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.
  • Artistic Director/ Head Choreographer for Dance Innovations Performance Company
  • Proud Artistic director for mutilple shows throughout NJ & NYC including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Martha Graham Theatre, Salvatore Capezio Theater and Shakespeare Theater of NJ.
  • 23 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 Morris Arts Scholarship Committee serving Morris County. 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.
  • Morris On Stage 1st Place choreographer for collaboration with Ally Are.
  • 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 Studio 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.
  • Guest residency for ECLC of Chatham's Summer Program
  • DEA “Teacher of the Year for Ballet Excellence”.

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. Dance Innovations Perfortmance Company Graduate


Corinne Tighe

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

Radio City Rockette over 14 years. Performances include Tony Awards, Live. Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Kean Professor in department of dance and theater.


Courtney Myers

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA from Point Park University. Trained in Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabi, by Catriona Steel and Houston Ballet Academy. Performed aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Recent performances include Michael Susten Company, Moody Gardens and CITGO commercial. Certified teacher with Dance Masters of America.


Daniella Bustillos

Instructor

BA from Texas State University. Studied under the direction of Lolita Vilalta of Ballet Stiges (Barcelona, Spain) Joffrey Ballet ( NYC), Houston’s Ballet Forte, Point Park University, and Austin Classical Ballet. & Spellbound Contemporary Dance Company ( Italy). Former Ballet director of Austin School of Performing Arts.


Danielle Fusco

Instructor

Degree from Marymount Mahanttan College. Teaching certification from Martha Graham. Trained at Lugi Jazz Center,PUSH Physical Theatre. Toured nationally & internationally. Guest teacher for Martha Graham School. Pioult NY Dance, Peridance, as well as, internationally.


Deseria Sander

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

Graduated from Rowan University BA in Sciences & Performance Arts. Former NFL Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader. Founding Member of Atomik Legacy Dance. Founder of Diamond DanceWear.


Erin Dowd

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University (Summa Cum Laude). Merce Cunningham Trust- assistant stager, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, Roxey Ballet, Model For Kevin Richardson “ Dance as Art”. Dance Innovation Performance Company graduate.


Heather Williams

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance Pedagogy from the Hartt School/ University of Hartford. Performance Credits include Jacobs Pillow, Full Force Dance Theater, Connecticut Opera, Mojalet Dance Collective, National Society Arts and Letters Modern Dance recipient (Washington, DC). Teaching Credits: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Yale Performing Arts Camp, Hartford Ballet. Currently the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Art Access Program at Matheny.


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.


Julianne McGee

Instructor/Modern Rep.

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. Dance Innovations Performance Company Graduate.


Kayla Coutts

Modern Rep. Instructor

BA in Dance Performance from University of Maryland, College Park. Currently Doctorate student in Physical Therapy at Columbia University. Performed and choreographed for Dance Haven (Columbia University) and A.Tan Dance. Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate.


Lara Friedman Katz

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

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


Leanna Cotton

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. Work studies Steps on Broadway. Intern for Dance NJ. Guest choreographer and instructor throughout the North & Central Jersey area.


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

BA from Rutgers University.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.


Nicole Dante

Instructor

Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate. BA from Farleigh Dickenson University


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 Innovations Performance Company graduate.


Rio Browne

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance Performance from University of the Arts. Trained at Harlem School of the Arts, Institute of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem and Philadanco. Performed with Dance Spora Contemporary Ballet Company.


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.


Tislarm Bouie

Instructor; Guest Artist

BFA University of the Arts. Graduate of Performing Arts School, NYC with a partnership with Ailey Company. Former company member of Philadanco. Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company, Performed with Chinese recording artist Jo (China Tour) Appeared on TV; commercial with Macys’s 2014, World Cup, CHAMPS NBA playoffs. Choreographed for Coca-Cola Tour with Dance Def Jam Katruina.


Victoria Cattano

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher; Musical Theater Vocal

Attending Centenary College. Former member of Roxbury Orchestra classic sounds orchestra, melodies, and vocal jazz.