KENILWORTH, NJ – Continental Dance Club celebrated its relocation from Bloomfield to Kenilworth today by holding a ribbon cutting with Mayor Anthony DeLuca.

The Continental Dance Club was in business in Bloomfield for more than 50 years, and was located in Newark before that, according to owner Felicia Lee Banks. It is the oldest independently-owned, non-franchised dance studio in the state, Banks said.

“I know how to relate to all of my dancers,” Banks said. “Even the dancers who are new or are shy. I make monsters out of them on the dance floor.”

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The studio offers more than 20 different dances for customers to learn, including salsa, tango, swing, belly dancing, Zumba and private choreography for weddings and special events. Both group lessons and private lessons are available.

“We go above and beyond,” Banks said. “It’s the diversity of the studio that adds to our charm.”

In 1980, Banks previously worked in Kenilworth as an aerobics instructor. She is excited to return, calling it “a dream come true.”

The ribbon cutting was held at 12 noon, before Banks provided a tour of the studio, which includes two large dance spaces, a kitchen, a seating area and a rear exit. Continental Dance Club is located at 501 Boulevard, next door to Gian’s Hair Studio.

“Good luck on your new business,” DeLuca said to Banks. “Much fortune and welcome to Kenilworth.”

Banks added that anyone who calls or attends the studio and mentions this article will be given a complimentary dance lesson.

“We invite everyone to come visit the studio,” Banks said.