Artistic Director of the Panoramic Dance Project & Dance Lecturer
Francine Elizabeth Ott is a native of New Orleans who serves as a Dance Lecturer and is the artistic director of the Panoramic Dance Project at North Carolina State University. Francine received her B.F.A in Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and studied at many dance intensives, including the American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow, where she received scholarships.
She has worked, studied, and danced with Camille A. Brown and Dancers, and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, among others. She has had the opportunity to teach many workshops, classes, and residencies and her choreography has been showcased at UNC Greensboro, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, Homegrown at the CAC in New Orleans, APAP, SummerStage Dance, BAM: Black Brooklyn Renaissance, Dance Harlem, Aaron Davis Hall, Dance Place in Washington, D.C., This Woman’s Work, Dixon Place, International Association of Blacks in Dance and more. Ms. Ott has been featured in the July 2011 issue of Dance Magazine in the article, “When Words Hurt,” and in the February 2011 issue of SHAPE Magazine, in “Confidence Queens.” Francine was a studio assistant and teacher at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, as well as Mark Morris Dance Center. She was Rehearsal Director of Camille A. Brown and Dancers and assisted Ms. Brown in works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Urban Bush Women, and LaGuardia High School, among others. She has been a teaching artist for Crossing Point Arts, Black Girl Spectrum, Every Body Move, Whole Heart Productions, and also a mentor for the Camille A. Brown and Dancers mentorship program. Francine has received her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Nyack College. Ms. Ott also has her own company, Francine E. Ott/The Walk, where she choreographs, dances, directs, mentors, educates and integrates the arts with the mental health field. In this unique therapeutic process, she is able to creatively facilitate a space for healing, freedom, development, growth, change, and transformation in the lives she encounters. She currently hosts a live podcast show every week on future network radio entitled “MY PAST YOUR FUTURE.”