Category: Faculty

Eric Otto

Artistic Director 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 …

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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 …

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Don Coven

Don Coven is a native Peorian who began tap lessons at the age of three at the Merkel-Ford Studios in 1950. He danced professionally with Ann Miller in Anything Goes, Gene Kelly in Take Me Along, and Ruby Keeler in No No Nanette. Mr. Coven’s dance expertise won him a complete scholarship for his Master of Fine Arts …

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Elizabeth Blackaby

Elizabeth Blackaby began dancing with The Studio of Dance Arts Unlimited at the age of seven under the tutelage of Judith Joseph and Ken Brelsfoard in Michigan City, Indiana. She became a member of the Youth Ballet of DAU as well as the Brelsfoard Dance Theatre. When she was sixteen, she moved to Peoria. After …

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Meredith Garrison

Meredith Garrison is a May 2016 graduate of the Foster College of Business at Bradley University with a degree in Management & Leadership. She is preparing to start classes for her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership at Bradley. Ballet has been a part of her life for the past 19 years. She has performed numerous roles …

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