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Carol Keyser

Ballet is a lifelong love for veteran teacher Carol Keyser who trained at San Francisco Ballet before moving to New York for High School and Boston for College.

She performed as first soloist in The Vergiu Cornea Dance Company, creating such roles as Solveg in “Pier Gynt,” The Dying Swan in “Carnival of the Animals.” She guest taught at Cornell University, The University of Maryland and opened her first studio “The Ballet Center” in Ithaca, New York.

Moving west, she established the Ballet Arts Guild Studios with twin studios in Sunnyside and Yakimma and created the Yakima Valley Regional Ballet. She worked as Ballet Mistress training local students to perform for the Eugene Ballet’s “Cinderella” and the Portland Ballet Theater’s “Nutcracker.”

After retirement from the Ballet Arts Guild, she helped begin the Yakima Academy of the Arts a free academy in a ghetto area offering art, music and dance classes.

After a move to Maui in 1991, she taught at The Maui Academy of Performing Arts and The Maui Ballet, creating several ballets for both companies.

Moving back to the mainland, she joined Joanne Brown Dancers in the summer of 1998 and is happy doing what she loves best – teaching children the joys of classical ballet.