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.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our dance families, so feel free to visit during normal business hours and see what we do!

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 3:30-7:30pm

Thursday 3:30-7:30pm

Friday HW Company 

Saturday 9:30am-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.  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).

Harwood-Watson Dance Studios

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 email us at: hwdancestudios@gmail.com    

Young dancers' Saturdays!  Primary 1-2 (ages 6-11) BALLET at 10:am.  

Starting Saturday, August 25, 2018 - reserve your spot for Creative Movement (ages 4-5) at 10:am.

ALSO NEW!!! Thursday's 7:15pm: ADULT Stretch/Conditioning!  For the beginner to the experienced for a good conditioning workout. Easy exercises that are more fun in the studio to good music! (Note: WILL continue same time/day during Summer Session. See summer schedule below.)

Below, download our 2017-18 Class schedule grid and more!  PLUS 2018 Summer Dance forms!

NEW! Summer dance Workshops (Intensive Classes) coming July 30! For all levels of dancers ages 10 + Up. Stay tuned for more information!

Harwood-Watson (End-Year) Student Showcase 2018 is Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm!!!

HWDS Student Showcase 2018 - our End-Year-Recital for all students - is Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Preparatory High School in Winter Park (5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, Florida 32792).  Afternoon Show time to be announced.

All dance classes Finale Rehearsal will be the day before Showcase (Saturday, June 9th TBA from 1:00-5:00pm) AT Harwood-Watson Dance Studios.  Look for specific time for Finale rehearsal in upcoming email.

Ballet (Ballet classes 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. Dress Rehearsal Saturday, June 9th 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

For End-Year SHOWCASE, Creative Movements' rehearsals are ONLY on Saturday June 2 (3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) and June 9 - Ballet + Finale Rehearsal  TBA. This is to rehearse with full cast.