Executive Staff

Julie Diana Hench
Executive Director
Douglas Martin
Artistic Director
Aydmara Cabrera
School Director

Administrative Staff

Dawn Dell'Omo +
Chief Operating Officer & Director of Finance
Dawn Dell'Omo
Dawn Dell’Omo has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to the non-profit sector. Dawn has proven that a combination of dedication and hard work will produce favorable results and positive outcomes. She has a proven track record of success in both her financial roles as well as in her capacity as a fund raiser. Immediately following college, Dawn joined a local CPA firm where she worked as an auditor for close to 5 years. In 1995, she joined the American Repertory Ballet company where she worked for 5 years as its Finance Manager. In 2000, Dawn left the American Repertory Ballet to join the Foundation at Monmouth Medical Center as its Director of Finance. While at the Foundation, Dawn has held multiple roles. One of her proudest roles is the experience that she has gained in fundraising by being part of or organizing a variety of different events where she has helped raise $500,000 over the last five years. Dawn’s love for the arts and her years spent as a dancer at the Princeton Ballet School, have brought her back to the ARB where she is relishing the opportunity to rejoin the ARB community. Dawn is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and currently resides in Jackson with her two children, Nicholas and Thomas. Dawn is involved in many outside ventures and volunteer initiatives including as a Board Member of the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Foundation where she takes a personal interest in the mission of the Foundation. When asked what she is looking forward to most in rejoining the American Repertory Ballet, Dawn says, “I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to rejoin the ARB and to help it to reach in to new communities, bring financial success and experience unprecedented growth.” Email: ddellomo@arballet.org    |    Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 13
Kaitlin Marino +
Graphic Designer
A recent graduate from Drexel University, Kaitlin holds a BS in Graphic Design and a minor in Fine Art. Her skills and interests include print and web design, stationery, photography, illustration, and painting. She has experienced various design internships with companies such as Urban Outfitters and Kathy Davis. Kaitlin has grown up as a dancer and has carried this passion into all aspects of her life. She has competed on a Dance Team, attended a performing arts high school, performed on her dance team in college where she held the title of Captain, and was an Eagles Cheerleader Finalist this past season. Dance and art are Kaitlin’s favorite way to express herself, emotionally, physically, and creatively. She is incredibly excited to join the American Repertory Ballet family where she can combine both her passions of performance and design. Phone: 732.249.1254 ext. 18 Email: kmarino@arballet.org
Lisa de Ravel +
Princeton Ballet School and Special Projects Administrator
Lisa de Ravel
Lisa de Ravel (Princeton Ballet School and Special Projects Administrator) has Co-Chaired numerous ARB Annual Galas, 50th Organization reunion performance, 50th Nutcracker Celebration, and Fashion Shows. She served as Dean of Students from 2007-2017 and Alumni Relations Coordinator from 2015-2017. She joined American Repertory Ballet in 1988, and danced under the direction of Dermot Burke in ballets by Ailey, Arpino, Balanchine, Bournonville, Limón, Tudor, Taylor, Burke, Webre and others. From 1989-2006 she taught and choreographed for the Princeton Ballet School including coordinating the Cranbury program, now called Summer Intensive Intermediates. She has been a recipient of the Audrée Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education, and has also been inducted into Princeton Ballet School Wall of Fame. Ms. de Ravel received her B.A. in Psychology, specializing in child and adolescent development, from Rutgers, The State University. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and a member of Psi Chi psychology honor society. She received her dance training at North Carolina School of the Arts, the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Email: lderavel@arballet.org   |   Phone: 609.921.7758 X 11
Carol Bellis +
Principal, Cranbury Studio | Coordinator, Summer Intensives | Ballet
Carol Bellis received her training on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, official school of the New York City Ballet. She danced with the Garden State Ballet and has taught for Garden State Ballet School, Gloria Govrin’s New Hope Ballet Academy, and the School of Performing Arts at Somerset Vo-Tech. She has been teaching here for more than 20 years, and is the principal of the Cranbury studio and the Coordinator of Princeton Ballet School’s summer programs. Ms. Bellis is also an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at Rider University. Email: cbellis@arballet.org   |   Phone: 609.921.7758, ext. 30
DANCE POWER Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist | New Brunswick Summer Camp 2017 Instructor | Ballet
began her training here at Princeton Ballet School in 1988. She graduated from Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program as well as Princeton Ballet School’s pre-professional company PBII, now known as PBW. She has performed various roles in ARB’s The Nutcracker under the direction of both Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. Ms. Smith-Lombardo also has performed numerous pieces with Susan Tenney Dance. She has also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Ms. Smith-Lombardo will be entering her 15th year of teaching at Princeton Ballet School. She’s also a DANCE POWER Teaching Artist for ARB’s DANCE POWER program, which is the longest continuously running Arts and Community partnership in New Jersey and the cornerstone of American Repertory Ballet’s Access & Enrichment program. Ms.Smith-Lombardo was named the DANCE POWER Coordinator in 2010. Her roll as Coordinator is to oversee the DANCE POWER program within the public schools, as well as the DANCE POWER scholars within Princeton Ballet School. She was the choreographer for George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theater Academy in 2010. Ms.Smith-Lombardo also serves as one of the coordinators for Princeton Ballet School’s New Brunswick Summer Dance Camp and DANCE POWER Summer Dance Camp.
Email: ksmith@arballet.org   |   Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 10
Lindsay Cahill +
Access & Enrichment Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist | New Brunswick Summer Camp 2017 Instructor
Lindsay Cahill began her career at American Repertory Ballet in 2009 as a Dance Power Teaching Artist. Now in her new role as Access and Enrichment Coordinator she is excited to combine her love of the arts with her students, families and entire New Brunswick community. As a dance and gymnastics instructor for over 17 years, her passion of the arts shine through in her strong, patient and encouraging teaching style. Her past community partnership experience working in the City of New Brunswick's Mayor's Office and with New Brunswick City Market, her new role offers the ability to strengthen and improve the great City of New Brunswick she also calls home. Lindsay is looking forward to the opportunity to continue her work with the talented staff at ARB. Email: lcahill@arballet.org    |    Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 19
Erika Mero +
PBW Juniors Teacher
Erika Mero (Ballet, PBW Juniors teacher) began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff.  Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years. In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet's DANCE POWER in New Brunswick and was named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika's performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT's Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts.