Faculty

emilyunderwoodEmily Underwood, Founder & Director of EAU Dance has been dancing all her life and has been actively teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and modern for over fourteen years. She moved to East Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008 from Minnesota where she studied and performed with the Minnesota Ballet, St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota-Duluth, The Northwestern Ontario Dance Centre, Sterling Dance, Ressl Dance, and Christopher Watson Dance Company. Her choreography work and teaching experience encompasses working with students of all ages and abilities at the School of the Minnesota Ballet, Grand Marais Playhouse, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Visser Family YMCA, Moving Company, balletmore, Sterling Dance, and CARE Conservatory of Ballet. Emily was awarded the merit-based dance scholarship from St. Olaf College in 2003 and holds a B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations from The College of St. Scholastica. She has pursued her passion for movement at Pilates in East and has studied Balanced Body mat training with Master Teacher Ahme Bovee. Outside the studio, Emily is the Director of Development & Community Relations for i understand, a mental health non-profit organization. She and her husband welcomed their first child (a future dancer) into the world April 2017.

 

worthwilliamshagesWorth Williams Hages is a Broadway musical theatre performer and teaching artist.  While living in New York City, Worth played the role of Amber Von Tussle for the Fist National Tour of “Hairspray”. While on tour with the show, Worth performed at legendary theatres like The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle where “Hairspray “ originated. Worth had the pleasure of working with Tony award winning director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Worth studied at The Boston Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre. Over the course of 13 years in NYC, Worth taught musical theatre to students ranging in ages three to eighteen at TADA Youth Theatre, City Lights Youth Theatre, Wingspan Arts. She served as choreographer at The Brearley School and has directed productions of “Footloose” and “Hairspray” at The Young Actors Theatre in Florida.