Our Staff

Our Artistic Director

Susan McCutcheon Coutts

Studio Director/Artistic Director/Coordinator

BA in Dance and Movement Therapy from University of Maryland, Post-Graduate Certification as Dance Therapist from U of MD; Pennsylvania Ballet Co. Choreography awards throughout the east coast; DEA “Teacher of the Year for Ballet Excellence”. Choreographer for Dance Innovations Performance Company past 18 years as guest performers for 2 shows annually at Walt Disney World, Orlando through Magic Music Days & Disney’s Performing Arts Program. Extensive performing experience for both Sea World/Orlando, and Universal Studios. Outstanding Performer’s (Choreographer) of The Year Award from Sea World, Orlando. NJPAC selected Susan for Sponsorship of a Youth Performing Company for a repeat engagement with 6 Performances in May 2005 for “Dance Jam”. Chosen to choreograph a piece for Millennium Film “Morris 2000” aired on both NJ Network and Nationally. Dance representative for the Arts Council of the Morris Area Scholarship Committee. New Jersey Dance Chairman for the National Society of Arts and Letters. Arts Council of the Morris Area recipient of the 2001 Joyce Talbot Outstanding Arts Educator Award. National recognition on outstanding teaching methods Dance Teacher Magazine 2004. Director of Arts In Education performances for the Morris Arts Council . Choreographer for the Independent Children’s Production of “Dobdinob” which premiered in March 2005. Chosen as the Overall Best Choreographer by Cathy Roe Productions, and commissioned by Cathy Roe to oversee and star in a teaching video for distribution in both the USA and Europe 2008. Choreography for the Performing Arts Educational Invitational at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium 2014 & 2015 and Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall in 2015 .2008 Curtain Call choreographer award. In fall 2012; “Dance Studio Life Magazine” featured an article highlighting Susan’s passion & success in mainstreaming special needs children into the regular dance class curriculum. Advisor for the Dance Innovations chapter of National Society Honor Society of Dance Arts. Susan is a highly respected Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Dance New Jersey. Selected as guest choreographer for STEPS on Broadway Performance LAB series. Susan was recently awarded 2014 Dance studio Life magazine “ Generous Heart” for her important work in welcoming, supporting and educating specials need students.

Meet Our Dance Instructors

Galo Andres

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

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

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 5of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Performed with Corps de Ballet in the Croatia National Theater.

Tislarm Bouie

Tislarm Bouie

Guest Artist

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

Victoria Cattano

Musical Theater Vocal Instructor/Performing group teacher

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 manager for "Shrek-the Musical" , "You Can’t Take That Away" and "Harvey"

Lauren Connolly

Modern Rep Instructor

BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts- Rutgers University with academic honors. Florence S. Domeshek award creativity in dance. Artistic director of Connolly & Company, residency of collaborative arts at Lustig Dance Theatre. Chosen as one of Four emerging choreographers to participate in Jersey Moves! 2015.

Abigail Dearman Scales

Instructor/performing group teacher

BS in education ( Summa Cum Laude) with a minor in Dance, Bucknell University. NJ Teacher certification early childhood, elementary, and dance education. Recipient of the 2010 Walter H. Sauvain prize,. A prize awarded to the education major that shows the greatest achievement and promise for professional growth and service. Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate/ Dance Innovations Performance Foundation Dancer.

Erin Dowd

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts). Participated in workshops with Merce Cunningham Trust.

Rebecca Elias


BA in dance from Connecticut College. Performed for David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Alexandra Beller, Nicholas Leichter, and Andy LeBeau. Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate.

Linda Frasciello

Instructor/Performimg Group Teacher/Office manager/Boutique personel

BA in dance from Stockton University; Performed and choreographed for CCM Dance Theatre group and
Stockton Dance company.

Erika Friedman


Dance Innovations Performance Company Graduate. Graduate of Drew University ( Magna Cum Laude). Performed with American Repertory Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Oriental Ballet Company, and Treeogroup

Lara Friedman

instructor/Performong group teacher

BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University. Apprentice for Carolyn Dorfman. Member of Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Manns Dance Project and founding member of Depp Vision Dance Company, Baltimore, MD.

Alyssa Fulmer

Instructor/Performing group teacher

BA in Dance from Point Park University. Jazz and Contemporary Trainee at Joffrey Ballet. Performed with Alyson Lowry Dance Co,. Beings Dance Company, and Leon Dance Company

Marion Knorr


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. Studied at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC.

Julianne McGee

Modern Rep. Instructor

Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate. Graduate of Vanderbilt University. Internship at Broadway Dance Center, NYC. Studied at The Edge and Debbie Reynolds in LA. Choreography award from Broadway Dance Center.

Brooke Naylor


BFA Fordham University/Ailey School ( Magna Cum Laude). Studied at Contemporary School at Jacob’s Pillow. Member of Steps Repertory and Pearson Dance Company

Nik Palivioda

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

Attending Montclair State University. Choreographer for Artistic Vision Dance Company. Recently Performed with Main Street Theater company in “Saturday Night Fever”. Other credits include:”Thoroughly Modern Mille”, “Suessical”,and “42nd Street”.

Kelly Popvic

Instructor/Performong group teacher

Early childhood education major at Union County College. Certified Zumba and Zin member

Pamela H. Sandler

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher. Office/Boutique Personnel

BA and Bachelors in Administrations from Bernard Baruch College in NYC. Over 20 plus years experience in theater. Has taught, performed, choreographed and directed numerous shows throughout the east coast

Sara Rodriquez

Instructor/ Modern Rep.

BFA University of Utah , Department of Ballet ( Magna Cum Laude) Former member of Utah Ballet Company. Member of Janice Rosario Company

Corinne Tighe

Instructor/Performing group teacher

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

Jennifer Tondo

Jennifer Tondo

Instructor/Performing group teacher/ office/Boutique personnel

BA in dance from Allentown College of Francis de Sales, Center Valley, PA. Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Sole recipient graduate award in dance

Heather Williams

Heather Williams

Instructor/Performing group teacher

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

Meet Our Office Staff

Pat Foote

Office/Boutique personnel

Dance Innovations since 2003

Loretta Gassert

Office/Boutique personnel

BA in psychology. Former nursery school teacher. Retail and management experience

Nicole Pietrontone

Boutique manager/office personeel

Graduate of Make Up Desinory, Soho, NYC. Professional Make up artist and model