Center for Dance Education


CDE’s faculty is comprised of professionally trained, highly educated & experienced dancers & teachers. Our instruction provides correct, safe, highly technical teachings with a caring & compassionate touch.


CDE training provides the preparation for students to pursue a professional career in dance & performance, to attend college as a dance major/minor/dance team member, or to have in your life as recreation or a treasured hobby.




Evy ZavolasEvy Zavolas

Co-owner & artistic director of CDE


Earned her Master’s in Dance/Dance Education NYU. BA in Psychology, Minor in Dance, Rutgers College. Studied dance at SUNY Purchase & University of So. Florida. Early studies – Walcoff-McCusker, New Jersey Dance Theater Guild, NJ Ballet, Steps, David Howard Studio, Princeton Ballet, Atlanta School of Ballet, The  Martha

Christina Zavolas-Manousos

Co-owner & artistic director of CDE


Earned her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. Early studies were at Early studies were at Walcoff-McCusker, New Jersey Dance Theater Guild, Princeton Ballet, Atlanta School of Ballet & Broadway Dance Center. Performed with the Montclair State

Graham School. Certified & Registered 500 Hr. Svaroopa Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist. Certified Wise Earth Ayurvedic Consultant. Pilates Instructor. Performed with numerous regional ballet/musical theater companies, MTV Productions/Club MTV International, Plays in the Park, NJ NETS Dancer, & recording artist tour dancer. Past Union County College & NJB Summer Faculty Member. Evy currently devotes her time to teaching & directing CDE.

University Musical Theater company & taught dance to non-majors. Regular featured dancer on CLU MTV from 1987-1992. Toured with Black Box, Projecto Uno & numerous musical recording artists including The Cover Girls, TKA, & more. Choreographed dancers performing with musical artists. Specializes in dance for young children. Christina currently devotes her time to teaching & directing CDE.



Natalie Lugo


BFA Dance Montclair State University – Natalie is a professional dancer, teacher & choreographer in numerous styles of dance. She is currently performing and teaching throughout the tri-state area and LA. Natalie is also pursuing a future career in Sports Medicine for dancers.

Amanda Papa

Amanda Papa is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator with more than 20 years experience.  Amanda received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Montclair State University. She is currently on tour as a Judge and Master Teacher for Groove, Beyond the Stars, Breakout and DECA dance competitions. Amanda has expanded her love for dance into the Ballroom world, where she is currently training as a competitor in Smooth Ballroom Dance.

Brianna Randall


Earned her BA in English & Dance from Kean Univeristy. Pursuing MFA in Dance at Montclair State University. Graduated from Union County Academy for Performing Arts. She has taught various dance forms including Liturgical, Zumba, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Brianna has also been a teaching assistant in Elizabeth High Schools for dance. In 2013, & founded the New Jersey Evolution Dance Company, a contemporary hip-hop performing company.

Jennifer Innis


Jennifer Innis is a dance instructor & choreographer with 28 years experience. Earned her BFA from Syracuse University. Trained extensively Steps and Broadway Dance Center, & at the NJ School of Ballet. Early ballet training was in the Russian Vaganova Style, but has also studied Balanchine and Checcetti traditions. Professional credits include: soloist – Syracuse Opera Ballet; member &later director of the

Dance Works Company of Upstate New York; performer & dance captain of Theatre 90 Musical Theatre Company; & principal dancer – State Theatre of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Innis has proudly taught dance at many centers & has created numerous choreographic works, restaged classical ballet productions, and has trained exceptional students who have gone on to professional dance careers.

Kimberly Billich


Kim is currently attending Kean University, and has been teaching in our Youth Program for 10 years. Kim holds her certificate in teaching children’s dance from Dance Educators of America. She is the Assistant Director of her church’s Dance Ministry & performs/choreographs Liturgical Dance. Kim performed with Great Adventure, & taught children’s dance at numerous studios before joining our faculty.

Jen Silver


Jen Silver, Ed.M., B.F.A., received her Master's Degree in Dance Education/PK-12 Dance Teacher Certification (NJ CEAS) from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to this, Jen graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.  Jen has danced with Spark Movement Collective,

Kim’s kindness & compassion along with her knowledge & experience of teaching dance to children make her an exceptional & loved teacher by her young students.

 Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Kaley Pruitt Dance, Humanistics Dance Company, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3) and has taught in a variety of settings, including studios, public schools, and community dance programs.

Eliana Wenick


Eliana earned her BFA in Dance from Fordham University Alvin Aliey School of the arts. She teaches all ages and levels and has performed professionally. We are thrilled to have her join is this year!

Guest Teachers & Choreographers


Rosemary Sabovick Bleich


– Former principal dancer with the New Jersey Ballet Company for over 20 years. Rosemary currently teaches and coaches at NJB as well as guest teaching at CDE and other venues.

Katelyn Gaffney


CDE’s prodigy is now one of the exclusive 12 “Full Time” Radio City NYC Rockettes & has joined our faculty. She studied all form of dance at CDE since age 3 when CDE first opened, & also studied at Sommerset County Vo Tech High School & NYC schools. She performed as “Clara” in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at age 11, as well as numerous other stage performances, commercials, and modeling jobs. Katelyn is also an instructor at Pure Barre when she isn’t performing.

Carlos Garland


Carlos was a Top 20 Dancer on Season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance”. He is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and is teaching, performing and choreographing professionally. CDE is thrilled to have Carlos as a regular guest teacher and choreographer. He is currently starring in the Off-Broadway show “iLuminate”.

Lisa Peluso


BFA Dance Montclair State University – Lisa was a scholarship apprentice/understudy for Jennifer Muller/The Works for several years and has additionally performed with Flexicurve, project: Smith and KDNY. She currently dances and tours with Elisa Monte Dance. She has been on faculty at Montclair State, College of St. Elizabeth, County College of Morris, and Union County College and is pursuing her masters in Dance Education at Rutgers.

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