About Our Studio
Keystone Ballet Academy was established in 2017 by Emily Finer and is located in Northeast Pennsylvania, conveniently accessible off I-81 in the Greater Hazleton Area. It provides premier classical ballet lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Students ages 3-adult, beginner to advanced, recreational or pre-professional are taught ballet in a focused, positive, and nurturing environment.
Meet the Teachers
Owner & Artistic Director
Emily Finer, Ballet Teacher
Level A to Adult
Emily Finer became passionate about dance at the age of seven, attending a small dance studio in Brooklyn, New York. At age ten, she started serious ballet training in Russian Vaganova technique with Carol Purcell and later on became a student of Vera Nemchinova. She attended American Ballet Theatre school from 1974 – 1980, studying at first in the children’s division with Nanci Clements and continuing into advanced classes with Valentina Pereyaslavec, Michael Maule, Patricia Wilde, and Jurgen Schneider. Classes included daily technique, pointe, partnering, variations, and character dance. She graduated in 1980 as a dance major from the New York City High School for Performing Arts which is the school the movie Fame was based on.
As a native of New York City, she was afforded the opportunity to study at many private studios with world famous teachers, such as Finis Jhung, David Howard, and Melissa Hayden. Her most inspiring teacher was Wilhelm Burmann, whose analytical and detailed way of teaching influenced her desire to teach.
Studying Labanotation (a system for recording and analyzing human movement) at the Dance Notation Bureau as well as Anatomy and Physiology allows her to have a great understanding of how the body moves. Proper alignment is a priority in her teaching both to prevent injuries and to develop good technique.
Musicality and the artistry of ballet are important qualities emphasized in all her classes to help each individual student develop their own special way of expressing themselves through dance.
An interest in biology led her to obtain a B.S in Medical Laboratory Science obtained from Hunter College in 1992. She specialized in Microbiology and worked as a hospital laboratory microbiologist New York before moving to Hazleton in 2001.
She has been teaching Vaganova-based classical ballet technique in the Greater Hazleton Area utilizing a well-developed syllabus which was inspired by a 2015 summer teacher training session she attended at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet school in Carlisle, PA.
Proud to bring an authentic ballet training experience to the Greater Hazleton Area, she strives to inspire a lifelong love and appreciation for the art of ballet to her students.
Brittany Lopo is a native of Hazleton. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and works as a sales support coordinator. Her love of dance started at age 5 at Joan Sacco Dance Studio studying all forms of dance with Richard Todd and Debbie Calucci. She currently continues dance classes in tap at Diversity Dance and in ballet at Keystone Ballet Academy.
Following the established syllabus in ballet under Emily Finer and she specializes in teaching and reinforcing the foundations and basics of ballet to children ages 3 - 8 preparing them for beginning Level A1 ballet.
Young students are taught to follow directions, focus, and develop a love for dance with her kind and nurturing character. She creates an atmosphere that is fun but has expectations.
With her great love and passion for tap dancing students are able to take jazz-tap as an extra class with ballet.
This summer she became certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique, a body conditioning class designed for dancers to strengthen and prevent injuries.
Teaching has made her happy to share her lifelong love of dance.
Brittany Lopo, Kinder-Barre, Pre-Ballet
Tap ages 5 - adult
Certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor
Lucy Valente, Yoga
E-RYT 200 Certification
Lucy Valente began practicing yoga in 1997 after transitioning from Pilates and lifelong attendance in ballet classes. She received her Classical Yoga teacher training in 2010 from the YogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania under the direction of Robert Butera, PhD. She has
continued her yoga education attending workshops and classes at YogaLife Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the Yoga Vista Academy, and Glo with Jason Crandell.
She holds an E-RYT 200 and is certified in chair yoga and gentle yoga. She teaches beginner yoga, chair yoga, gentle yoga, vinyasa flow, vigorous yoga, and meditation. Lucy continues her yoga education by attending workshops, seminars, classes, and intensives.
Lucy holds an MEd in Education Administration from Temple University, an MS in Communication Disorders from Bloomsburg University, and a BS in Speech Pathology from West Chester University. She has over 40 years experience working with children in both public schools and independent rehabilitation settings.
Dance students will learn to use their breath in movement, focus on stability, flexibility, and the awareness of proper alignment to improve balance and posture in tandem with the benefits of stillness of mind. Lucy offers her knowledge of yoga to her classes with focus on
the mind/body connection through safe movement, proper alignment, breath with intention, balance, and body awareness. One of the main goals of her class is to have students apply yoga holistically by bringing their in-class experiences into their daily lives.