About Our Studio

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Our School

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

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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.

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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 the foundations and basics of ballet to children ages 3 - 8 to prepare 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 she started teaching beginning tap classes in the fall of 2020. Teaching has made her happy to share her lifelong love of dance.

Brittany Lopo, Kinder-Barre, Pre-Ballet

Tap Instructor