Sunday, August 06, 2017

Meet Openly Gay Ballet Dancer Harper Watters

Written by Donalevan Maines

Openly gay 25-year-old Harper Watters first began dancing around age five “purely because I had so much energy.” He now dances with the Houston Ballet’s main company.

Dancing is a silent art form, says Harper Watters, but his success at Houston Ballet has taught him that he has a voice. “There is a lot of power in words,” explains the out 24-year-old dancer in the company’s corps de ballet. “I have been solely focused on being a dancer, but I realize there is so much more I want to do, and feel like I have to offer.”

On social media, he says, “People reach out to me daily for advice. I tell them to embrace who you are, fully embrace your passion and go with that, full-force. I also have a platform to tell the world how Houston is a mecca for the arts, especially ballet. It’s really important to share that message.”

Beyond his career as a dancer with an insanely sculpted body, Watters believes that projects lie ahead that will allow him to inspire others “to stay true to yourself 100 percent and not suppress aspects of who you are.” The projects “might be in front of the camera; they might be bringing people like me into the dance world. I don’t know.”

Watters was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to a teenage mother and a father who was in jail. Two weeks later, he was adopted and began his life as the only child of a white couple in Dover, New Hampshire. The dancer considers them his only immediate family. READ MORE

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