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.”
Cathleen Palace +–
Director of Development
A passionate and driven fundraising professional, Cathleen Palace joins American Repertory Ballet as the Director of Development. Prior to joining ARB, Ms. Palace garnered significant development experience while serving at Rutgers University, Monmouth University and, most recently, New Jersey City University. During her tenure in higher education fundraising, Ms. Palace was responsible for major and planned gift strategy and solicitation, enhancing donor cultivation and stewardship activities, increasing communication with internal and external constituencies relative to development, and supporting the advancement of the universities' priorities and holistic development efforts. Her relationships with donors and assistance in helping them to realize their philanthropic goals resulted in five-, six-, and several-figure gifts benefiting the institution. Ms. Palace began her career in development in Newark, NJ at Philip's Education Partners (formally St. Philip's Academy) as the Director of Communications and Grants. Ms. Palace holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rider University and an M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University. She resides in Howell, NJ with her husband Michael and their son Colin. Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 11 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil Burns +–
Director of Marketing and PR
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.
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 venutre, 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.
Erica Casbar +–
Erica Casbar joined American Repertory Ballet (ARB) as the organization’s graphic designer in May 2016. She graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelors degree in graphic design and advertising. During her time at the university she worked as the Graphic Assistant in the Office of Publications, alongside the art director to design numerous publications and marketing materials for the University. Erica danced for a competitive dance company for 12 years and joined ARB’s team in hope to combine her love for dance and design.
Lisa de Ravel +–
Alumni Relations Coordinator | Dean of Students
Dance Type - BalletLisa de Ravel (Dean of Students, Alumni Relations Coordinator) 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.
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.
Kathleen Smith +–
Educational Community and Programming Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist | Dance Type - Ballet Beginning Dance
Kathleen Smith has been teaching here at Princeton Ballet School since 2003 and ARB’s DANCE POWER program since 2005 as a Teaching Artist as well as the DANCE POWER Coordinator since 2010. Ms.Smith teaches all levels at Princeton Ballet School as well as the Adult Open Enrollment classes. Ms. Smith began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School in 1988. She is a graduate of Princeton Ballet School and rose through the levels of the PLUS program to the Professional Training Program. She was also a member of PBII, now known as ARB Workshop, American Repertory Ballet's Pre-Professional Company. She has also studied ballet at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Performance highlights include the evil fairy Carabosse in Princeton Ballet School's production of Sleeping Beauty in 2003, various roles in ARB’s The Nutcracker under the direction of both Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. Ms.Smith has also performed numerous pieces with Susan Tenney Dance. Ms.Smith has been teaching and choreographing Clogging for the past 19 years with her group, The Century Cloggers. She also was the main choreographer in the summer of 2010 at George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theater Academy.
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.