New business seeks upbeat groove in borough

Part club. Part studio. All fun.

Gathered for the ribbon-cutting at Club Studio Arts are Mary Hutchins, executive director of Historic Kennett Square; David

Gathered for the ribbon-cutting are Mary Hutchins (from left) and David Myers from Historic Kennett Square; Donna Troise, Dara Troise, and Ruben Delgado from Club Studio Arts; and Kennett Square Borough Manager Joseph Scalise.

That’s the mantra of Kennett Square’s newest business, which hopes to add up-tempo entertainment to the downtown area.

Local officials gathered on Friday, Jan. 15, for a ribbon-cutting to welcome Club Studio Arts to the 100 block of East State Street. Minutes later, Ruben Delgado, one of the principals in the family enterprise, energetically led a Zumba class.

As colored lights pulsed and music energized the participants, Delgado orchestrated gyrations in synch to the beat. “I could do this all day,” he said, barely breaking a sweat.

Among the spectators was Donna Troise, whose oldest daughter Bree is married to Delgado, who graduated from Montclair State University in New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in dance. Troise said Delgado, who also studied at the legendary Alvin Ailey School and has worked with members of the renowned Pilobolus troupe, has a talent for making his enthusiasm contagious.

“People have so much fun they don’t realize they’re getting great exercise,” she said.

Club Studio Arts, Kennett Square's newest business, is located at 112 E. State St.

Club Studio Arts, Kennett Square's newest business, is located at 112 E. State St.

Such excitement about dance pervades the family and prompted the business, she said. Bree Delgado is a professional dancer who works as a choreographer for Norwegian Cruise Lines. And while she plans to continue that career, she said she would be helping out whenever she wasn’t traveling. Troise’s youngest daughter Dara, who will serve as programs director, described herself as a diehard dance lover.

“I’m definitely not a professional,” she said. “In fact, I’m proof that even if you have two left feet, you can still learn and have fun.”

Donna Troise said the family signed the lease in November and started offering preview classes the beginning of January. She said the studio plans to cater to adults of all ages and abilities with classes, socials and private events.

Several levels of membership will enable patrons to enjoy classes and discounted rates for special events without a long-term commitment. For those who tend to be more spontaneous, drop-in rates are also available. Three-month packages range from $99 per person for 10 classes to $299 for unlimited classes.

The January calendar includes classes for Zumba, rhumba, cha-cha, salsa and burlesque. February’s schedule adds hip-hop and aerobic jazz. For more information, visit

Mary Hutchins, who heads Historic Kennett Square, said she was delighted with the borough’s new addition. “It’s something different for us,” she said. “It’s also going to attract a crowd in the evening, which will make the street more vibrant.”

Donna Troise said Club Studio Arts was eager to become part of the downtown scene. “We’re going to work hard to be an asset,” she said.





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