Biography

Emma is from Tamworth, a medieval town in the centre of England. She started dancing at the age of five when she joined a local stage school. Emma was immediately hooked on theatre and took part in a number of local productions.

When Emma was ten she was introduced to ballroom and latin dance for the first time. After a while she started to compete. Emma went on to win many titles and was by now sponsored by Supadance and receiving training from the top teachers in the world.

Emma continued her stage and film career featuring in a George Michael music video (Round Here) filmed on location in London. She also featured in Lilia Kopylova’s fitness video ‘Latinasize’ with Lilia. In 2005, aged just 16, Emma joined the cast of Simply Ballroom touring the UK (Including London’s West End) United Arab Emirates and South Africa, where she appeared on SA Strictly Come Dancing. Later that year Emma and her partner won the 2005 British Under 21 Latin American Championship at Blackpool, England. Now representing England at all levels and ranked in the worlds top 20, Emma followed this success by winning the 2006 United Kingdom Under 21 Latin American Championships at Bournemouth, England.

Towards the end of 2007 Emma featured in the Universal Pictures movie Mamma Mia directed by Phyllida Lloyd with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. Emma played one of Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) friends and also sang on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for the movie.

After Mamma Mia, Emma joined the cast of Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End directed by James Powell. Emma was the Feature Latin Dancer, she also understudied and played the principal role of Lisa Houseman.

Emma continued her experience of London’s West End with the shows ‘Cheek to Cheek’ at the Coliseum, also ‘Latin Fever’ at The Peacock Theatre, West End and Symphony Hall Birmingham. In 2009 Emma joined Burn The Floor initially for the China tour 2009. However later that year Emma joined the cast at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, New York City. In between the residency on Broadway and the world tour Emma found time to appear on ITV1’s Popstars to Operastars three times becoming the programme ballroom advisor. At the beginning of 2010 Emma started the Burn the Floor world tour dates including Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Florida, New Zealand, West End London, a nine month USA multi-city tour (including Hollywood LA), Belgium, Holland and UK.

In early 2012 Emma joined ABC’s prime time show Dancing with the Stars Season 14 in USA - dancing in the Troupe and Choreographing, Emma appeared on all episodes in season 14 including the final. In total Emma danced 15 numbers for the hit TV show.

In the early Summer of 2012 Emma continued her creative work by choreographing Usher at the prestigious 2012 Billboard American Music Awards, Live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

After DWTS season 14 finished Emma joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars Las Vegas, hosted at the wonderful Tropicana - Las Vegas Strip. Due to it’s success the Vegas DWTS show is set to run into August 2012.

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