Harper Watters, Corps de Ballet
Dover, New Hampshire
Houston Ballet II
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Portsmouth School of Ballet
Promoted to Corps de Ballet
Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Sarabande by Jiri Kylian
Defining Moment: It wasn't until I won an apprenticeship and the Contemporary Dance Prize at the 2011 Prix de Lausanne that I realized joining Houston Ballet II was my defining moment.
Originally from Dover, New Hampshire, Harper Watters trained at Portsmouth School of Ballet, Walnut Hill School for the Performing arts Arts, Washington Ballet and Houston Ballet Summer intensives. Watters was a member of Houston Ballet II from 2009 - 2011. In 2011, Watters competed at the Prix de Lausanne Ballet Competition where he won 6th overall as well as the contemporary dance award. Watters joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice in 2011.
Since then, Watters has danced a variety of roles, from a variety of the world's leading dance choreographers. He has enjoyed dancing roles such as Performer in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère, various roles such as Gopak and Lead Flower in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker, as well as roles in Stevenson's Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. He has danced 'Theme 1' in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, as well as roles in Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Jewels and Ballet Imperial. He has danced Mark Morris's Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes; Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations; Stanton Welch's Divergence, Clear, Of Blessed Memory, Sons de l'âme (Sounds of the Soul), Maninyas (green couple) and Play; Jerome Robbin's The Concert; Trey Mcintyre's Peter Pan; and Jiří Kylián Sinfonietta and Petite Mort. He danced in the World Premiere of Edwaard Liang's Murmuration and created roles in Azsure Barton's Angular Momentum; Garret Smith's Return; and Stanton Welch's The Rite of Spring and The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra (Trumpet).
Watch Harper's Prix de Lausanne interview.
Headshot by Amitava Sarkar