Tevfik Bayram Vatansever, born in Williamsburg, Virginia, began his dance training at the age of fifteen with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre, under the direction of John and Karena Brock-Carlyle. He finalized his pre-professional training by invitation of Stanislav Issaev at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Tevfik’s passion and ability for dance was further honed by dance masters from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Moscow Classical Ballet, Istanbul State Ballet and Opera, and Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. Notable roles; Rumplestiltskin in Michael and Olga Wise's original production, performed at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoletto Festival, Peter Pan in Lazlo Berdo's original production Peter Pan the Ballet, Genie in Hernan Justo’s Arabian Nights, with the Carolina Ballet Theatre, Emeralds in Balanchine's Jewels under the direction of Stacy Calvert, at the University of South Carolina. In conjunction with his ballet career, Tevfik Vatansever obtained a degree in business economics, a directive study in cultural industries, and a masters in international business from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. He also earned a masters in international management from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Vatansever is currently serving as Director of Dance for the Turkish-American Art Society of New York. When not on stage, Tevfik serves as a freelance guest teacher for universities, pre-professional schools, and regional dance companies in the United States, as well as internationally with Yoko Kasai Ballet Studio in Fujinomiya, Japan.