Elizabethton location- 601 Race St. Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone Numbers- (423) 543-3361
Bristol Location- 1742 Edgemont Ave. # B, Bristol, TN 37620
Phone Numbers- (423) 844-0428
Watts Dance Studio first opened its doors in 1952 by Ann Haynes Watts. At the time, it was known as Ann Haynes dance studio, later Ann Haynes Watts Dance Studio and now just Watts Dance Studio. Students took classes at the Lynwood hotel, and later the studio was moved to its current location. Ann runs the Elizabethton location alongside her daughter, Chrisann Watts Tull, and Jaime Lipford. Ann began teaching classes in Bristol as well, and later her daughter, Carolee Watts Hacker, continued those classes. Classes were taught at the Y.M.C.A. before it moved to its current location. Carolee runs the Bristol location alongside Jaime Lipford.
Ann's original hope for starting the studio was to bring quality dance training to all children, regardless of cost. Ann continues to offer affordable dance trainings so every child may experience the joy of dance.
Watts Dance Studio Showcase Dancers
The showcase dancers are an auditioned group of performers who perform regionally at various events aroundTennessee and Virginia. The showcase dancers are comprised of showcase kids, fourth and fifth graders; showcase juniors, the junior high dancers; showcase dancers, high school dancers and college students; and showcase elite, college age and older dancers. Ann has always wanted the students to be involved in the communities and perform whenever they are asked. They dance at the Arby's classic, basketball games, in the Elizabethton and Bristol Christmas parades, in the Independence day parades, at the Covered Bridge days of Elizabethton, and at the taste of Carter County. They enjoy entertaining and helping out at local events.
Every year the showcase dancers perform the annual showcase show, which consists of a children's story through dance and the dances they have worked on throughout the year to contemporary music. They also take the show into the schools, perform the story for the children, and then donate a book to the library to keep the arts prevalent in schools. Past shows have included "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "The Little Mermaid," "The Jungle Book," "Peter Pan," "Seussical:the musical," "Aladdin," and most recently "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."