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. In 2003, Mr. Otto was invited to join the cast of Movin’ Out. He has most recently 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 has been a Ballet Master for BalletX in Philadelphia where he taught company class and help staged ballets. Eric serves as a faculty member of Ballet Academy East and Peridance in NYC. He is also on guest faculty with The Rock School For Dance Education and most recently the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago. Eric is currently the Artistic Director for the Peoria Ballet.
"It gives me great joy to be able to pass on the knowledge I've gained throughout my career to the next generation."