About the Owners

Justin and Will Sears-Watson, owners of Phoenix Rising Dance Company on a typical day off.

Justin and Will founded and have owned Phoenix Rising Dance Studios since 2016. Originally located on the northwest side of Indy, Phoenix Rising moved to their current location and reopened in June of 2019.

Justin Sears-Watson is a very accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer. He began is professional career in Chicago, IL after studying at Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. From there he has been a company member at Giordano and Thodos Dance Chicago. In 2012, Justin moved to Indianapolis where he spent six seasons dancing with Dance Kaleidoscope while teaching at prestigious dance studios around the city. He is now the Artistic Director of Phoenix Rising Dance Studios and Phoenix Rising Dance Company. He also continues to teach at the Collegiate level at Indiana University and Butler University, as well as for Arts for Learning.

Will Sears-Watson is a seasoned and well-traveled hairdresser and salon owner. After he and Justin were married in 2012, they pooled their talents in business and the arts and founded Indianapolis Contemporary Dance Company, later renamed Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Will serves as the Executive Director of both companies and also works with Child Advocates, representing and advocating for children going through the foster care system in court.