As one of the most prominent young voices in the movement industry, Emma Portner has become widely known for her inimitable quality, gender fluidity, and dedicated passion to dance. The dancer and choreographer has been recognized for her unique ability to shift the space around her since she was a teenager. In 2012, Portner moved to New York City to study at The Ailey School and soon thereafter became the youngest woman in history to choreograph a musical on London’s West End. Before she was 20 years old, she had already garnered millions of international views through dance on film and worked with the Music Industry’ s biggest names.
The New York Times calls her “beguiling” and Paper magazine listed Portner in “PAPER Predictions;100 people to watch in 2019”. She was nominated for Arena Dance Competition’s “Best Female Dancer” of the year and is one of very few dancers who graced both the covers of Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine. Dance Magazine writes, “ anyone who has seen her dance can recognize the ferocity with which she throws her body and seemingly her soul”. Dance Spirit declares Emma is “changing the dance world”. Capezio affirms that Emma is “challenging the standard of mediocrity” and has given her the title of Capezio Athlete. Her most recent work includes collaborations with Apple, Netflix, The Guggenheim Museum, Vogue, Jacobs Pillow, The Norwegian National Ballet, Sony Studios, and indie music stars, Maggie Rogers, Blood Orange, and Sylvan Esso. She is highly sought after by renowned companies, training facilities, and fellow artists in various fields beyond dance alone. Forever a student, she looks forward to utilizing the intersections of her knowledge through movement.