Mark Otloski, a native of Flint, Michigan, is a former principal dancer of 22 years with the Cleveland/San Jose ballet under the direction of Dennis Nahat. During his tenure with the company he established himself as one of the company’s leading danseurs performing an extensive range of principal and soloist roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and The Baron in Leonid Massine’s Gaite Parisienne, as well as having danced nearly every role in the company’s repertory.
Excelling in the dramatic, some of his most notable roles were Death in Kurt Joss’ The Green Table, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet and Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane.
Mr. Otloski was also a performing artist for 7 years with GroundWorks Dancetheater under the direction of David Shimotakahara and now serves as educational outreach coordinator for GroundWorks working 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 Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio 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 Great Wall Enrichment Center.