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.
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.
Besides just being fun, different dance genres help students to expand their vocabularies and find their personal expression.
We love our dance families, so feel free to visit during normal business hours and see what we do!
Please park behind building in our free lot off Michigan avenue; entrance is in the back also.
Please check schedules and hours of operation or call for an appointment! (407) 228-0005 (321-972-2975)
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FALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!! Download 2018-19 class schedule below.
1015 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789, United States
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Harwood-Watson starts little dancers at 4 years old in Creative Movement. When ready at 6 years old students begin Primary Ballet. From there, dancers may craft their own schedule of classes. If a dancer wishes for guidance to develop professionally our director (Eliza Watson) is happy to help craft the necessary schedule. HWDS also offers a children's performing dance company, "The Performers," for the students who want to perform more than just the End-Year Student Showcase (by audition only).
During our regular school year from August to June you are welcome to have your dancers come try out a class before registering if you are undecided. Student's attendance begins upon trial class. 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 (321) 972-2975 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
START THE YEAR DANCING!!! JUMP START is a program for the more serious dance students ages 8 and Up to take classes before the regular dance school year kicks in. Begin with ballet and try new dance genres every night! The week of Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16, 2018; 5pm-7:30pm. See Jump Start registration below for more information.
Harwood-Watson Performers is a children's non-competitive dance company for the dancers who want to perform throughout the school year in addition to the end year Student Showcase. Saturday class and rehearsals required. Audition for the Performers: Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm, ballet attire required. Please call to register ($35) or send in form for Jump Start (includes Audition).
OPEN HOUSE Registration Saturday, August 18 from 10:30am to 4;30pm.
HWDS 2018-19 School Year: August 20, 2018 to June 15, 2019.
Below, download our 2018-19 Class schedule grid , tuition fees, dress code, school policies, and more!
HWDS Student Showcase 2019 - our End-Year-Recital for all students - exact date is yet to be determined. It will be at Trinity Preparatory High School in Winter Park (5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, Florida 32792).
All dance classes Finale Rehearsal will be the day before (or Saturday before) Showcase (dates TBA; time 1:00-5:00pm) AT Harwood-Watson Dance Studios. Look for specific date for Finale rehearsal in April/May 2019 email.
Ballet (Ballet classes only) Rehearsals are Saturdays: Starting in May -no rehearsals Memorial Day Weekend- and in June from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. each Saturday. A total of four Saturdays BEFORE the performance are needed for rehearsal and dress rehearsal. (Again, no rehearsal or classes Memorial Day Weekend.)
For End-Year SHOWCASE, Creative Movements' Saturday rehearsals are ONLY from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturdays to be determined. This is to rehearse with full cast.
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