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|“||She's abrasive, she's annoying, she's in-your-face. But despite that, I really like her.||”|
Emily is introduced as a long-time dancer on A-Troupe, as well as a bossy dance captain and proclaimed ruler of the E-Girls. Albeit, her position at the top is threatened once Michelle arrives; she is ultimately demoted as dance captain, and E-Girls disbands. While taking this change to heart at first, Emily eventually sees it as an opportunity to better herself and accepts Michelle's eventual offer of being co-captain.
Emily injures her knee in the semi-final round at Nationals, effectively ending her dance career forever. Needing to move on, Emily attends business school and graduates at the top of her class.
Before the show
Emily started attending The Next Step Dance Studio at age 2 and had been at the studio for 14 years as of Season 2. She was a member in all of the classes offered at the studio—Baby Ballet, B-Troupe, J-Troupe, and A-Troupe.
Now entering her third year in A-Troupe, Emily is still the leader of E-Girls. She grows irate when Michelle—a dancer from Madison, Wisconsin—joins the studio.
After making it into A-Troupe for the third time, Emily is certain that she will be Dance Captain again and is flabbergasted when Kate and Chris wish to give Michelle a shot at the title. To ensure that she retains the position, Emily forces Stephanie to ruin Michelle's routine, allowing Emily to remain Dance Captain. From that point on, Emily does everything in her power to make Michelle feel unwelcome.
Emily eventually discovers that Michelle has been leading a secret dance in an attempt to dethrone her as Dance Captain. In spite, Emily lies to Kate that Michelle has been bullying her, and shows Kate a text that Stephanie and Tiffany planted, claiming that it is from Michelle. When Kate cannot find Michelle's phone to verify that the text is from her, Emily admits that things have been wrong ever since Michelle arrived and reveals that she knows about the secret routine. Emily is forced to watch the routine after which a vote for who should be Dance Captain is held. She is devastated when Stephanie is the only person who votes for her, causing her to lose her title. Emily grows piteous and resentful at the betrayal of her fellow dancers and comes to dislike Michelle even more. She also comes to realize that, seeing as Stephanie is the only female still standing by her, E-Girls is over.
Needing support more than ever, Emily finds a new liking for Eldon. She is appreciative of him when he assists her in learning Michelle's new choreography and grows very close to him. One day, as Eldon consoles her about Michelle placing her in the back row, Emily kisses Eldon, shortly followed by the commencement of their romantic relationship. Emily realizes that she can no longer be at The Next Step, and without notifying any of the members of A-Troupe, leaves with Stephanie to audition for Elite Dance Academy. Even though Stephanie does not make it into the studio, Emily does and goes forth in attending, creating a rift in her relationship with Stephanie. Emily struggles with fitting into the new atmosphere, of which she confides in Eldon about. Nonetheless, she rejects A-Troupe's plead for her to return, especially since she knows that they are only asking her to return because Daniel injured himself. Emily begins to move up the ranks at Elite and feels as though she is finally fitting in until she overhears Amanda and Lucien conversing about their plan to kick her out before Regionals. Now aware of the fact that Elite never actually cherished her as a dancer, she returns to The Next Step.
Emily's attitude shifts with her return to A-Troupe and she vows not to stir up any drama. Upon her arrival, Emily reconciles with Stephanie. After motivating the team when they are defeated by Seeds in a dance battle, she is asked by Michelle to be co-captain, a position that she eventually accepts.
As Eldon begins to distance himself from her, Emily grows suspicious of Michelle and Eldon's relationship. At Regionals, she finally confronts Eldon and asks him if he has feelings for Michelle, to which he concurs. Emily is heartbroken and reflects upon how Michelle receives everything on a silver platter. Although elated when her team wins the competition, she remains devastated about her break-up, and shoots Michelle a look after retrieving the trophy.
Emily hasn't spoken to anybody since Regionals. Emily arrives at the studio's party, attempting to be calm and collected, but actually conveying the true nature of her emotional damage. In an attempt to prevent further misconceptions, Emily publicly reveals that Eldon is no longer dating her, but is instead dating Michelle. Despite pretending that she is okay with Michelle and Eldon dating, Emily still wants to be with Eldon.
