Teachers



Susan Coutts

Artistic Director

  • 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.
  • 24 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.
  • “Morris On Stage” 1st Place choreographer winner for a collaboration with Ally Are (poet).
  • 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 Envision 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”

Alexa Sfiris

Instructor/Adminstrative Assistant

BA in Dance from Point Park University. Performed for 6 years (7 contracts) with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as professional dancer, aerialist, and dance captain. A certified NASM personal trainer. Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate.


Audra Hofacker

Modern Rep. Instructor

BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. Performed with Danceworks. Guest artist series at City Center Studios, Brooklyn Arts Festival, Graham Deconstructed, Martha Graham Studio. Resident assistant at the Ailey School and Peridance Capezio Studio.


Debi Klein

Instructor

Formerly owner of Debi’s Dance for 40 years in Rockland County, N.Y. Studied Tap with Mark Albrecht and tapped in his company and Jason Samuels and Savion Glover. Has taught all performing arts and tap is her passion!


Diane Bellas

Instructor

Classically trained ballet and pointe teacher with over 30 years of experience instructing students of all ages - Dance Davidson. Jamie Masters School of Dance, North Shore School of Dance. Principal Dancer for the Dance Theatre of Long Island and The Orlando Ballet. Owner/Director/Choreographer of The Contemporary Ballet Company. Studied with André Eglevsky and received a BA in dance from Adelphi University.


Emma Pressman

Instructor

BFA from Montclair State University - Deans Scholar/Artist Award. Trained at Rioult Dance Company intensive, the Harid Conservatory (full scholarship), Texas Ballet Theater. Performed with Beth Soll & Company, Ballet Mink & Nicole Colbert Dance Theater, Midsummer’s Nights Dances, Kruttoden, Copenhagen, Denmark, J King Dance Company. Apprentice Connecticut Ballet. Adjunct instructor at Montclair State University.


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 Innovations Performance Company graduate.


Heather Williams

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

BFA in Dance Pedagogy from the Hartt School/ University of Hartford. Performance Credits: 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 Coviello

Instructor/Office/Boutique Personnel

BA in dance from Muhlenberg College. Doctor of Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. 2020 Faculty Award recipient and National Honor Society inductee for physical therapy. Graduate research assistant. Dancer, choreographer, and executive board member for InVivo Dance at Thomas Jefferson University. Former dance instructor and choreographer at Brundage Park Playhouse. Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate.


Jennifer Reed

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher

University of the Arts graduate. Has worked in the entertainment industry for over 17 years, as a dancer, choreographer, actor and instructor. Theater credits include: “Singin’ in the Rain,” “A Chorus Line,” “Grease,” and “Elf.” Also performed with Carnival Cruise Lines and on screen in commercial, television and film work.


Jennifer Tondo

Instructor/Performing Group Teacher/Office/Boutique Personnel

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

Modern Rep. Instructor

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. Dance Innovations Performance Company graduate.


Kayla Coutts

Modern Rep. Instructor

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


Lara Friedman Kats

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.


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 Dance Innovations teacher for over 20 years.


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.


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

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


Tyler Mulenkamp

Modern Rep. Instructor

Dancer for Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Credits include: a “Newsie” in the Walt Disney Christmas Parade dancing on ABC, Metropolis Productions, and Equity lead of the Castle Stage Show, Dream along with Mickey, and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. Other credits include "The Cleaner" on A&E, "90212” on CBS, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines and Odyssey Dance Theatre.