BTSCelebs:Who is Teddy Watler?
Teddy Watler: I am originally from California, but I moved to Chicago in 2013 to begin my undergraduate studies. Though I have always loved ballet, I also knew I wanted to receive a college education. Now in my senior year, I am happy to continue pursuing dance as a member of the A&A Ballet Youth Company.
What piqued your interest in dance?
My parents offered to enroll me in dance classes after I saw my first production of “The Nutcracker” at the age of four, and I have been dancing ever since.
Tell us about your first dance recital.
I first performed in the Long Beach Ballet Academy’s production of “Coppélia” when I was four years old, not too long after beginning ballet classes. I do not remember the experience too well, but I do remember falling in love with dance—it was an exciting introduction to performing onstage!
How has your tenure been with A&A Ballet this past season?
I have had an enjoyable year working under Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik at A&A Ballet. It has been a good experience; I am grateful to have danced with a friendly cohort of young artists in a supportive environment.
Why did you choose to be apart of “Cinderella”?
As a member of the A&A Ballet Youth Company, performing in “Cinderella” seemed like an obvious decision. We have spent many months rehearsing the production. I am especially happy with how the final pas de deux between “Cinderella” and the prince has come along in rehearsals, and I hope Chicago audiences will enjoy it, too.
What traits do you share with the fantasy Prince Charming? How do you differ?
I admire Prince Charming’s commitment to searching for his true love, “Cinderella”, after she leaves the ball at midnight. But I’m not sure I’d chase a love interest across the world after just one night of dancing!
What can we anticipate from you in the upcoming the 2017-2018 season?
I’ll be moving back to the west coast to join Oregon Ballet Theater 2. I am excited to find out what next year holds!
“Cinderella” plays at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago,IL. on Saturday, May 27th at 7PM.
* BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to Teddy Watler and A&A Ballet for the interview and photos.*