Originally from Washington, DC, Watson trained at the School of American Ballet and performed with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet before joining the corps de ballet of the Royal Danish Ballet in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed soloist and, in 2007, principal dancer.
Watson’s roles as a principal included Other Dances, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Teresina in Napoli, Kitri in Don Quixote, Anita in West Side Story, Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream, the Ballerina in Études, Myrtha in Giselle, Irma in Abdallah, Victorine in La Conservatoire, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Olga in Onegin, Sophie in
The Kings Volunteers on Amager, Effy in La Sylphide, Calypso and Kirke in The Odyssey, Eleonora and the pas de deux in The Kermesse in Bruges, Princess Henriette in The Little Mermaid, Mercedes in Don Quixote, Betsy in Anna Karenina and Babe in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away.
Her roles as a soloist included Prudence in Lady of the Camellias, pas de trois in Agon, Birthe in A Folk Tale, Anita in West Side Story Suite, Queen in The Cage and soloist parts in Chroma, Minus 7, Coming Together, Witness, Serenade, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Ballads Enclosed, In the Night, Vers un pays sage, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Napoli, A Folk Tale, Requiem, The Concert, Symphony in C, The Sleeping Beauty, Fancy Free, Hallelujah Junction, La Stravaganza, Petite Mort, Les Bras de Mer and Dances at a Gathering.
Watson created a leading role in Bournonville Fantasy by Thomas Lund, Jacopo Godani's Uncontaminated, the principal part in Jo Strømgren’s Air and in Jorma Elo's Lost on Slow and the soloist part in Anna Lærkesen's Wings and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's L' Homme de bois.
Watson has performed at Alexander Kølpin’s Copenhagen International Ballet as well as with soloists and principals of the Royal Danish Ballet at the Dance Salad Festival in Houston, Texas.
Watson has received a Helena Rubinstein Scholarship, a George Balanchine Scholarship, the Grant of Albert Gaubier (2004) and the Grant of Ulla Poulsen (2005). In 2011, she received the Order of the Dannebrog from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Watson made her debut with American Ballet Theatre in April 2014 as Myrta in Giselle in Minneapolis, Minnesota.