About Our Studio

“Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a teacher who believed in them first.”

Emily Finer

Established in 2017, Keystone Ballet Academy was the dream of Emily Finer.  Emily Finer is a native of New York City. She fell in love with ballet at the age of seven. She is a 1980 graduate of the High School for Performing Arts. She started ballet training in Russian Vaganova technique with Vera Nemchinova.

As a student attending American Ballet Theatre from 1974 – 1980 she regularly took classes with Valentina Pereyaslavec, Michael Maule, Patricia Wilde, and Jurgen Schneider. Classes included daily technique, pointe, partnering, variations, and character dance.

Living in New York afforded the opportunity to study at many private studios with world famous teachers, such as Finis Jhung, David Howard, and Melissa Hayden. She also studied with Wilhelm Burmann, whose analytical and detailed way of teaching influenced her desire to teach.

Since 2017

While teaching ballet in the Hazleton area, in the summer of 2015, Emily attended the week-long teacher training session at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the syllabus presented and her own extensive background and knowledge, she decided to open her own ballet school, Keystone Ballet Academy. Now dance students within Greater Hazleton  and the surrounding areas can achieve  a solid foundation in classical ballet.  Miss Emily shares her knowledge and love of ballet with students of all ages by offering classes that are 100% technique. “I welcome students from any school to study ballet. Ballet will improve your dancing in every other dance and movement genre.”

Why Choose Us

Ballet is a beautiful performing art greatly appreciated by those who learn the technique. It is important for students to enjoy class and improve at a reasonable pace. It is for the students’ success and safety that they are placed in the proper class level. Students are placed according to age and ability. They are encouraged to challenge themselves in a nurturing environment that teaches them patience, persistence, and pride in their accomplishments. Each student’s progress is reviewed individually and is determined by their performance, age, and attendance. The school’s ballet training istaught from a progressive syllabus, which means that more complicated movements are not taught until the student can perform basic movements correctly and is developing the proper coordination and strength. It is our goal to give every student the best possible foundation in ballet training so they will to be able to achieve their future dance goals not only in ballet, but other dance genres as well.

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103 Rotary Drive

West Hazleton, PA





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