As a rising star in contemporary dance, Emma Portner breaks boundaries with her curious, honest, and versatile movement. Her accolades include being honored as American Dance Award’s Young Choreographer of the Year as well as being included in The New York Times 30 Under 30 Documentary Series. As the choreographer of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, she recently made history by being the youngest woman to choreograph a musical in the West-End. The New York Timescalls her "beguiling”, and Dance Spirit Magazinedeclares Emma has an "unstoppable career” and is "changing the dance world with her imagination that knows no bounds”. Capezio affirms that Emma is "challenging the standard of mediocrity" and has given her the title of Capezio Athlete. Her choreography has garnered millions of international views and won top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards. Most recently, she has been named Artist in Residence with Benjamin Millepied’sLos Angeles Dance Project. In addition, Emma also produces, manages, and directs her own short films and dance company.
Her performance work and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living music video as well as on his Purpose World Tour. She has worked in film with actress Ellen Page and indie sensation, Blood Orange. She has taught around the world, given University level lectures, and toured with major conventions. She is currently on faculty with Broadway Dance Center along with regularly guest teaching at other acclaimed Professional Training Facilities.
Emma's obsession with dance began at Leeming Danceworks in Ottawa. She trained during her summers with the National Ballet School of Canada and graduated with honors from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts. Upon moving to New York City she trained at The Alvin Ailey School. She regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with members of Batsheva Dance Company, Kidd Pivot, RUBBERBANDance and Netherlands Dance Theatre.