Otis Daye

Iranian National Ballet Company (1977-1978)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1979-?)
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (1985)
Capitol Ballet (1988)

Photo via The Herald-Sun, 1979
Born ca. 1955 in Oxford, North Carolina to Mrs. Catherine Turrentine and Mr. Daye, Otis Daye moved to Durham when he was seven years old and attended Northern High School (in Durham, North Carolina).
Daye told The Herald-Sun in 1979, “Ever since I can remember, I wanted to dance…. I would go into the woods and leap….” He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts on scholarship, the Dance Theatre of Harlem school, School of American Ballet, and the American Dance Center.
A member of the Iranian National Ballet Company from 1977 to 1978, Daye then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1979 and said about Ailey, “Alvin is like my father….He’s very sensitive, and he knows how to bring things out of you that you didn’t know you had.”
After dancing as “Delilah Razzmatazzmova” in Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in 1985, he also performed with the Capitol Ballet in Nathaniel Orr’s Undeniably Bach in May 1988.

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