The Girl With A Bow In Her Hair
Dancer, filmmaker, and now children’s entertainer, Emma Watkins began her performance career early. At age 3, Emma started ballet lessons, with a yellow bow in her curly hair.
Today, she is the Yellow Wiggle, and she brings to the stage 23 years of dancing and film work, and a fascination with the colour yellow.
When she first saw the Wiggles, little Emma decided she wanted to do Irish dancing! Being told she was too young was not the answer 3 year old Emma wanted to hear! So at the age of four she began ballet, which she padded out with Irish, hip hop, tap, contemporary and lyrical. Fairly bursting with dance energy from an early age, Emma and her sister, Hayley, can be seen dancing in the aisle in the 'Wiggledance' video 1996. What a portent of things to come!
In her fifth year of wiggling with Lachy, Anthony & Simon, Emma has been inspired by children and their families all around the world, dancing and singing at the concerts. There has been so many children wearing bows in their hair, on their shoes, making craft bows and this ‘mini emma army’ enthusiasm saw the launch of the ‘Emma’ TV series, CD, DVD sold out Sydney and Melbourne tour of The Emma live show and the DVD special ‘Dial E for Emma’.
Emma is passionate about sign language and since 2015, The Wiggles have incorporated more sign language into their videos and live performances. Working with the Deaf Society of NSW for incorporation of Australian Sign Language into their live shows and recently filming with Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin in LA using American Sign Language for ‘I Love It When It Rains’ to be featured in the Wiggles duets DVD.
Emma studied at The McDonald College for the Performing Arts, Sydney Film School, ED5 International and most recently just graduated with her Masters in Media Arts & Communication at University of Technology Sydney. Currently she is studying her PHD at Macquarie University on ‘Cinematic representation of visual music for children with a hearing impairment’.
And as she loves to say, have a bowtiful day!
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