Laura Otto

Ballet Mistress

A New York native, Laura Otto trained at the Seiskaya Ballet Academy and later studied with Maggie Black. Laura began her career with the Atlanta Ballet under the direction of John McFall, where she spent ten years, becoming a principal dancer with the company. She has also performed as a member of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, The National Ballet of Canada, BalletX, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Ballet NY.

Laura is an original Broadway cast member of Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris. She has also toured the US, Canada, and Japan starring in Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out in the role of Judy. Recently, Laura appeared in the Starz original series Flesh and Bone as a member of the company.

She has danced principal roles in classics including Romeo and JulietSwan LakeCinderellaThe NutcrackerCoppelia, and Don Quixote, and has performed leading roles in works by Julia Adam, George Balanchine, Val Canaparoli, Matthew Neenan, Michael Pink, Ben Stevenson, Christopher Wheeldon, and Lila York. Ms. Otto has had many roles created for her by choreographers including Christopher Hampson, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alexei Ratmansky, Margo Sappington and Stanton Welch.