Kimberly Giusti

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Preschool, Combo Classes, Tap, Jazz

Kim put on her first pair of tap shoes at age 3 and by age 11 she was first runner up in the Petite Miss Dance of Connecticut competition with Dance Masters of America. By age 14, she won Junior Miss Dance of Connecticut, Dance Masters of America, and she represented Connecticut in the Junior Miss Dance of America competition in San Francisco, California.

In high school, she was selected to attend the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts studying Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, Dance and Music History and Art Appreciation.

Kim attended master classes at Broadway Dance Center and studied with Frank Hatchett, Juan Sanchez, Ginny East, Judy Rice, Roni Mahler, Richard Thomas, Luigi, Charles Kelley, and Gloria Jean Cuming to name a few.

In 1991, she began to try her hand at local scholarship pageants and was crowned Miss Mountain Laurel. She went on to compete in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program and was first runner up. She represented Connecticut in the Miss Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopston, Illnois.

In 1993, as a double preliminary talent and swimsuit winner, Kim earned the title of Miss Connecticut 1993 and represented Connecticut in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Appreciating all that the program has afforded her, Kim gives back by being a frequent judge at the local and state level.

As the founder, and former Executive Director and Owner of the Dancer’s Edge in East Lyme, Connecticut, Kim has produced and directed annual dance performances and implemented a regional and national award winning competitive dance company “Prime Design”. Her choreography has earned several “Judges Recognition” awards such as “Fabulous Feet Award”, “Creative Concept” and “Cleverly Executed Award”.

She was a member of the Professional Dance Teachers of America and is currently a member of the International Tap Association and Dance Educators of America. She has been a guest instructor at Luis Pabon Dance Theater and the Arts, Doreen’s Dance Center and Dance Express.

Kim resides in North Kingstown, Rhode Island with her husband and their four children and is very excited to be a part of the Talent Factory staff and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance.


The Talent Factory Reviews

Hi Dana,

I just wanted to tell you what a great experience I had observing this week!! 

Backing up a bit, when we were carefully selecting which studio we were moving to, Taylor participated in a camp week last summer (2012).   Even though you were in a temporary studio, the atmosphere was exactly what I hoped it would be.  Everyone was so friendly and truly passionate about dance. It was fun and serious at the same time. We were hooked. 


Last year she grew so much as a dancer thanks to the dedication of you and your staff. I felt like she was so far behind other dancers of her age when she started. Although she still has so much to learn, I am amazed at how far she has come. Not only has her skill improved but her love of dance is immeasurable. I can't thank you all enough, especially Miss Keryn, who has totally transformed my little girl. 


So, to my point, this is my first time ever observing classes. I can't tell you how much this week affirmed my choice to become a part of TFDC. The classes were very professional, organized and effective.  But what I knew in my heart, I finally saw with my own eyes. Every teacher was so passionate and really cares about every student.  Their energy and enthusiasm was so intense that I wanted to dance!! Lol. Miss Tara, Miss Keryn, Miss Kayla & yourself are truly special people. 

I'm so glad I finally took the time to sit in on classes and was able to feel the pure joy that she does for dance. What an amazing program and we are thrilled to be a part of it all. Thank you for all you do. 

Thank YOU. The hard work, talent and caring you and your staff put into everything you do is apparent and appreciated. Looking forward to next year's show! -June
Dana: Thank you for doing such a great job. You are really very gifted at your art. You push the kids to reach their best during the year and then are so supportive during the recital. You are complete grace under pressure. Enjoy some relaxation -Amy
THANK YOU for all your hard work in putting together yet ANOTHER fab recital. It's really so amazing to watch it all come together so "professionally"! -Cathy
The show was extremely professional and ran so smoothly it was amazing. I credit you and thank you for providing a wonderful experience for our family.
Thank you for all that you and your staff do! Talent factory is such a great place for to grow up and we feel so lucky. Thank you for all you offer our daughters.