Emma Sandall was born in Australia and studied at the Academy Ballet Sydney. 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, and in various contemporary and improvisation practices.
She has been a dancer with the 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), Bolero (Zuska); 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), among others.
In 2009, she established (with Cass Mortimer-Eipper) 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.
She is a freelance teacher and coach and has taught classes and held workshops at schools and companies around the world including 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).
Emma is currently the Sydney correspondent for Dance Australia Magazine and Dance Europe Magazine as well as a free-lance teacher. choreographer and dancer.