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.

Molly Bierce

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)

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

Megan Campbell

Guest Artist

(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.

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.

Nicole Dante

Nicole Dante

Instructor

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

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

Instructor

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.

Teresa Garavente

instructor

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

Lara Friedman Kats

instructor/Performing 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.

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. 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.

Courtney Myers

Courtney Myers

Instructor

BFA from Point Park University.Studied under Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabi. Certified teacher with Dance Masters of America

Brooke Naylor

Brooke Naylor

instructor

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 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”.

Kelly Popvic

Instructor/Performong group teacher

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

Jillian Roche

Jillian Roche

Instructor/Musical Theater Performance 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.
Pamela H. Sandler- ((instructor/Performing group teacher/Office/ boutique personnel) 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.

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

Abigail Dearman scales

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 growth and service. Dance Innovations Performance Company Graduate. Dance Innovations Performance Foundation Dancer

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

Marisa Walker

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.

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

Nicole Acquaire

Nicole Acquaire

Office/Boutique personnel

ALA from GTCC. Background in Marketing and analytics

Pat Foote

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