Teachers



Susan Coutts

Studio Director; Artistic Coordinator

Susan’s philosophy and goal for Dance Innovations is simple...to have a facility where all ages and levels can come together to learn from the professional and educated staff and from one another. A place where under one roof, children and adults of all ages can develop their passion for dance, the Performing Arts student can flourish, the exceptionally challenged can find guidance and grace, and those that are talented, serious and dedicated can seek a professional level of training.

  • BA in Dance and Movement Therapy from University of Maryland; Post-Graduate Certification as Dance Therapist from University of Maryland; Pennsylvania Ballet Co.
  • DEA “Teacher of the Year for Ballet Excellence”.
  • Artistic Director/ Head Choreographer for Dance Innovations Performance Company 22 years running as guest performers for 2 shows annually for Disney’s Performing Arts Program.
  • Extensive performing experience for both Sea World/Orlando, and Universal Studios, Orlando.
  • Outstanding Performer’s (Choreographer) of the Year Award from Sea World, Orlando.
  • Dance Representative for the Arts Council of the Morris Area and NJ State Scholarship Committee. New Jersey Dance Chairman of the National Society of Arts and Letters. Arts Council of the Morris Area 2001 Joyce Talbot Outstanding Arts Educator Award.
  • Performances as part of Morris Arts Council “Arts in Education Assemblies Programs“ throughout NJ and NY 2003–ongoing.
  • Highly respected Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Dance New Jersey.
  • Selected Guest Choreographer for STEPS on Broadway Performance LAB series.
  • Choreography for Performing Arts Educational Annual Invitation for both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center 2012-2017.
  • National recognition on outstanding teaching methods Dance Teacher Magazine , and featured articles highlighting Susan’s passion and success in mainstreaming special needs children into curriculum in Dance Sudio Life Magazine.
  • Awarded Dance Studio Life Magazine “Generous Heart” for her continued work for the past 20 years welcoming, supporting, and educating special needs students into regular class curriculum.
  • Artistic Director of Envison Dance Exchange, an integrated creative movement company established to create, perform, educate, and support dancers with all abilities through physically integrated dance, collaborating along with dancers with and without disabilities in Contemporary Dance.

Abigail Dearman Scales

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BS in education (Summa Cum Laude) with a minor in Dance from Bucknell University. NJ Teacher’s certification in Early childhood, Elementary, and Dance Education. Recipient of the 2010 Walter H. Sauvain Prize, a prize awarded to the education major who shows the greatest achievement and promise for professional. Assistant to Susan Coutts in the Dance Innovations Performace Company.


Corinne Tighe

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

Radio City Rockette since 2003. Performances include Tony Awards, Live . Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 2006.


Erin Dowd

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography (Summa Cum Laude) from Rutgers University. Has performed with Merce Cunningham Trust, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, and Roxey Ballet Company. Assistant Stager with Merce Cunningham Trust. Model for Kevin Richardson's "Dance as Art" photography project. Dance Innvoations Performance Company Graduate.


Galo Andres

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

Hip Hop performer, choreographer, and master workshop instructor throughout the Tri-State area. Performances include World of Dance, Sybarite, Carnival, and the Pulse, to name a few.


Heather Williams

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA University of Hartford. Credits include People Ballet School (Berezinski, Russia) Jacobs Pillow Full Force Dance Theater, Mojalet Dance Collective, National Society Arts and Letters Modern Dance recipient (Washington, DC). Dance Facilitator for Art Access at Methany Medical Center.


Jennifer Tondo

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher; Office; Boutique

BA in dance from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Center Valley, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, PA; sole recipient of graduate award in dance, 1994. Seasoned Dance Innovations Teacher for over 20 years. Administrative Assistant for Dance Innovations Performance Company and Performing Groups.


Jillian Roche

Instructor/Musical Theater Teacher

Barnard College summer program (acting/screen writing) Chatham High School Theater past performances include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anyone Can Whistle, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.


Julianne McGee

Instructor/Modern Rep.

Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate. Graduate of Vanderbilt University. MBA from Wharton School of Business. Internship at Broadway Dance Center, NYC. Studied at The Edge and Debbie Reynolds in LA. Choreography award from Broadway Dance Center. Julianne led the Wharton Dance Studio, the largest club on campus with over 400 student performers.


Kelly Popovic

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher; Envision Dance Exchange

Early childhood education major at Union County College. Certified Zumba instructor, and Zin member. Proud member of Envision Dance Exchange and Assistant Teacher to Susan Coutts in that company.


Lara Friedman Katz

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance performance from Towson University. Company member of Carolyn Dorfman, Member of Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Manns Dance Project and Founding member of Deep Vision Dance Company.


Linda Frasciello

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher; Office; Boutique

BA in dance from Stockton State College; Performed and choreographed for CCM Dance Theatre group; Stockton Dance company. Seasoned Dance Innovations Teacher for over 20 Years.


Marion Knorr

Instructor

BA in Dance from University of Maryland. AS degree from County College of Morris. University of Maryland Dance Team, Performed and choreographed for CCM Dance Theatre group, Studied at Broadway Dance Center and steps studio in NYC. Seasoned Teacher at Dance Innovaations for over 20 years.


Marisa Walker

Instructor

Attending Rutgers University (BA/Master program) performed with New Jersey Ballet Company, American Dance Festival and Highland Theatre Company as featured dancer in various musical productions. Studied with the Bolshoi Ballet through Joffrey Ballet Intensive program.


Molly Bierce

Instructor

BA University of Massachusetts. Graduate of Academy of Visual Performing Arts at Morris County School of Technology. Member and dance captain University of Massachusetts’ Dance Team (top 5 nationally ranked, NDA Division 1 consecutive All American Dance Awards)


Megan Campbell

Instructor

BFA (graduated with honors) Oklahoma City University, Performances include: Norwegian Cruise Line Dancer “Legends in Concerts” and “Swing!” “Broadway Christmas Wonderland (The Orb Theatre, Tokyo), IIFA Awards at Met Life Stadium, Saturday Night Live (NBC), in the Films “The Tick” (Amazon), LBJ (HBO Network), and in Concert/Tour/Videos with Katrina Kaif – Bollywood performer.


Nicole Dante

Instructor

2013 graduate of Dance Innovations Company. Currently a senior at Farleigh Dickenson University pursuing a BA in criminolgy.


Nik Palivoda

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BA Montclair State University. AA in Dance Middlesex County College. Dancer with Artistic Vision Dance Company. Performed and directed with Main Street Theater company in “Saturday Night Fever”. Other credits include:” Babes In Toyland “,“Thoroughly Modern Mille”, “Seussical”, and “42nd Street”.


Pamela H. Sandler

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher; Office; Boutique

BA and Bachelors in Administration from Bernard Baruch College of NYC. Over 20 years experience in theater has taught, performed, choreographed, and directed numerous shows throughout the East Coast.


Rebecca Elias

Instructor

BA from Connecticut College. Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University. Performed for David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Alexandra Beller, Nicholas Leichter, and Andy LeBeau. Dance Innovation Performance Company graduate.


Tamara Babic

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

Master in Education from University of Zagreb, Croatia. Certified NYC Ballet workout, ABT certified teacher pre primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Performed with Corps de ballet in the Croatian National Theater.


Teresa Garavente

Instructor

Trained in all disciplines for 15 year. Dance Innovations Performance Company.


Tislarm Bouie

Instructor; Guest Artist

University of the Arts. Dancer/ Choreographer Chris Brown Super 18th Birthday. Def Jam Katruina Pasian Coca- Cola Tour. Company member of Philadanco.


Victoria Cattano

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher; Musical Theater Vocal

Attending County College of Morris. Former member of Roxbury Orchestra classic sounds orchestra, melodies, and vocal jazz. Roxbury high school ensemble member “Footloose” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Stage manger for “Shrek – the Musical” “You Can’t Take That Away”and “Harvey”.