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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. 

Meet The Directors

Evy zavolas

Co-owner + artistic Director of CDE

Earned her masters in Dance/Dance Education NYU BA in Psychology, Minor in Dance Rutgers College. Studied dance at SUNY Purchase + University of South Florida.

Early Studies- Walcoff McCusker. New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, New Jersey Ballet, Steps, David Howard Studio, Princeton Ballet, Atlanta School of Ballet, The Martha Graham School Certified + Registered, 500 Hour Svaroopa Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Certified Wise Earth Ayurvedie Consultant, Pilates Instructor, Performed with numerous regional ballet/musical theatre companies, MTV Productions/Club MTV International, Plays in the Park, NJ Nets Dance and Recording Artist Tour Dancer. Past Union County College and NJB Summer. 

Evy currently devotes her time to teaching and directing CDE.

Christina Zavolas-Manousos

co-owner + Artistic director of CDE

Earned her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. Early studies were at Walcoff-McCusker, New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, Princeton Ballet, Atlanta School of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center Performed with the Montclair State University Musical Theatre Company and taught dance to non-majors, regular featured dancer on CLU, MTV from 1987-1992, toured with Black Box, and Projecto Uno. She choreographed dancers performing with musical artists, specializes in dance for young children.

Christina currently devotes her time to teaching and directing CDE. 

Meet the faculty

Natalie Lugo

CDE Faculty

BFA Dance Montclair State University- Natalie is a Professional Dancer, Teacher and choreographer in numerous styles of dance. She is currently performing and teaching throughout the tristate area and L.A. Natalie is also pursuing a future career in sports medicine for dancers.

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Amanda Papa

CDE Faculty

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 ball room world where she is currently training as a competitor in Smooth Ballroom dance. 

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Jennifer Innis

CDE Faculty

Jennifer Innis is a dance instructor and choreographer with 28 years experience. Earned her BFA from Syracuse University. Trained extensively at Steps and Broadway Dance Center and at the New Jersey School of Ballet. Early ballet training was in the Russian Vaganova Style, but has also studied Balanchine and Cecchetti traditions. 

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Kimberley Farmiga

CDE Faculty

Kim is currently attending Kean University and has been teaching in our Youth Program for 20 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, and performs/choreographs Liturgical Dance. Kim performed with Great Adventure and 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.

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Michelle Perosi

CDE Faculty

Michelle Perosi graduated from the Boston conservatory with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree  Dance in 1993. While at the Conservatory, she performed with the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre. She also attended the Alvin Ailey School where she continued her education. Michelle piloted both dance programs at Ocean County and Union County Vocational performing Arts Academies. Mrs. Perosi was awarded teacher of the year in 2010. She currently teaches at John F Kennedy Memorial High School where she shares her love for dance with students of all levels.
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Jen Silver

CDE Faculty

Jen Silver EDM, BFA, recieved her Masters 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 BFA in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Jen has danced with Spark Movement Collective, Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Koley Pruitt Dance, Humanistics Dance Company, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. She is an ABT certified teacher(pre-primary-level3) and has taught in a variety of settings, including studios, public schools and community dance programs.

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Ciara

CDE Faculty

Ciara danced at CDE for 13 years!  She attended Temple University and continued dancing with her student organization Reflections dance company for 4 years. Ciara was the captain of the dance company and the choreographer! Ciara studied global studies and Spanish with a minor in history . Ciara is excited to   share her love of dance with young students.

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Janine Dayson

CDE Faculty

Janine Dayson has been a dance educator for 16 years. She began her dance training at the age of three and furthered her education at George Mason University, graduating with a BFA in Dance. She continued her passion for education by receiving her Masters in Special Education. She has been humbled and proud to work with the studio’s competition team for the past sixteen years, choreographing award-winning productions and leading them to many achievements and prestigious awards. Janine continues to advance her professional career by regularly attending dance teacher workshops and conferences. Her love of teaching has given her the opportunity to inspire the love of dance in her students
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Lindsey Garnhart

CDE Faculty

Lindsey Garnhart is a dance artist who holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business from Temple University. Prior to college, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap  for 15 years at Center for Dance Education. She is currently a member of and has performed with APDance Inc and Freespace Dance Company in New York City, and with Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company and rachelanddancers in Philadelphia, PA. Her recent choreographic work has been presented at Conwell Dance Theater and in virtual settings. Lindsey is a rotating assistant for Tracie Stanfield’s virtual classes at Broadway Dance Center. In addition to dance, she has worked on the social media team at American College Dance Association, Boyer College, and is the manager of social media and administrative assistant at APDance Inc in NYC. 

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Jasón Wells

CDE Faculty

Jasón Wells is now a Montclair State University Alumnus, with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has been performing in company works, commercial dance, musicals, and is a part of the teaching faculty for Liberate Artist. Jasón Is so excited to be back with his CDE fam and can’t wait to work with such talented young artists. 

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Celli Turon

CDE Faculty

Ms. Celli is a CDE alumni and a Broadway dance center student and alumni. She has a strong background in ballet, contemporary, hip hop and heels. recently began her choreography journey creating at Broadway dance center students showcases for 3 years and continues her training and artistry at BDC. Has taught at many studios around Jersey, and loves to share her knowledge and love of dance. 

guest teachers + choreographers
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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.

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Katelyn Gaffney

CDEs prodigy is now one of the exclusive 12 full time Radio City NYC Rockette’s and has joined our faculty. She studied all forms of dance at CDE since age 3 when CDE first opened and also studied at Somerset Vo-tech highschool and 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.

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Lisa Peluso

BFA Dance, Montclair State University. Lisa was a scholarship apprentice/understudy for Jennifer Miller/The Works for several years and has additionally performed with Flexicurve project, Smith and KDNY. Professional Modern dancer with the ELISA MONTE Modern Dance Company in NYC. Was member of Freespace Dance Company & an apprentice with Jennifer Muller Dance Company in NYC. Professor at numerous community colleges, Montclair State Univ & College of St Elizabeth.

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