Talk of the Town Dance Studio, located at 528 Route 33, has been established since 1969. Miss Kim Antinoro and her mother, Miss Kay Knoblock, the studio owners (pictured), feel that they offer more than just dance technique. They also offer a family environment.
Make no mistake, dancing is the focal point, which is why Talk of the Town is now in its 47th season educating Hamilton’s youth and beyond. Talk of the Town was opened by Miss Kay when Kim was just 5, and the two are now partners.
“With everything that goes on nowadays with social media, I feel we need to create a fun and safe environment while teaching the art of dance,” Miss Kim said. “We’re family based and we run our studio that way.”
The close bond between mother and daughter taps its way into the fabric of the studio, as students and teachers share outings pertaining to dance as well as social events like ice cream socials and raising money for Autism.
The family connection to the studio does not end with Miss Kim and Miss Kay.
Talk of the Town’s summer camp features two one-week sessions from July 18 to 22 and August 1 to 5. The camp takes place at the studio, and is run by Kim’s daughter, Blasia, a 23-year-old dancer who recently returned from an internship in Disney World.
Unlike most summer camps, Talk of The Town takes a unique approach, in that the children are taught how to produce their own performances throughout the entire week, which culminates in a final production. Miss Blasia’s camp gives dancers the entire spectrum of creating a dance production. All campers ages 5 through 13 are welcome to be a part of this camp.
Camp is an excellent introduction to students who have never danced before as well as students with experience. All campers get the opportunity to touch upon all genres of dance. The genres instructed in both camps are Hip-hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theater.
Talk of The Town always encourages its students to interact with others and to take on community service. The older students serve as assistants to Miss Blasia during the camps, which gives them the experience of choreographing and implementing the skills they have been taught.
Talk of the Town Dance Studio also offers night classes in the summer on technique in all genres of dance. All levels from recreational to competitive are offered.
“In the end,” said Miss Kim, “I would like to think Talk of The Town is one big happy family and after 47 years we have created a great Dance program and we are ‘teachers who care.’”
For more information on Summer Camps and Summer Classes call 609-890-0086, e-mail Miss Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by!