Elbert Watson is a former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He also danced as a principal dancer with The State Opera Ballet Company of Kassel, Germany, the Pearl Primus Earth Theater and the Joan Miller Dance Players. He was the former artistic director of the Nanette Bearden Chamber Ballet Company in Manhattan.
He has also taught and choreographed in schools and universities throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He is the former Ballet master for the Virginia Ballet theater. He has done collaborative projects with the Chrysler Museum (Rodin exhibit, the Murano glass exhibit and the Barbara Morgan photo exhibit about Martha Graham). He has done collaborative work with the Virginia Symphony as choreographer for the “Heroes and Human Rights Series”.
He is currently the Dance master at the Norfolk Academy where he teaches grades 2-12 ballet, jazz, creative class projects, musical theater, pointe, and stretch and strengthen classes for the faculty.
His latest collaboration will take him to Seattle Washington to work with international sculptor, Tim Mark, “Movement as response to Marble.” He will be traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand and to Melbourne ,Australia to perform, choreograph and teach, expanding the fusion of this theme. He was named teacher of the year in 1997 by the upper school student council. He was named teacher of the year in 2007 by the lower school and in 2011 he received the teacher of the year prize in the middle school. In the spring of this year the Chrysler museum asked Mr. Watson to choreograph a dance response for the Daniel Rozin interactive exhibit. He is currently a member of The Commission of Arts and Humanities for the city of Norfolk and he also serves as a master teacher for the Ballet Virginia International and for the city of Norfolk Dance Program. He is the founder of the Tidewater Dance Collective and The Elbert Watson Dance Company.