Web KBA Master Ballet Class Older Group PhotoKeystone Ballet Academy recently held a master class led by renowned Russian teacher, Valery Lantratov, at its studio within the CAN BE Innovation Center.

During his career, Valery Lantratov danced in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya, and Ekaterina Maximova. Lantratov was a principal dancer with the Moscowsky and Kremlin ballets and a guest artist with the Bolshoi. Famous ballet star, Rudolf Nureyev, personally selected him to be one of six lead dancers in his 1991 farewell tour. Lantratov also holds a teaching certificate from the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and was awarded the title of People's Artist of Russia, Russia's highest artistic honor.

Lantratov now spends time visiting studios nationwide to give master classes that combine strong technique, engaging personality, and a focus on reaching students of all levels. Keystone Ballet Academy was proud to be the only school he visited locally.

Emily Finer, owner and artistic director of Keystone Ballet Academy, expressed gratitude for finally being able to bring back guest teachers after COVID put them on hold. Based on her own experience, having a variety of instructors is beneficial when learning ballet techniques and should be experienced by all students.

Web KBA Master Ballet Class Younger Group Photo“It’s good for kids to get a different perspective. Growing up in New York, I had many teachers who all taught me something a little different and that really helps someone develop as a dancer. I’m proud to be able to offer that to area students; knowing how important it is to their dance education,”. Emily’s goal is to give her students a true training experience and bringing master teachers to Keystone Ballet Academy takes this vision to a whole new level.

Looking towards the future, Emily hopes to hold master classes more often, with the goal of bringing guest teachers of different genres to the studio at least once a month. In addition to her dream of wanting to open a standalone studio, Emily hopes to continue bringing teachers from all over to the Greater Hazleton Area, allowing aspiring dancers across the region access to a level of training that is usually only found in large urban centers such as New York City.

Keystone Ballet Academy offers classes in classical ballet based on the Vaganova technique, tap, and jazz for all ages, including children ages four and up, teens, and adults. Fall dance classes at Keystone Ballet Academy are scheduled to begin after the ‘Labor Day’ holiday.

For more information, including the fall schedule and upcoming events, go to Keystone Dance Academy’s website kba.dance, or find them on Facebook.

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