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Few companies can boast of a 50 year history and fewer yet can proudly boast that they are still a family owned business down to the third generation. Talk of the Town Dance Studio is proud to announce the beginning of its 50th year of providing the area’s premier dance instruction.
Founder and co-owner Kay Knoblock smiles, “Stephen Sondheim must have written his song from Follies just for me, because I’m Still Here! We opened our studio for our 50th year on September 10th and I an so excited to get to know our newest students and welcome back all our returning stars.”
Knoblock, known as Miss Kay, operates this thriving studio in tandem with her daughter, Kim Antinoro. Her granddaughter Blasia Antinoro is one of the instructors as well and she is poised to take a management role should grandmother think of retiring. “What a thrill is it for me as a mother and a business owner to think that my personal dream of having one of the best dance studios in the region would be inherited by my daughter and granddaughter. They believe in my overriding passion to make dance a joy while maintaining exacting standards for students who want to excel professionally. This combination of passion and precision has resulted in our seeing our students dance on Broadway, for Disney, and for Barnum and Bailey.”
Director Miss Kay has done it all. She has performed professionally with area bands and orchestras, choreographed several private and public school plays in the area and was the coordinator of several area beauty pageants.
Miss Kay has studied with some of the best like Luigi in New York, Rodney Greene of Philadelphia and many others throughout New York and Philadelphia.
Miss Kim began dancing at 3 years old and continued her studies at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and New York City. She worked under the direction of Richard Loatmen at Notre Dame at the age of 19 where she created the accredited Notre Dame dance program which continues to this day. Miss Kim has continued with choreography for the Open Air Theatre, Stewart Day School, Mercer County College Summer Program and local schools in the Hamilton and Burlington Areas. She was a performer-dance captain at Six Flags and was awarded her equity card at the age of 16. She has opened the opportunities to her students with performances and classes at Sesame Place, Boscov’s Parade, Disney, Disney workshop and much more.
“We teach all aspects of dance at Talk of the Town, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, pointe, tap and hip-hop jazz and contemporary classes. We even offer Acro/Gymnastics which is a strength and conditioning class with the skills of gymnastics. This is perfect for cheerleaders who want to broaden their floor skills and the dancer who wants to become more flexible,” says Miss Kay.
Join the family at Talk of the Town Dance Studio and become part of a long, proud tradition of excellence in dance. Their motto says it all: We are teachers who care.
Talk of the Town Dance Studio is located at 528 Route in Hamilton. Phone: (609) 890-0086. Web: talkofthetowndancestudio.com.