Job Title: RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER
Other roles: Tap and Jazz Tutor
What was your dream job when you were growing up?
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be creative and choreograph. I have memories of being very young and forcing my sister to be involved in creating various types of dances in my bedroom much to her disapproval at the time.
I always wanted to perform and loved to dance at every chance.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
I am not going to say ‘worst’ as every job I have had to do has taught me something, but I have had the pleasure of working in many interesting situations. I think the most interesting was working in a factory over a summer during the school break packing perfume. That was hard work and thank goodness I had some coordination as you have to be very fast to pack those bottles at speed!!!!!!!!
What first got you interested in dance/singing/choreography?
Well the story as my mum tells it is my Cousins were going to dance class and my Aunty suggested that I should go for fun!!! That was when I was 2, 31 years later I am still doing what I Iove and I feel so lucky that I was taken to that dance class all those years ago.
What is the most memorable performance you have seen?
I have been so lucky to have seen so many fantastic performances over the years but I have to say the most memorable was one that I saw only last year. I was in New York to take auditions and flew into the city on my own. I literally dumped my bag at the hotel and walked straight to the Lyric Theatre on 42nd street. On The Town had started its previews just the day before, I bought a ticket and saw the show that evening. It is one of the most beautiful shows I have seen for a long time. Everything was just so incredible. The whole company were outstanding and the choreography was perfect from beginning to end.
What is/are your favourite dance move/song lyrics?
Right now this song is beautiful to me.
Who do you most admire, and why?
Anyone who knows me will know that Susan Stroman is the biggest inspiration to me. There are not many female Musical Theatre choreographers that are a big success and I think she is the best. I have always been so inspired by her work and have actually had the pleasure of meeting her once. I have learnt so much from being lucky enough to see many of her productions. An incredible woman.
Who would you most like to dance with/sing for/perform with?
Gene Kelly or Cyd Charrise. Icons of dance and again big inspirations for me.
What would your super power be?
To travel through time.
What do you wish you had more time to do?
I love working and it is what drives me. Sometimes I wish I had more time to relax, but there is always something to do or work on. I love dance and theatre and feel so lucky that I am still working and doing what I love every day.
Everyone knows I love a quote so I will leave you with one of my favourites.
‘It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together’
Find out more about Emma’s background and career here – Emma Rogers