Harwood-Watson Dance Studios

Harwood-Watson Dance Studios


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Harwood-Watson Dance Studios is first a classical ballet (non-competition) school with a basis in Voganova style taught by Director/Founder Eliza Harwood-Watson.  Most other types of traditional and new dance are also offered including Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater (incl. Singing/Dancing/Acting).  HWDS hires professional staff and provides professional classrooms with proper floors, barres and mirrors.  HWDS also provides an opportunity for young dancers to audition and be a part of a performing dance company for the dancers who want to perform several times per year besides the annual end-of-year Showcase.  HWDS is the progression of a long line of ballet instuction in Orlando and its founders (including Kip Watson) established the original company Southern Ballet Theatre which grew into Orlando Ballet, Inc.

Dance is a healthy and fun activity that boosts a persons spirit.  Ballet is just a beautiful art form to study and everyone needs some positive and beautiful elements to life.  What I like is that I can help children and adults to enjoy learning dance in a healthy, safe and non-competitive environment while doing what I personally love to do!

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Winter Park, FL 32789
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students (Senior in High School and under) may come try any class for free one time, but for ballet placement the fee is $20; which includes assigned proper level for all classes.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Professional Ballet Principle dancer for twenty years.  Teacher, Choreographer, Company Ballet Mistress (Southern Ballet Theatre) and Owner/Director of Harwood-Watson Dance Studios.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes; please go to our website: www.hwdancestudios.com

How did you get started teaching?

My mother was a ballet teacher and I grew up with it.

What types of students have you worked with?

ALL types of students that can move.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our holiday performance event: High Tea 2016!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Do your homework and check the backgrounds and training of the teachers and the schools; make sure the dance floors are raised to help prevent stress on the joints.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is the student's goal?  To have fun? To train as a professional? How much time do you want and have to devote to training?