Devan Watring, from Kansas City, Missouri, is a protégé of Robert L. Reed. She began dancing at four years old and was no stranger to dance competitions and summer theater. She studied all styles of dance and jumped at every opportunity to take master classes and learn from different instructors. For a short time, Devan was even a member of a youth ballet company.
It was Tom Land that first introduced Devan to “rhythm” tap. Coming from two parents that were percussionists, and being one herself, she had a natural ear for rhythms and syncopation, that provide the foundation for her dance. Devan has choreographed competitive tap routines and shared her tap in dance workshops for several studios in the Kansas City area. She has received numerous choreography awards, her first being before she even graduated from high school.
Devan expanded her study of tap when she attended the St. Louis Tap Festival, founded by Robert L. Reed, grandson and protégé of Maceo Anderson, one of the original Four Step Brothers. She was then asked to be a member of the St. Louis Hoofers, and since, has performed in All That Tap at the St. Louis Tap Festival, TAPathetically Speaking at the Chicago Tap Summit, the first annual Oklahoma City tap festival, and assisted under Shea Sullivan, protégé of Dr. Henry LeTang, at the DMA convention in NYC.
Devan has had the extraordinary opportunity to learn from legendary icons such as Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Harold Cromer, Arthur Duncan, Dr. Prince Spencer, Miriam Nelson, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, and Marion Coles to name a few.
Devan attended Oklahoma City University as a Dance Perfomance major. During which, she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. After only a year, she moved to New York City where she worked for Disney, both in NYC and on Disney Cruise Line. She also had the opportunity of assisting crossbow shooter Ben Blaque on Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, making it all the way to the semifinals.
Devan currently resides in Branson, Missouri, where she was a singer and dancer at Silver Dollar City, was a rider in Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, and for a short time, played Marcia Brady in “Lunch with the Brady Bunch” with Barry Williams.
More recently she had the privilege of joining the US cast of the Dirty Dancing National Tour where she was an ensemble dancer/singer, understudied Baby and Lisa Houseman, and eventually stepped up to Assistant Dance Captain/Swing.