Carla Otero began her classical ballet training at the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico under the tutelage of the Carlota Carrera. As she advanced in her pre-professional training she had the pleasure of working with renowned ballet teachers from Latin America and abroad. As a student, Carla received scholarships to attend the summer intensives at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and the 42nd Bartholin International Ballet Seminar of the Royal Danish Ballet.
At age sixteen, Carla joined the company of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico under the guidance of Artistic Director, Lolita San Miguel where she danced in the great classics of Giselle, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, Copellia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker. After being with the company for two years, she decided to move to Boston and pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations at Simmons College. During her time as an undergraduate student, Carla was actively involved as a dancer in the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Dance Project since it’s inception in 2006. She was also a ballet instructor for LEAP (Lifelong Exercise and Activities Program) at Simmons College.
After graduating in 2010, Carla became an instructor for the COF Dance Project and is now the Assistant Director for the program. She has been invited as a guest artist to perform in the premiere of Anastasia and to dance in Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux with Chambersburg Ballet Theater in Pennsylvania. Carla remains active as a dancer and choreographer and teacher throughout the Boston and Cambridge areas. Her students have won awards at competitions throughout New England. In March of 2016, Carla launched her blog series “In the Studio” where she actively publishes articles about dance on her website.
With over twenty years of experience in dance and ten years teaching, Carla loves to impart her knowledge for movement to all levels and ages and likes working closely to develop each students individual’s strengths.