Emma Portner

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Emma Portner
Born (1994-11-26) 26 November 1994 (age 25)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationChoreographer, dancer
Years active2015–present
Spouse(s)
(
m. 2018)

Emma Portner (born 26 November 1994) is a Canadian professional dancer and choreographer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Portner was born in Ottawa, Ontario[2] on November 26, 1994, and began dancing when she was three years old. She started dancing at Leeming DanceWorks in Ottawa before spending her summers with The National Ballet of Canada. While in Ottawa she also attended Canterbury High School's specialized arts program in their dance stream. When she was 16, she moved from Ottawa, Ontario to New York City to train at The Ailey School.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Portner created the choreography for Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell The Musical.[5][6] In 2015, she choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber's music video for his song "Life is Worth Living".[6] She also created the choreography for Bieber's Purpose World Tour.[7][8]

As of 2020, her work has been displayed in a variety of environments including Apple, Netflix, and Vogue, as well as professional Ballet. She has movement directed Indie music stars such as; Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers, and BANKS and she has performed prestigious venues like The Guggenheim Museum, Jacob's Pillow, and New York City Center. In 2019, she was nominated for Arena Dance Competition's "Best Female Dancer" and "Rising Star" of the year. Paper Magazine also listed Portner in "PAPER Predictions; 100 people to watch in 2019".

Portner quit teaching in 2017 to focus on choreographic and performance endeavors, film and personal health. She continues to pursue acting, dance, movement directing, and training.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2018, Portner married her girlfriend, actress Ellen Page.[9] The couple met after Page noticed Portner on Instagram.[10] They live together in New York City.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloom, Julie (2018-02-12). "Ellen Page and Emma Portner, in Motion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  2. ^ "Meet Emma Portner, Ellen Page's new wife who has danced in a Justin Bieber video". INSIDER. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. ^ Landsbaum, Claire. "Emma Portner's Body Is Her Megaphone". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  4. ^ "5 things to know about Ellen Page's wife". ABC News. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  5. ^ "Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell Musical to Return to London's West End | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  6. ^ a b "Ottawa-born choreographer Emma Portner challenges dance's gender and artistic conventions". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  7. ^ "Emma Portner". Broadway Dance Center. 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. ^ Rasminsky, Abigail (September 10, 2018). "Why Commercial Star Emma Portner Is Exploding Into the Concert Dance World Right Now". Dance Magazine. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ellen Page marries New York dance teacher Emma Portner". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  10. ^ "Meet Emma Portner, Ellen Page's new wife who has danced in a Justin Bieber video". INSIDER. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Bloom, Julie (February 12, 2018). "Ellen Page and Emma Portner, in Motion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 23, 2018.