael’s greatest achievements was being on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance” where he competed in the Top 20 in Las Vegas. Michael is excited to be back with his BWR family.
Miss Mandi Fetty is a 2013 graduate of Youngstown State University’s Dance Management. During her time at YSU she was a member of the Dance Ensemble under the direction of Christine Cobb. She also served as DE president for two years and worked with guest artists such as Michael Medcalf and Melinda Planey, was a recipient of the Kocinski Award, and choreographed many pieces for the annual dance show. Miss Mandi attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival as well. During her time at YSU, she studied kinesiology and injury prevention and developed a deeper understanding of dance as a tool for communication.Miss Mandi has taught in both private studio and public school settings. As a member of the Youngstown City School District’s Visual and Performing Arts faculty, Miss Mandi had the opportunity to share her love of dance with students in grades 7-12. Several of her student at Chaney also received college credit through YSU. She considers her greatest accomplishment at Chaney to be teaching her students to appreciate dance as an art, not just a form of entertainment. In the private studio setting, many of her pieces were successful at both regional and national competitions.Miss Mandi is also a busy mom of two budding ballerinas who love to move! As a member of the artistic staff at BWR, she is looking forward to new opportunities to share her love of dance and meeting new students.
Mandy Hinkle completed her training at the internationally accredited Yogaworks Teacher Training Institute in Los Angeles, California in 2008. She has Ashtanga Yoga and Iyengar-based training. Mandy has completed in-depth study of asana, pranayama, yogic philosophy, Ayurveda and anatomy with teachers Joan Hyman (trained by Maty Ezraty and Pattabhi Jois,) James Brown and Amy LaFond. While in LA, Mandy taught Vinyasa Flow Yoga on the Malibu Pier and in Santa Monica. She also taught Yoga For Actors and Movement For Actors in Hollywood, and helped mount two donation-based yoga studios in the heart of Hollywood. In addition, Mandy was a professional theatre director, choreographer, print model, and actress. The LA Times called Mandy “a strong (theatrical) director with choreographic whimsy.” She has been teaching yoga and meditation for the past 7 years in the Youngstown area. It has been an honor to take this practice back to her hometown.
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.
Originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Savannah started dancing at the age of five. She is passionate about performing and specializes in contemporary/modern dance. Savannah gained most of her dance training at Rostraver Dance Academy and Center for the Arts. Here she has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. In 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Dance Management at Youngstown State University. Here she had the opportunity to be a member of the YSU Dance Ensemble where she performed and choreographed for four years. Savannah has the experience in being a dance school administrator, as well as a dance educator for dance studios and school systems.
Elaine Martinez was born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. She received her training from the Vocational School of Art in Matanzas, Cuba, and the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba, where she thrived as a student while also earning the respect of classmates and professors with her perseverance, work ethic, and talent. She danced a year in the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso, where she had the opportunity to share the stage with great figures of the international ballet world such as Maximiliano Guerra, Julio Boca, Natalia Osipova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Tamara Rojo, and Carlos Acosta, to name a few. In 2007, Elaine made the life-changing decision to leave the company, her family, and her country. She was able to continue with their professional careers when she joined the Columbia Classical Ballet, under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under the direction of Terrence Orr. She has been teaching full time in the Pittsburgh area for the last 4 years, as well as averaging approximately fourteen shows a year as guest artist with different ballet schools and companies throughout the United States. Elaine has developed a great passion for teaching Ballet, and embraces her memories both as a student and a professional dancer to bring excellent experiences for her students to every class. Her goal is to have every student remember her as someone who gave her all to help them become better dancers, and to fill their minds with great memories like the ones she has about her stellar Cuban professors.
Dagmar Stahl is currently working to obtain her Bachelors of Art in Dance Management from Youngstown State University. She serves on the board of the YSU Dance Ensemble and is a member of the Alpha Psi Omega ETA Phi chapter. Stahl received her early dance training here and Ballet Western Reserve and was a member of the company for several years. While pursuing her early dance training she also received certificates in Bartenieff Fundamentals. Alongside teaching at Ballet Western Reserve Stahl works as a dance educator and student worker for Student Motivated By The Arts, a non-profit community arts school located in downtown Youngstown.
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