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 fifteen 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 AIR Aerial Fitness and studied Balanced Body Pilates mat training with Master Teacher Ahme Bovee (2015) and has received her certification in Aerial Yoga & Fitness (2018). 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 a baby girl (a future dancer) into the world April 2017. Emily teaches Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz and Tap at EAU Dance.

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. Worth teaches Musical Theatre workshops at EAU Dance.

Mr. Torrey (2)Mr. Torrey Thomas believes that dance is one the greatest forms of expression, allowing students the opportunity for creative expression and physical fitness. He’s dedicated to helping students develop confidence, enhance self-esteem, and value the rewards derived from hard work and commitment. Specializing in Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Adult Dance Classes, his infectious “Torreyisms” such as “Take it from the T.O.P.“, “Si Si” and “God Bless” make his style of teaching priceless, all while keeping his students challenged and wanting more. Mr. Torrey regularly choreographs for musicals across West Michigan and is part of the dance faculty at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Mr. Torrey teaches Hip Hop at EAU Dance.

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Sophie Schuller grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is currently a college student. She has been dancing for thirteen years, and has studied dance at the East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble, EAU Dance, and is also independently studying tap dance. She has studied theatre at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts and has loved being part of the dance and performing arts community. Sophie is a certified Zumba instructor and loves being able to explore Latin based dances and rhythms. Sophie teaches Zumba Fitness and Tap at EAU Dance.