Frequently Asked Questions

Is previous dance experience required to take a class?
No. Children and adults without any dance experience are welcome at EAU Dance! There are several classes that are intended for experienced dancers, however. Ballet is required for students enrolling in Youth Jazz and Youth Tap. Ballet is encouraged but not required for students enrolling in Teen / Adult Jazz, Modern, and Rhythm Tap.

What is the dress code?
Parent/Child Class – Comfortable, fitness apparel
Creative Movement I & II – Leotard and tights, ballet slippers, hair pulled back
Pre-Ballet – Pink leotard and tights, ballet shoes, hair in bun
Youth Ballet – Black leotard and tights, ballet shoes, hair in bun
Youth Jazz – Fitness apparel (leotard, tights, yoga pants, tank), jazz shoes or barefoot
Youth Tap – Fitness apparel (leotard, tights, yoga pants, tank), tap shoes with socks
Teen / Adult Ballet – Black leotard and tights, ballet shoes, hair in bun
Teen / Adult Modern, Jazz, Rhythm Tap – Comfortable, fitness apparel with appropriate shoes or barefoot
Boys / Men – White t-shirt, black leggings or sport pants with appropriate shoes or barefoot

In order to achieve proper technique and alignment, all students must adhere to the dress code. Form-fitting clothing provides the instructor the ability to make corrections and allows the dancer to move with ease. Warm-ups (cardigans, long sleeve tees, leg-warmers) are allowed for the beginning of class. Students who do not come to class with the proper dance apparel may be asked to sit out.

When is payment due?
Tuition is due in full before the start of each session (winter/spring, summer, fall/winter).
Registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Where is the studio?
EAU Dance is conveniently located in the heart of Gaslight Village, East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Classes take place at 2249 Wealthy Street SE, Suite 230, the home of Pilates in East.

Who is the dance teacher?
Emily Underwood, Founder & Director of EAU Dance is the primary instructor.

Do dancers participate in competitions?
No, clients at EAU Dance do not participate in competitions, however EAU Dance does encourage all clients to take part in a variety of unique performing opportunities throughout the year.

Can parents and students observe class?
Parents and guardians are not permitted in the studio during class. Students of all ages perform their best when they are able to concentrate without distraction. There will be special parent/friend watch days scheduled for observation. Registered students who are recovering from injury are welcome to observe class and are encouraged to take notes.

Are there performance opportunities?
Yes! EAU Dance provides optional, performing opportunities for students throughout each session, including a recital in May.

Can clients join mid-session?
Yes, dancers may register for a class at any time during the session. Please be advised that students benefit the most from attending each class in the session as the curriculum and difficulty of steps progress over time. Payment of the session will not be pro-rated based on attendance or time of registration.

Are walk-in classes available?
Yes, walk-in classes are available for the Teen/Adult division, based on availability. Individual walk-in classes are $15. Online registration for classes is encouraged and is the most economical way to enjoy dance classes throughout the session.

What does the dance session calendar look like?
Classes are offered in three sessions each year: fall/winter (September – December), winter/spring (January – May), and summer. See the calendar with class dates for the current and upcoming session. Class dates correspond with the East Grand Rapids Public Schools vacation schedule.