Mark Otloski

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Perspiration

Outreach Coordinator/Dancer; Principal Dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet; provides access and opportunities for students in Northeast Ohio school districts to participate in artistic engagements with GroundWorks artists; teaches throughout Ohio and Michigan with training in the Cecchetti (Italian) syllabus and Vaganova (Russian) syllabus; on the faculties of Cleveland City Dance and Jordan Center Dance.

Inspiration

Yosemite, Sedona, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ansel Adams, M.C. Escher, Calvin & Hobbes, lighthouses, Ranger and Tonto (two kittens I’ve rescued).

Biography

Mark Otloski is a native of Flint, Michigan and a former principal dancer of 22 years with the Cleveland/San Jose ballet under the direction of Dennis Nahat. Mr. Otloski was also a performing artist for 7 years with GroundWorks Dancetheater. As educational outreach coordinator for GroundWorks Mark works to provide access and opportunities for students throughout the greater Cleveland and Akron school districts to participate in artistic engagements with the artists of GroundWorks. A teaching artist for many years in the Art is Education initiative, Mark was recognized with the 2010 YANEO Sunshine Award in recognition of his commitment to arts education in the greater Cleveland community. An accomplished teacher, Mr. Otloski also teaches extensively throughout the greater Cleveland area and is currently on the faculty of Cleveland City Dance and Jordan Center Dance.