Originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Emily Goonan began her training at the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance under the direction of Jean Wolfmeyer and Crystal Kay-Curkeet Lavallee for 13 years. Emily completed a double major in Dance and Psychology with a Human Services emphasis at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in May of 2017. There, she studied tap, jazz, modern, ballet, composition, improvisation and Pilates with Michael Estanich, Jeannie Hill, Joan Karlen, Pamela Luedtke, Amy Beversdorf and Patrick Strong.
Emily Goonan participated in workshops with Eddy Ocampo, Rennie Harris, Brenda Bufalino, Tania Perez-Salas, and Larry Keigwin. She also trained at Point Tap Festival with Max Pollak, Olivia Rosenkrantz, Lynn Schwab, Mark Goodman, Mark Yonally and Katherine Kramer.
Emily was in student and faculty performances while being at university and she presented her choreography Conference Room and Hindered Attention in Afterimages 2015 and Afterimages Unplugged 2016. Emily also made Hindered Attention: On Screen as her first video dance.