Faculty

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.

CDE Directors

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 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.

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 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.


CDE Faculty

Kimberly Alvarez

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

Joelle AndersonJoelle Anderson

Graduated from the Alvin Ailey School Professional Division in May 2015. Trained at the Union County Vo Tech Academy HS of the Performing Arts, the Joffrey ballet School, The NJ Performing Arts Center, & The NJ School of Ballet. She was awarded the NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education/Excellence in Dance in 2010, performed with the Ailey Student Performance Group, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Next Stage Project Co. & is currently teaching, choreographing & performing throughout tri state area in all forms of dance.

Devon FriederDevon Frieder

Earned her BFA from The Boston Conservatory, with a focus in Musical Theater. She has professionally taught, performed & choreographed with numerous theaters (Clear Space Theater Co., MTS Center for Theatre, W21 Theater Co., Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Santa Fe Repertory, Broadway Theater Project, & more) and schools throughout the USA. She has studied all forms of dance, acting & voice at Steps on Broadway, The Broadway Theater Project, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Summer, Univ of the Arts Summer, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Zia Gymnastics, & more.

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.

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.

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.

briannaBrianna 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.


Guest Teachers & Choreographers

SabovickRosemary 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.

Danielle-BowerDanielle Bower

Earned her BFA from the University of the Arts. Performs with Synthesis Dance & teaches/choreographs for Broadway Dance Center & The Rock School West at Pennyslvania Ballet.

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”.

Nick Gonzales

Nick Gonzales is the director and founder of the NRG Dance Project. He is a former contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. He currently teaches and choreographs worldwide. We are thrilled to have Nick as a guest teacher.

Corinne Tighe

BS Business Administration/Dance Minor – Kean University – NYC Rockette for 10 years – Performing credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Live with Regis and Kelly, NYCDA, The TODAY Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The TONY AWARDS, WNBA, Print credits include: Sunglass Hut, VANITY FAIR, Time Out New York, Boston Magazine. Corinne is now expanding into her industry as Professor at Kean University for the Department of Theater – Dance Minor. Fitness Credentials include: AFAA, Barre and USPA Certifications.