It seems as though the perfect fix is on the horizon when Hunter, a boy that Michelle danced with in Madison, arrives. Emily decides to take part in his plan, hoping that she will get Eldon back. As the plan is set into motion and begins to work, Emily realizes that she is developing feelings for Hunter. One day she asks him to go see a concert with her, but discovers that he is already going to the same concert with Michelle. After Hunter and Michelle's date, Emily approaches Hunter, who admits that while on his date with Michelle, he wasn't thinking about Michelle, but was thinking about her. She is kissed by him, and she confesses that the kiss is everything she has ever wanted a kiss to be. Emily begins dating Hunter.
While at the mall, Emily sees Amanda speaking to Lucien about her plan to prevent the team from getting to Nationals and realizes that she is a double agent. Emily isn't necessarily shocked, as she had previously warned the others that letting Amanda onto the team was a bad idea, but decides that she needs to tell somebody nonetheless. Emily notifies Riley of the news, resulting in Riley creating a plan to make everybody hate her so that Amanda will trust her, making it easier to take her down. Emily likes the plan, but knows that nobody will believe that Riley is mean and takes the task unto herself. After yelling at Riley while she auditions for the Nationals solo, the dancers immediately turn on her.
Emily is devastated at how easily the team turned on her, but knows that she must continue on with the plan for the sake of the team. Emily goes forth with the plan and makes the team believe that she has resorted to her old ways. Emily tries to gain Amanda's trust, and is eventually forced by Amanda to break-up with Hunter in order to prove her loyalty to her, to which Emily unhappily complies. Emily is taken under Amanda's wing and is forced to take part in her countless schemes to disadvantage the team. Although Emily complies, she tries her utmost to make all of the plans backfire. Emily is suspended from the studio when she is suspected of stealing the Nationals money, although it is ultimately Amanda's doing. She becomes officially crestfallen and believes that all hope is lost but, with Riley's help, the truth is revealed. Thus, Emily is let back into the studio and apologized to.
Emily begins to see West in a new light after witnessing him putting money in the books at Culture Shock. She is eventually asked out by him while they are at Nationals. Emily would like to go on a date with West, but has become so unconfident in herself that she has a hard time believing that he truly likes her. Before the team is to perform in the semi-finals, she is presented with a book about fire fairies via West, mythical creatures that West believes she is like. Emily is newly enlightened and tells him that if he dances well in the semi-final routine, she'll consider going on a date with him. Emily is confident as she dances in the semi-finals, but steps wrong during the routine and badly injures her knee. She limps off of the stage after the performance and tearfully realizes that she cannot dance in the finals, a concept that is verified by a physiotherapist.
When Emily overhears Amanda expressing her wish to dance in Emily's place, Emily urges Kate to let her, knowing that she is the team's only hope at winning. She is elated when The Next Step wins Nationals and is met with a kiss from West after the routine.
Emily continues to struggle with her injury. When she is approached by West while practicing at the ballet bar, Emily realizes that too much is going on in her life for her to date West, and remains his friend.
After a doctor's appointment, Emily discovers that she won't be able to dance for up to a year; her knee is so badly injured that if she dances on it she could damage it permanently. Emily refuses to listen to the doctor, knowing that she has to participate in the impending dance battles for a chance at being on the Internationals team. She tells Stephanie about the true nature of her injury, but makes Stephanie promise not to tell anybody about it. Emily approaches her teammates and lies that her knee is healed, but Riley reveals the truth. Emily is forced to leave the studio indefinitely and falls out with Stephanie, angry that she broke her promise and told Riley.
Emily is initially devastated at being unable to dance, but comes to terms with her fate with the help of the Dance Captain Diary. Having to pass it down to somebody else, Emily gives the journal to Richelle since she sees potential in her as a future Dance Captain.
After seeing Stephanie dance one day, Emily realizes that Stephanie belongs on A-Troupe and urges Stephanie to audition for the open spot. When met with Stephanie's hesitation, Emily thrusts her into the audition.
Emily arrives at The Next Step with the intention of getting Riley back on track and getting the team to Regionals, upon Michelle's request.
