About Us

Dance Innovations is celebrating over 37 years of dance, excellence in the arts, and innovative training. Dance Innovations prides itself in providing service to the community under the artistic direction of Susan McCutcheon Coutts.

The studio offers a variety of dance disciplines and levels, with over 70 classes to choose from for the preschool through adult age groups. The school offers classes from beginner through advanced levels including: Classical and Contemporary Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Lyrical Dance.

Performing groups at Dance Innovations provide excellent opportunity for the students to experience the process of audition, rehearsal, and the reward of performance.

  • Advanced dancers have had the opportunity to perform at Disney Imagination Campus, Universal Studios, Give Kids the World Village, aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and at Performing Arts Educators Invitational Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Performances.
  • All performing groups have show opportunities at retirement facilities, benefit walks for organizations supporting local and regional causes, and hospital centers such as Matheny Medical & Educational Center, Lyons Veteran Hospital in Basking Ridge, and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.
  • Dance Innovations also has performances throughout the year such as the annual Nutcracker and at venues such as the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and KnJ Theater at Peridance in New York, NY to fundraise for the Dance Innovations Performance Foundation. Please see the DIPF tab for more information on the causes this organization supports.

Dance Innovations prides itself in the art and science of dance therapy, welcoming individuals of all abilities. This goal is reached by mainstreaming students with special needs into the regular class curriculum. Dance Studio Life Magazine featured an article highlighting Susan and Dance Innovations for their passion in mainstreaming special needs students. In September 2014, Envision Dance Exchange was formed. EDE is a performance group created to perform, educate and support dancers with all abilities through integrated dance.