Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she shares her unique abilities internationally, in both 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 who are "Changing the dance world."
In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma 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 and graduated with honors from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts, and went on to study at the Ailey School in New York City. She has had the privilege of training with the Canadian dance company Rubberbandance in 2014, and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with Aszure Barton, Alexandra Wells, Bobbi Jene Smith, Jermaine Spivey, Tom Weinberger, Spenser Theberge, 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 the 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.
Emma currently resides in New York City.