Emma grew up in Tamworth, a medieval town in Staffordshire, England, with her twin sister, Kelly. At the age of four, Emma studied ballet at Novelli Stage School but she did not compete in Latin American and Ballroom until she was ten. When fifteen, Emma appeared in a George Michael music video, which was shot at the beautiful Rivoli Ballroom, London & featured music styles through George’s life.
In 2005, at the age of sixteen, Emma starred in the stage show ‘Simply Ballroom’ as Principal Latin Dancer, which toured the UK, UAE and South Africa. While still performing on Simply Ballroom, Emma won the 2005 British Under 21 Latin American Championship at Blackpool and the 2006 UK Under 21 Latin American Championship at Bournemouth. At this time Emma was ranked in the world top 20 for under 21 Latin and was representing England at all levels. In 2007, Emma appeared in the Universal Pictures movie ‘Mamma Mia’ with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. Emma also sang on the soundtrack for the movie.
Later that year Emma featured in ‘Dirty Dancing’ at the Aldwych theatre in London’s West End. Emma also featured in the successful West End shows ‘Latin Fever’ and ‘Cheek to Cheek’ during 2007-2008.
In 2009, Emma joined the multi-Emmy nominated Latin and Ballroom show ‘Burn the Floor’ for the world tour and residency on Broadway at the beautiful Longacre Theatre, Broadway, New York. In 2012, Emma was invited to join season 14 of Dancing with the Stars in Hollywood. Initially as a troupe member Emma progressed to Pro for season 17 with comedian Bill Engvall with whom she reached the final. Other celebrity partners include actor Billy Dee Williams, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and singer Redfoo.
In the early summer of 2012 Emma choreographed Usher at the prestigious 2012 Billboard American Music Awards, Live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2014/15 Emma starred in the highly successful Dancing with the Stars Live Tour show. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, along with other DWTS cast members, Emma performed live in front of thousands of fans at 39 different venues across USA. The tour was a total sell out & received rave reviews.
In 2015 Emma and partner Redfoo became the first ever couple to do a live-stream rehearsal for Dancing with the Stars. Emma later became the first pro to do a live fitness class on All Access DWTS. Emma also hosted Dancing with the Stars All Access Live with co-host Gethin Jones.
Emma – Griffith Park Observatory Shoot 2014 and Dancing with the Stars at Sea 2014