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Eric Otto

Summer Guest Teaching Artist

Eric Otto was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He began dancing at
the age of seven with the School of American Ballet in New York City. He
has danced professionally with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet
Theatre, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and
BalletX.
He was an original cast member of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away,
performing the leading role of Sid. Mr. Otto was invited to join the cast of
Tharp’s Movin’ Out where he starred in the Broadway and First National Tour
companies as James. He has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the
Opera and toured with Twyla Tharp for her 50th Anniversary.
Mr. Otto has performed an extensive repertoire, including ballets by
Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jiri Kylian, Kenneth
MacMillan, and Jerome Robbins. He has danced roles created for him by
Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Lynne Taylor-Corbette and Matthew Neenan.
Eric’s academic credentials include serving as Artist in Residence in Classical
Ballet at Skidmore College from 2018 to 2021, where he choreographed
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter and staged Paquita. He
has also been the Artistic Director of the Peoria Ballet in Illinois, Rehearsal
Director for BalletX in Philadelphia and taught on faculty at Ballet Academy
East and Peridance in NYC. He is on guest faculty with The Rock School for
Dance Education and the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago. Eric Otto is
an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher
Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 6/7 and Partnering of the
ABT National Training Curriculum.
As a choreographer, Eric has received commissions by Peoria Ballet
Company, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Saratoga Arts Fest, The Bruce Museum,
Bucknell University, Skidmore College and the Toledo Ballet.
In 2022, Eric accepted the Artistic Director and Head of Curriculum position
with Toledo Ballet.

Teaching Courses:

Berkshire Pulse