TRAINING Emma Sandall trained at Academy Ballet Sydney where she completed all Royal Academy of Dancing examinations to Solo Seal. She took part in the Adeline Genée Awards in 1993 winning Silver and the Prix de Lausanne in 1994 winning a Bourse (scholarship). She continued her training at the Royal Ballet School and the Australian Ballet School. Through her subsequent international career she trained with renowned teachers such as Azari Plissetski, Maina Gielgud, Galina Panova, Renato Paroni di Castro, Antonia Francesci, Simon Dow, David Howard, Christine Anthony, Ivan Cavallari and Garry Trinder; and in different techniques including the Maggie Black Technique, Gaga (Winter Intensive course), and in various contemporary and improvisation practices. She has Certificate 4, Australian Institute of Fitness Personal Trainer and Roman Pilates Certification in the Reformer, Trap Table and Matt work.
PROFESSIONAL DANCE CAREER She has been a dancer with Béjart Ballet Lausanne, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Ludwig (an independent dance company) performing many solo and principal roles including Myrta, Queen of the Willis–Giselle (Cavallari after Perrot and Coralli); Choleric–Four Temperaments (Balanchine); Sugar Plum Fairy–Casse Noisette (Béjart); L’Elue–Sacre du Printemps (Béjart); Alice–Alice (Dow); Swanhilda–Coppelia (Parrott), Cinderella–Cinderella (Dow); Titania–A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Parrott); Step Lightly (Lightfoot); Pas de Six–Taming of the Shrew (Cranko); Kalmuk (Oetinen); Artifact Forsythe); Middlesex Gorge (Petronio); Cheating Lying Stealing (Page); Danse Arabe–Casse Noisette (Béjart); Juliet–Romeo and Juliet (Béjart), Altenberg (Béjart), Mutationx (Béjart) and Clara–The Nutcracker (Cavallari).
CHOREOGRAPHY In 2009, she established an independent dance company in Perth to create and perform original works. These include: Fleck&Flecker, a full length dance and animation work (co-created with Cass Mortimer-Eipper) performed at Subiaco Arts Centre in Perth in 2012 and awarded Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, West Australian Dance Awards in 2013; BodySong, a short solo work and a finalist in the Stuttgart Solo Dance Theater Festival March 2012; Crossing Satie, a short solo work performed at the Premio Roma Danza international choreography competition winning Bronze in 2011 and also presented at Impulstanz Festival Expressions where she had an artistic residency in 2011; La Jeune Fille et la Mort, a full length duo work co-created with Sthan Kabar-Louet and performed in Noumea in 2010. She also created duos for contestants in So You Think You Can Dance Australia in 2010. In 2015 she directed and oversaw the dance projection to accompany Ben Folds’ Concerto in Declassified at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC.
TEACHING 2009–2015 As a freelance teacher and coach she has taught classes and held workshops at schools and companies around the world including The Nashville Ballet, Ga’aton Workshop, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Israeli Ballet (Israel); Rudra Lausanne and IgoKat School (Switzerland); Sydney Dance Company, Brent Street Academy, Ev&Bow and Academy Ballet (Sydney); Strut Dance, Ludwig, Link Dance Company and Academie Etoiles (Perth); Dance Creation and Dance Your Heart Out–Ausdance Victoria (Melbourne).
WRITING Emma writes regularly for Dance Australia Magazine and is published in Dance Europe Magazine and GI News.