Emma began her dancing career in Launceston with Stompin. In 2001 she performed for Ten Days on the Island in Stompin's Placement and in 2004 she returned to the company for Creative Workshop, which was performed at the 2004 Next Wave Festival. In 2002 she moved to Melbourne to study dance at Deakin University.
In 2004 Emma collaborated on and performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival show Lamplight versus the Moon. This production was selected to feature as part of the 2004 Graduate Showcase held in December at Dancehouse in Melbourne. In 2005 Emma undertook an Honours at Deakin University researching the collaborative process and co-choreographed the Tasdance education project Microscope, and was Assistant Director of the 2005 Melbourne Fringe Festival show Dance Path.
In 2006 Emma choreographed for Stompin as part of the Outback Fringe Festival in Roxby Downs and co-choreographed the 2006 annual education project Dry as a Bone for Tasdance. In November 2006 she performed in Tasdance's Illuminations 3. Emma worked with Jay Watson in 2007 to co-choreograph the White Light education project and again in 2008 for the Planet Earth education project. In 2009 Emma choreographed and taught with Gavin Clarke for Tasdance's community project Let's Get it Strait. Emma was appointed as the Artistic Director of Stompin Youth Dance Company in 2010.