OTIS SALLID Executive Director / Founder
Not only style but substance is the benchmark of director Otis Sallid’s work. His close attention and keen eye for detail always makes something special out of everything he touches. His accomplishments as a producer, director, and choreographer in theater, television, and film are known throughout the entertainment industry. His work in Spike Lee’s SCHOOL DAZE, DO THE RIGHT THING and MALCOLM X, the opening titles for the television shows LIVING SINGLE and SUDDENLY SUSAN, Disney’s SISTER ACT II, and Thomas Carter’s SWING KIDS has positioned him amongst the most notable producer/director/choreographers. The latter won him the BOB FOSSE L.A. CHOREOGRAPHERS DANCE AWARD.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Otis Sallid’s tremendous talent became apparent early in his life while studying dance with the Harlem Youth Unlimited. Instructors ALVIN AILEY, LOUIS JOHNSON, PEARL PRIMUS, GEOFFREY HOLDER, and THELMA HILL recognized his affinity for dance and encouraged him to audition for the High School of Performing Arts. He was awarded a four-year scholarship. A full scholarship to the JUILLIARD SCHOOL followed where ANTONY TUDOR, BENJAMIN HARKAVY, MARY HINKSON, MARTHA GRAHAM AND JOSE LIMON continued to shape his career.