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Emma Portner was born in Ottawa, Canada and currently resides in New York City. She graduated with honours in dance from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts in 2012, later to study at the Ailey School in 2013.
Emma discovered her passion for moving and creating in all styles at Leeming Danceworks. While there, she had the privilege of working with choreographers Teddy Forance, Nathan Makolandra, Matt Luck, Eryn Waltman, and David Norsworthy, to name a few. She spent two seasons attending the National Ballet School of Canada.
In 2012, Emma was named American Dance Awards National “Young Choreographer of the year”. Since then, her choreography has won several National and Regional Level awards and her choreography is constantly recognized for it’s intricacy, honesty and blend of styles.
Emma has been dancing and teaching all over Canada, the United States and Europe. She teaches Contemporary at Broadway Dance Center and is on faculty with Intrigue Dance Convention. Emma is proud of and most recognized for her collaborative film work with Matt Luck. Their short dance film – Dancing In the Dark has been shown at film screenings across Europe and the U.K. and has surpassed 500,000 views online. In April 2013, she performed alongside Matt and musician Richard Walters in Regretless – a full length, sold out show in collaboration of Richard Walter’s live music and choreography by Matt and Emily Shock.
Emma was also privileged to train with the prestigious Canadian Company "Rubberbandance" in 2014. For the past year, aside from training, Emma has started to explore her own endeavours. Choreographing a full length, sold out show alongside Jade Whitney - Fill up and Get out in Toronto, Canada and commencing her company "Flock'dance". She most recently was named the Capezio Ace Awards 2nd Runner Up and was awarded a full length show in 2015. She hopes to explore and expand Flock'dance for years to come.