Ballet Arts Faculty
Diana Turner Hauser
Diana Turner Hauser was born in Canada, where as a child she trained in the Cecchetti method. She made her acting debut at 9 years old, playing Adele in Jane Eyre in the Canadian Dominion Drama Festival, winning Honorable Mention for the Old Vic Adjudicator. She continued her ballet studies in Chicago with Bernice Holmes and acting with Northwestern University Drama Department at age 11. She came to NYC at age 12 to train at Ballet Arts Carnegie Hall. She began working professionally in television, Choreographers Workshop and galas for Paul Szilard. At age 14 she was accepted by the The Royal Ballet School in England. She became a member of the Senior School and Sadlers Wells Opera Ballet Company, performing at Sadlers Wells Theatre and Covent Garden. Upon returning to NYC she performed in Girl in Pink Tights on Broadway with Agnes de Mille. She became a soloist with Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, touring the US and Canada. From the Met she joined American Ballet Theatre, dancing as soloist in NYC, across the US and throughout the world on a State Department sponsored tour.
After marrying Frank Hauser she returned to dance for Agnes de Mille on Broadway in Goldilocks with Don Ameche and on The Ed Sullivan Show. Since residing in New Jersey, Diana danced principal roles with regional companies and guest taught until she established her own school in 1976 – Ballet Arts.
Marilyn Westlake-Nichols
Marilyn Westlake-Nichols was a student of Diana Turner Hauser. Growing up in Oradell, she attended Ballet Arts Studio where she discovered her love of dance and decided to make a career of it. While attending Montclair State University, Marilyn became a scholarship student at STEPS on Broadway where she furthered her training. STEPS then hired her to become an administrative assistant, learning the ins and outs of one of the largest studios in the world. After earning a BA in English with a Film minor, she started dancing professionally, performing with various dance companies and productions all across the country and abroad. Her resume includes productions in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Connecticut, New York City, and Aruba. She also performed in industrials and television, as well as workshops for up and coming choreographers. Finally settling down in NYC, Marilyn became a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. 8 seasons and one knee injury later, she decided it was time to hang up her dance shoes. Continuing her passion for dance, she became certified in Stott Pilates. She now continues in the legacy that is Ballet Arts, hoping to inspire students to find and appreciate the dancer that is within them.
Jane Silane
Jane Silane began studying dance where she grew up in Clinton, Iowa. She later went on to study ballet on scholarship at Interlochen NMC in Michigan and then NC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. After moving to NYC to continue her studies, Jane was hired to work with the Company of American Dance, featuring the works of new choreographers, and then transitioned into musical theater. Jane has performed in shows such as The Will Rogers Follies, Pal Joey, My One & Only, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sugar, and more in regional theaters, Broadway, and touring companies throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Jane was also a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for eleven years and has appeared in industrials, television, commercials and film.
​Jane is a certified ABT Teacher through level 7; is a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor and runs a prenatal/postpartum yoga program through Valley Hospital.
Erin Cairns Cella
Erin Cairns Cella is a New York based modern dance artist, and has recently performed for Tanya Calamoneri, Rebecca Davis, and Anne Zuerner. She currently creates dances with collaborator Dages Juvelier Keates, and their choreography has been shown at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, NYU, Triskelion Arts, and at Marble House Project in Dorset, VT.  Erin  is also certified to teach Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, and her interests in somatic and anatomical awareness serve as the foundation for her teaching. In addition to her work at Ballet Arts NJ, Erin teaches ballet at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and throughout Manhattan.  Erin  holds a BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College and an MFA in Dance, Choreography, and Performance from Temple University. 
Jaime Hickey  
Jaime Hickey began her dance training at Ms. Huguette’s Dance and Theatrical Studios in Bayonne, NJ. She was also a Preliminary Champion Irish dancer with the DeNogla School of Irish Step Dancing. Jaime continued her ballet studies at New Jersey Ballet, the Neubert Ballet Institute, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she spent three years majoring in ballet under the direction of Michael Owen.  As a student, Jaime spent her summers studying at San Francisco Ballet, The Rock School, The Kirov Academy, ABT, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and Studio Maestro. She completed her formal ballet training at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT and with Fabrice Herrault in NYC.  In 2007 and 2008, Jaime was recognized as an ABT National Training Scholar. Upon graduation from the JKO School, Jaime was invited to join ABT II where she performed White Swan Pas De Deux, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliant, Raymonda, and Carnival of Venice.
In 2009, Jaime joined the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where she performed roles in Cinderella, George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto Aria II, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Merry Widow, Pretty Ballet, Mobile, Carousel, Othello, and more. Since 2013, she has performed with Ballet West, the Barak Ballet, and RPM Productions. Jaime was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Miss New Jersey USA pageant.
Jaime is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum through Level 7.  She enjoys providing her students with a solid technique and knowledge of ballet while also passing on the joy and love of movement.
Oliver Till
Oliver Till, former Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, England, was born in Virginia, USA.
He started dancing ballet and tap at the age of 8 and joined The Royal Ballet Schools Junior Associate program at age 10, where he performed the role of Fritz in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Lyceum Theatre London.
At 11 Oliver was accepted to The Royal Ballet School White Lodge under the Directorship of
Gailene Stock OME.
Age 16 he joined The Royal Ballet School’s Upper School in Covent Garden, London. He received Distinction at RAD Intermediate level and The Potential Award at The Young British Dancer of the Year.
He graduated in 2007 with Highly Commended and joined the ranks of Birmingham Royal Ballet, during which time he has performed roles such as; Hilarion, Eros, Dr Coppelius and Dancing Partner in ballets The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sylvia, choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kennith MacMillan, Sir Peter Wright,
​David Bintley OBE and George Balanchine.
Oliver was promoted to First Artist in 2011 and to Soloist in 2016.

Photo by Andy Ross
Christopher Shepard
Christopher Shepard started dancing as a young boy at Coupé Theater Studio in Nanuet, NY, where he trained in tap, modern, jazz, ballet, theater dance, hip hop, acting and voice for 12 years. He went on to minor in dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where he received his BA in theater. There he performed in and choreographed numerous dance and theater works, while also joining campus dance ensembles that performed and taught workshops at area schools. Since college, Chris has continued to direct, dance and choreopgraph, frequently collaborating with fellow Ballet Arts faculty memeber, Erin Cairns Cella, performing their duets all over the metro NYC area. Chris serves on the board of Tiffany Mills Company, a Brooklyn-based modern dance company. He is also a writer, working as a senior editor for a small family of trade newsletters.
Jessica Scherr
Jessica started dancing at the age of 5 at a local studio in Sparta, NJ, where she began her rigorous training in ballet (Vaganova), modern (Graham), jazz, pointe, tap, and hip hop. She began assitant teaching at the age of 14 and knew right away that it was a clear passion. That same year, Jessica had the opportunity to dance with Atlantic City Ballet in their production of Dracula. During high school, Miss Scherr performed in Aida, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray and Fiddler on the Roof and had the chance to choreographed and be named dance captain her junior and senior years. During her summers, she trained with American Academy of Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Jessica went on to college and just recently graduated cum laude from Point Park University with a BFA jazz/modern concentration. There, she had the opportunity to perform in numerous student productions such as Cohere by Kiki Lucas and Clarity of Outline by Yoshiak Nakano as well as train with an amazing faculty including Jason McDole, Mark Burrell, Keisha Lalama, and Daniel Karasik. Jessica also debuted her first choreographic work, Unspoken Concepts, at Point Park. She prides herself on being passionate about both performing and teaching dance.