Welcome to Harwood-Watson Dance Studios

About Us

  Director Eliza Harwood-Watson founded Harwood-Watson Dance Studios in Orlando in 1997 with husband Kip Watson after handing over Southern Ballet Theater (Orlando Ballet) to new management. Harwood-Watson is based upon the concept that within each individual student there is a seed to be nourished.  The art and discipline of dance involves commitment, design, rhythm, patterns and movement that is enriching to all whether or not a child pursues a career in dance.  We welcome all ages and experience levels encouraging the growth and development of the “artist within” while emphasizing proper dance technique.   

Classical Ballet Training

Eliza Harwood-Watson understands that it takes time to develop technique and artistry, and she really enjoys teaching children and adults; her technique is based upon Vaganova style classical ballet.

Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Musical-Theater, Contemporary

Besides just being fun, different dance genres help students to expand their vocabularies and find their personal expression.

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Please check schedules and hours of operation or call for an appointment! (407) 228-0005  (321-972-2975)


E-mail: hwdancestudios@gmail.com


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Harwood-Watson Dance Studios

1015 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789, United States

(407) 228-0005

Hours (Starting August 21, 2017)

Monday 10-11:30am

Monday 3:30-7:30pm

Tuesday 3:30-7:30pm

Wednesday 10-11:30am

Wednesday 3:00-7:30pm

Thursday 3:00-7:30pm

Friday HW Company 

Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Sunday Closed

Information & Messages

Dance is a discipline, but it should be fun too!

Harwood-Watson starts little dancers at 4 years old in Creative Movement. When ready at 6 years old students begin Primary Ballet.  If they want to they may take Lil' Tappers also starting at age 4.  From there, dancers may craft their own schedule of classes.  If a dancer wishes for guidance to develop professionally the director is happy to help craft the necessary schedule. HWDS also offers a "Children's Company" for the students who want to perform more than just the End-Year Student Showcase.

August 21, 2017 is the first day of Classes at HWDS!

You are welcome to have your dancers come try out a class before registering if you are undecided.  Ballet classes require ballet attire including hair in a ballet bun (Ballet level placement fee is $20 if above Primary 2). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us: (407) 228-0005 or email us at: hwdancestudios@gmail.com


NEW to HWDS (Saturdays): Still room in our very young dancers' classes SATURDAY morning!


Below, download our 2017-18 Class schedule grid.



Harwood-Watson (End-Year) Student Showcase 2018 is Sunday, June 10, 2018

HWDS Student Showcase 2018 - our End-Year-Recital for all students - is Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Trinity Preparatory High School in Winter Park (5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, Florida 32792).  


All dance classes Dress Rehearsal will be the day before Showcase (Saturday, June 9th from 1:00-5:00pm) AT Harwood-Watson Dance Studios.  


Ballet (only) Rehearsals are Saturdays: May 12, May 19, (Off -no rehearsals- Memorial Day Weekend), and June 2, 2018 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. each Saturday. 


For End-Year SHOWCASE, Creative Movements' rehearsals are ONLY on May 9, June 2 and June 9 from 3-5:00 p.m.  This is to rehearse with full cast.