Tallahassee's Dancing Queen

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

You can never say Eloise Harbeson dances well for her age, because she dances well for any age. Born in the 1920's, dancing since the Great Depression and she's truly had the time of her life.

"When you come to dance, you dance. You don't think about anything else."

Eloise was born in Lloyd, Florida and settled into Tallahassee and Florida High. It was there that her love for dance picked up to a feverish pitch.

"We had our jute box and anytime you could get two student council members and a faculty member together you could dance. So we dance before school, after school, two minute period, lunch hour. We danced all the time."

And she's still dancing. Five to six days a week, and it's not uncommon for her to take five classes a day. She took a break to raise her children, a break that lasted almost four decades. But she's back on the floor and you'd never even know that she left.

"It's not uncommon if she has to miss, we'll call to see that she's ok," said Jim Hurst, franchisee of the Arthur Murray dance studio in Tallahassee.

Eloise says she learned from the great ones. The real professionals. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

"We watched the movies and picked it up from the movies. We danced all the time."

And now, 84 years later, Eloise is still dancing like there's no tomorrow. She's lived through and for Eloise, as long as she's dancing, tomorrow couldn't come soon enough.

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  • by Cynthia Location: Atlanta, GA on May 26, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    Truly a LOVELY piece about a LOVELY lady.
  • by Marjorie Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    Eloise is a wonderful person and dancer. She is a joy to know and be around. What a sharp lady!!
  • by Tricia Location: Tallahassee on May 22, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    Go Eloise! Inspiring and wonderful story- Thanks Channel 6!
  • by Tracy Location: Tallahassee on May 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    Miss Eloise is am inspiration to the whole Tallahassee dance community. EVERY ONE knows Miss Eloise, and many have learned to dance just because of her!
  • by Mitch Location: Lloyd, FL on May 21, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    What a neat lady. Great story.
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