Emily advises Riley to break up with James.
After Noah admits that he can no longer do the duet, Emily urges Riley to ask James to dance at the qualifier. When James refuses, Emily urges him to compete, which he does after flipping a coin. After the team wins the qualifier and as James prepares to return to London, Emily urges him to have faith in his relationship with Riley.
Emily announces that she is the new studio head and that Daniel is her choreographer. Wishing her team to be a team of purely technical and disciplined dancers, Emily does not pick any hip-hop dancers, breakdancers, J-Troupers, or doubters onto her team. Emily promises Michelle that she will be more utilized on her team than she was previously, but is upset when Michelle questions her choices and eventually quits A-Troupe in favour of forming her own troupe. Emily believes that Kate would never allow such a thing, but surely enough, she has; Michelle will be head of TNS West, while she will be the head of TNS East.When Michelle frantically approaches her upon the news that only one of their teams can compete at Regionals, Emily proposes that their teams compete against each other for the spot, although she finds it apparent that her team will win. Although, wanting the competition to be fair, Emily gives Michelle a cheque so that she can pay for more dancers.
When Emily is dance captain, she is bossy, judgmental, and harsh to her teammates; she just about says "no" to everything, especially in regards to her peers' ideas. She is also a very loud "mouthpiece" who strives for perfection and is extremely high-maintenance, as seen through her hatred for public transportation. Although this persona appears to reign for much of her initial appearance, it is partially a wall that Emily puts up in the hopes that her peers will respect her.
Emily genuinely cares about others and, despite her apparent conceit, Emily is actually very insecure and often requires validation from others in order to convince herself of her talents. The truth of her insecurity is made clear as Michelle spends more time at the studio, as she is so fearful of Michelle succeeding more than her that she does everything in her power to enact Michelle's downfall.
Emily is easily subject to betrayal due to her emotional nature, resulting in her shunning individuals from her life who have wronged her regardless of her relationship with them, exemplified when Emily kicks Riley out of E-Girls. Despite her sentimentality, Emily is often fearful of showing others her true emotions and, furthermore, refuses to let her emotions cloud her better judgement.
When Emily is brought to terms about her negative persona, she makes an effort to be change. She lets her positive traits of motivation, loyalty and charisma shine, resulting in her becoming co-captain. Emily becomes genuinely remorseful for her past self and occasionally fears that she may revert to such a persona. Despite her change of heart, Emily still has her flaws. Even though she possesses an undeniable likability, she can be annoying, stubborn and abrasive.
Emily has short and wispy light blonde hair that is primarily worn down with a headband in Season 1, but is worn in various styles onward. Emily also has pale skin and blue eyes.
Emily's wardrobe is very feminine and usually business casual; even while dancing, she can be seen with skirts or dresses. Emily's signature colours are blue and red.
- Contemporary: Emily's dominant style of dance is contemporary.
- Jazz: Despite the fact that Emily is a contemporary dancer, she has said that she likes to perform in a more jazz-orientated style of it.
- Acro: Emily cannot tumble, the extent of her skills being a cartwheel. But, she can perform acro moves that require lots of flexibility, such as a straight needle. Chloe once described her flexibility as "insane."
- Main article: Emily/Relationships
- If Emily could dance with anyone it would be Fred Astaire.
- If Emily could be a jam or a jelly, she would be strawberry jam, because it's the best, and she thinks jelly is disgusting.
- Her dream job is to be a Broadway dancer, but if it doesn't work out she wants to be a lawyer.
- Emily does not think that acro is a legitimate form of dance, but rather, simply gymnastics.
- Emily over-pronounces her words when she is lying.
- She can play the piano.
- Her favourite movie is Pride and Prejudice.
- Emily has a driver's license.
- She has a large opposition to buses.
- Main article: Emily/Quotes
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- ↑ In Toronto, the minimum driving age is sixteen.
- ↑ In "Get the Party Started," Emily says that she has been at The Next Step Dance Studio since she was 2 years old. In "Under Pressure," it is revealed that Emily has been at the studio for fourteen years. Since "Under Pressure" is a an episode in Season 2, Emily is sixteen years old in Season 2.