Heather Watts joined New York City Ballet in 1970 and was one of the last of the famed Balanchine Ballerinas. Watts worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins at NYCB, and was an acclaimed international ballet star retiring from the stage in 1995. Watts is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. She has created academic courses on Balanchine’s life and work at Harvard University, was the Class of 1932 Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University in 2012, and was an inaugural fellow at the Institute of Ballet at New York University in fall 2014. She has received numerous awards for arts education and dance, and in 2012, Watts received a Doctorate in Fine Arts honoris causa from Hunter College.
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