Emma was always the type to make up some strange dance in her bedroom and perform it to her parent’s dinner guests when they came around (including a Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer inspired Irish Dance piece). She has always loved to dance and after a bad experience with a Jazz class when I was 7, she took up Hip Hop in her early high-school days and knew she would stick to dance for as long as she could.
She began Hip Hop in high-school performing at the annual Canberran event, The Ausdance Dance Festival. She eventually extended into other classical styles such as Jazz and Lyrical to gain technical experience. She then found Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian styles in her adulthood and fell in love straight away with the energy, positive attitudes and rhythms in the music. Since training at Subsdance, she has pursued Samba and Dancehall.
She began Samba because it was competely different to all the classical styles that she grew up learning. The rhythm and movement seemed so foreign to her that she had to try it for a challenge. She also admired the costumes and how they accentuate the power of samba movements.
She has absolutely loved spreading the energy of Samba at the National Multicultural Festival with live drumming, a live band and seeing the audience get excited with the energy that this amazing style provides.
"For me, Samba is the energy in the music and the power in the movement." - Emma Pankhurst