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22/23 New Dancer Spotlight: Victoria Watford

Please welcome Victoria Watford to BalletMet!

Photo of Victoria Watford

She joins us from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she danced for six seasons with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.  

Victoria received her training at the Cleveland School of Dance (the official school for the Cleveland Ballet) and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She has been featured as a soloist in Balanchine works, classical story ballets, and contemporary works including world premieres by Azure Barton (Bright Progressions) and Jennifer Archibald (Through the Window). She portrayed Eke-Nnechukwu in Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd’s film entitled Obi Mbu (the Primordial House). It was the first film to tell a story of African cosmology and it premiered in galleries in New York, California, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.  

She is a beautifully experienced artist and we are so excited to work with her gifts this season at BalletMet.  

Are you new to Columbus or have you lived here before?
I’m new. 

What is your favorite thing about being a dancer?
I love being able to perform and make audience members feel a connection to the art on stage. 

Tell us your favorite food or meal.
Steak and potatoes. 

What artists/songs are on your top Spotify/Apple Music playlist?
Steve Lacy, Beyoncé, Doja Cat 

What is your favorite ballet (to watch or perform)? Why?
In the Upper Room (Twyla Tharp) because of the music, costuming, and different movement styles all in one piece. 

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be doing?
I would be curating art.