Harper Watters slays ballet choreography and serves looks in heels as high as his aspirations

May 18, 2023
In the realm of ballet, Harper Watters is a generational icon and legend in his own time. In 2021, he was honored as the first Black queer soloist at the Houston Ballet. He is also widely praised for his impressive social media presence, which has helped him become a household name.

In 2011, Watters began dancing with the Houston Ballet, attracting the audience with his high-energy performances and infectious rhythms. Watters’ expert level of talent has garnered him a large following in the dance community. This is especially evident in his acclaimed portrayals of roles such as the Prince in ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Sylvia,’ a three-act ballet. That’s why Watters is part of Queerty’s #Pride50, presented by Xfinity.

Watters is cognizant of the responsibility that comes with being an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ+ and the Black communities. He reflected on how his introduction to dance was sparked by the Black dancers of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. This motivation drives him to break barriers and give our youth the “permission slip” they need to declare, “I can do this.” Having grown up in a predominantly white area of New Hampshire, in a white family, Watters is now the long-deserved representation of Black queerness in dance that he and others like him have long deserved.