Clara Grace Watts, a Mississippi native, received her BFA in dance education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds her dance licensure, K-12, and was the first dancer to have completed the dance education program at USM in three years. Prior to Belhaven University, Watts’ taught dance within the public school system for both middle and high school. Watts’ received her MFA in dance from Belhaven University, and she was honored to present her scholarly research at the National Dance Education Organization conferences, as both an individual and a panelist.
In addition to her collegiate duties, Watts’ continues to pursue other avenues of performance and instruction, such as showchoirs, musical theater, colorguards, winterguards, dance studios, and high school bands. Her performance with the 2008 Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corp in their show "Spartacus," where they won the Drum Corps International World Championships, stands as an highlight in her career. She currently serves as the resident choreographer for the Jackson Academy band program and the Mississippi Lions' All-state Band, who are the reigning international champions.