LAURA OTTO

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 Juliet, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, 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.

DUSTIN LAYTON

Dustin, a Mississippi native, began dancing at age 4 with Sylvia Hennington. He then continued with David Keary at Ballet Mississippi. After attending summer workshops on full scholarship to the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet, Dustin joined the Boston Ballet as a trainee.
One year later, he joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre performing numerous leading roles. In 2011, Dustin joined the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera. Dustin had the honor of making his Broadway debut with The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Dustin also performed in the Off-Broadway show Silence! The Musical.
Most recently, Dustin performed as an original Broadway cast member of Christopher Wheeldon’s “An American in Paris”.

MICHAEL DAY

Michael Day is Mississippi’s most experienced and successful Ballroom dance professional. He is an advanced instructor, choreographer and former Pro-Am competitor with over thirty-five years experience in the American style of Ballroom dancing and Cabaret & Theater Arts.
He was the dance and music director for the Fred Astaire Dance Organization in Mobile, Alabama, the regional dance director for the Florida Dance Centers in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida, and the winner of many Top Teacher and Pro-Am dance awards at numerous local, regional and national Ballroom dance competitions including the Fred Astaire “Cross Country National Dance Championships”, the Triple Crown “Southern States Dance Championships” and the “Florida State DanceSport Championships”.
For sixteen years he organized Ballroom dance competitions in Branson, MO, Myrtle Beach, SC, Pensacola, FL, Mobile, AL, and Biloxi, Jackson and Gulfport, MS. He has served as a dance coach and guest choreographer for many dance studios across the country.
He is also an award winning cartoonist, graphic artist and custom screen printer. He and his wife Dr. Lisa Day, currently teach at Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center in Pearl, MS. Website: www.mikekday.com
Michael has performed the role of Herr Drosselmeier in Ballet Mississippi’s production of The Nutcracker since 2014.