Emma Portner

Emma Portner
Emma Portner
Emma Portner

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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 Dan...read more

Class Descriptions

Contemporary Jazz

Emma teaches a class of exploring, sharing and pushing boundaries. Her choreography is physical, ever-changing, and affected by all forms of dance. She provides a blend of commercial contemporary, modern techniques, and floorwork principles with a tap influence.

Although every class is structured differently, Emma always includes a thorough warm-up, improvisational techniques, and a movement phrase. Her focus is to use dance as an emotional outlet, merge styles, and push the limits of the human body to find unknown shapes and capabilities. There is a constant and heavy focus on dynamics and musicality.

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