Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Emma shares her unique abilities internationally, in live settings, and across social media platforms. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living video as well as on his Purpose World Tour.
The New York Times calls her "beguiling." Dance Spirit Magazine writes, "Her intricate, gestural work requires the coiled energy of a large predator." According to Dance Spirit, she is one of 13 young choreographers "changing the dance world." In 2012, American Dance Awards named her "young choreographer of the year”. Since then, her choreography has won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E awards.
Emma's obsession with dance began at Leeming Danceworks Studio in Ottawa. She trained with the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada, graduated with honors from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts and studied at the Ailey School in New York City. Emma is privileged to have trained with Canadian Company Rubberbandance in 2014 and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with Aszure Barton, Alexandra Wells, Tom Weinberger, Maxine Doyle and Shannon Gillen.
Emma's dancing first found an audience while collaborating with exquisite dancer and dear friend, Matt Luck. Their short dance film, Dancing In the Dark, went viral and was screened at film festivals across Europe. She continues to pursue dance on film, recently choreographing and performing for indie sensation Blood Orange.
Emma manages and directs her New York based contemporary dance company, teaches across North America and Europe, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Intrigue Dance Convention. She performs regularly with Michelle Dorrance's tap dance company "Dorrance Dance. Forever a student, Emma hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile.
She resides in New York City.