Emily, a St.Louis native began her training under Alexandra Zaharias and Amy Scheers. She was a company member to the pre-professional company Alexandra Ballet Company for six years. She would travel each year with the company to participate in the RDA-Midwest festivals. During her young training, Emily took many master classes and attended summer programs including; Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Kansas City Ballet. She graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Dance and Arts Administration, training under Marek Cholewa and Michelle Jarvis. While at Butler University, she had the opportunity to study in St. Petersburg at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. After graduation, she was chosen to be a member of Nashville Ballet 2. The Alabama Ballet, under direction of Tracy Alvey, offered her a contract where she danced as an apprentice performing numerous company roles for two seasons.