Executive Staff

Julie Diana Hench
Executive Director
Douglas Martin
Artistic Director
Pamela Levy
School Director

Administrative Staff

Dawn Dell'Omo +
Finance Director | Acting Chief Operating Officer
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
Neil Burns +
Director of Marketing and PR
Neil Burns
Neil joined American Repertory Ballet (ARB) in November of 2015. He relocated to New Jersey from the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia, where he served seven years as Director of Marketing at Christopher Newport university’s Ferguson Center for the Arts. The performing arts center, housed on the campus of one of the Commonwealth’s fastest growing universities, is a world-class facility which presents the finest cultural attractions from around the globe. Nearly two-million people experienced performances in its three theaters over its 11-year lifespan; annually more than 150 performances and events are presented. His professional history includes various marketing positions with a variety of businesses in both the for- and non-profit worlds. On that list is Hampton Roads oldest and most respected ad agency, two Tribune newspaper properties, one of the mid-west’s fastest growing life insurance companies and an internationally recognized graphic design magazine (HOW). Originally from North Brunswick, N.J., Neil has returned to his home state with great anticipation and is thrilled to continue his career in the arts. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Email: nburns@arballet.org   |   Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 25
Alexis Branagan +
Marketing and Digital Media Specialist
Alexis Branagan joined American Repertory Ballet as Marketing and Development Associate in 2011. She has enjoyed working in an evolving role in the marketing department, playing an integral role in brand development, design, communications, and marketing strategy. Alexis became immersed in ARB's work throughout her undergraduate studies at Princeton University. She earned a degree in English and a Certificate in Dance while taking classes at Princeton Ballet School and attending ARB performances. She has an extensive background in ballet, having trained intensively from a young age and attending summer programs at the Kirov Academy, ABT, Kaatsbaan and the Juilliard School. As Founding Artistic Director of Princeton University Ballet (2008), Alexis established an outlet for classical and contemporary ballet performance for highly-trained undergraduate dancers at Princeton. With this venture, she became increasingly interested in and passionate about the importance of quality arts administration. During her time as an undergraduate, Alexis held summer internships at Rebecca Davis Dance Company and at Pointe magazine. Alexis created and performed in an original contemporary ballet, the first ballet Senior Thesis Production produced for Princeton University's Program in Dance. It earned her the Outstanding Senior Creative Thesis Award. Alongside her work for ARB, Alexis is a professional dancer with New York Theatre Ballet. Email: abranagan@arballet.org   |    Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 23
Giselle Payan +
Graphic Designer
Lisa de Ravel +
Coordinator of Donor Relations and Special Projects
Lisa de Ravel

Dance Type - Ballet

Lisa de Ravel (Coordinator of Donor Relations and Special Projects) received her training at North Carolina School of the Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Boston Ballet School. During her professional dance career, she also studied in New York with Finis Jhung, David Howard and Maggie Black. 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 Princeton Ballet School, including coordinating the Cranbury summer program, now called Summer Intensive Intermediates. She has been a recipient of the Audree Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education, and has also been inducted into Princeton Ballet School Wall of Fame. She is the organization’s Alumni Relations Coordinator, and also faculty liaison for the Junior Gala. Ms. de Ravel received her B.A. in Psychology, specializing in child and adolescent development, from Rutgers, The State University, in 2010. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and a member of Psi Chi psychology honor society. Email: lderavel@arballet.org   |   Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 17
Carol Bellis +
Principal, Cranbury Studio | Coordinator, Summer Intensives | Dance Type - 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
Kathleen A. Smith +
DANCE POWER Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist | New Brunswick Summer Camp 2017 Instructor | Dance Type - Ballet
Kathleen A. Smith
KATHLEEN A. SMITH began her training here at Princeton Ballet School in 1988. She is a graduate of Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program and was also a member of PBII, now known as PBW. She has also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Ms. Smith has been a teacher here at Princeton Ballet School since 2003, DANCE POWER Teaching Artist since 2005 and became the DANCE POWER Coordinator in 2010. Ms.Smith has performed various roles in ARB’s The Nutcracker under the direction of both Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. Ms.Smith also has performed numerous pieces with Susan Tenney Dance. She was the main choreographer for George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theater Academy in 2010. Ms. Smith is also one of the coordinators for Princeton Ballet School’s New Brunswick Summer Dance Camp and the first ever 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 +
ARBW Juniors Teacher | Dance Type - Ballet Beginning Dance
Erika Mero (Ballet, ARBW 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.