Born in Reykjavík, Iceland. She began her studies at the National Ballet School of Iceland and completed her education at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She started out 2004 as an apprentice with the Iceland Dance Company, directed by Katrín Hall, to become a member of the company a year later.
In 2008 she won the Gríman Awards Best Dancer of the Year for her part in Kvart by Jo Strømgren presented by the Iceland Dance Company.
2012-2016 she danced with Compañía Nacional de Danza de España under José Carlos Martínez’s direction, from 2014 as solo dancer.
Emilía Gísladóttir has worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Marcos Morau, Rui Horta, Rami Be'er, Jo Strømgren, Ina Christel Johannessen, Anton Lachky, Didy Weldman, Iván Perez and Katrín Hall.
Emilía Gísladóttir has been involved in for example:
- Contemporary Dance
- Decadance Gothenburg
- Solo Echo