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.
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. 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 14, 2017 begins our "Jump Start" dance week of two classes per evening (ages 8-18) to review classes and get a head-start with a new school year. Each night students take ballet and one other dance genre to try out the new classes and for the more serious student to prepare for the children's company audition. Below is the Jump Start week schedule. Each eve begins with Ballet from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and then 6:30-7:30 p.m. is a different genre. Ballet attire required. Please arrive early on Friday to register to audition.
Monday: Ballet + Hip Hop (5-7:30pm)
Tuesday: Ballet + Modern (5-7:30pm)
Wednesday: Ballet + Lyrical (5-7:30pm)
Thursday: Ballet + Musical Theater (5-7:30pm)
Friday: Company Audition (5-7pm)
Cost for All Week (Mon-Fri): $150
One Jump Start Eve (2 classes): $40
HW Performing Company Audition (only): $35
Call to reserve place: (407) 228-0005
Below, download Jump Start registration and email it to us.
Our new 2017-18 School Year begins Monday, August 21, 2017 and ends Saturday, June 16, 2018. Open House August 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please park in our lot off of Michigan Avenue behind our building, and enter at the back door under the black awning "Dance Entrance." You may also come in to register during Jump Start week during business hours.
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: email@example.com
Below, download our 2017-18 Class schedule grid.
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 classes Dress Rehearsal will be the day before (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.
Creative Movements ONLY come May 9, June 2 and June 9 from 3-5:00 p.m.
2017 - 2018 Class Grid Schedule
HWDS JUMP START registration 2017
HWDS Dress Code
Student Tuition Fees 2017-18
HWDS 2017-18 Holiday-Event Schedule
Studio Rental Form
HWDS School Policy
2017-2018 HWDS Student Registration Form
Individual Class Level Information Sheets!
2017-18 HWDS Class Schedule Grid (pdf)Download
HWDS 2017-18 Dress Code (pdf)Download
STUDENT Harwood-Watson Tuition Fees 2017-2018 (pdf)Download
HWDS Rental Agreement (pdf)Download
HWDS Studio Policies (pdf)Download
HWDS REGISTRATION form 2017-18 (pdf)Download
HW Class Level Sheets 2017-18 (pdf)Download
HWDS Jump Start REG 2017 (pdf)Download
2017-18 HWDS Holiday-Event Schedule (pdf)Download