She was born in Roanoke, Virginia. She received most of her early training from Pedro Szalay at the Southwest Virginia Ballet, where she gained pre-professional experience performing full length ballets and new works in soloist and supporting roles. While at Southwest Virginia Ballet she participated in the New Prague Dance Festival in 2015. After graduating high school early, Ms. Parnell continued her training for a year at Gelsey Kirkland’s Academy of Classical Ballet followed by another year at SLK Ballet in New York City, under the tutelage of Sara Knight. She had the opportunity to participate in an exchange with the Central School of Ballet in London through Sara Knight’s program. Additionally, Ms. Parnell has attended summer intensives at San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Joffrey - New York and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.