Executive Staff

Julie Diana Hench
Executive Director
Aydmara Cabrera
School Director
Dawn Dell'Omo
Chief Operating Officer & Director of Finance

Administrative Staff

Rachel Abrams +
Development Manager
Rachel Abrams earned her Master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University in 2013, following her magna cum laude graduation from Barnard College in 2008 as a dance major. She joins ARB from Nimbus Dance in Jersey City, where she served as Grant Writer and Assistant Director of Development. She also worked as an administrator for the Dance to Learn residency program at Dance New Jersey/Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Rachel previously worked at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as the Interim AIE Coordinator, as the Director of Education at Lustig Dance Theatre in New Brunswick, as a research assistant to dance historian Jennifer Homans, and as an intern in the Education Department at New York City Ballet. She began training in ballet at the age of 5 and also explored modern, tap, musical theater, and gymnastics. Rachel is dedicated to sharing with others her passion for dance and the impact of the performing arts through advocacy and writing.
Dan Bauer +
ARB Marketing Manager
Dan Bauer has been working in marketing and public relations for over 20 years. His recent credits include Alaudin Ullah’s Dishwasher Dreams at Castillo Theatre, Yehuda Hyman’s The Mar Vista at The Pershing Square Signature Theatre, Mac Wellman's A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds, and The Jewish King Lear at Metropolitan Playhouse. For many years, Dan was director of public relations at McCarter Theatre Center and served as producer for Smart Talk Connected Conversations working with a long list of distinguished speakers including Julie Andrews, Debbie Reynolds, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno and Phylicia Rashad. Phone: 732.249.1254 ext. 23 Email: dbauer@arballet.org
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
Lindsay Cahill +
Access & Enrichment and DANCE POWER Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist | New Brunswick Summer Camp 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
Janessa Cornell Urwin +
Wardrobe Manager
Janessa Cornell Urwin

Originally from Albany, N.Y., Janessa began her career as a ballet dancer, training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and dancing with the Roxey Ballet Company and as a trainee with American Repertory Ballet. Since transitioning into costuming, she has coordinated wardrobe for many productions including ARB’s Nutcracker, Princeton Ballet School’s Don Quixote and Swan Lake, and other repertory programs.  She served as seasonal Wardrobe Supervisor at the Bucks County Playhouse, working on numerous plays and musicals. She was privileged to work with the original cast of Mothers and Sons, a critically acclaimed drama on Broadway. Janessa’s design work with ARB includes Mary Barton’s Shades of Time, Scarlet Sonata, Kirk Peterson’s Glazunov Variations, and Carmen.

Stephanie Getchell +
Production Stage Manager
Danielle MacMath +
Executive Assistant
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.
Jaclyn Vela +
Wardrobe Assistant