Emma Portner

Emma Portner
Bornc. 1994/1995 (age 25–26)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationChoreographer, dancer
Years active2015–present
(m. 2018; div. 2021)

Emma Portner (born c. 1994/1995)[1] is a Canadian professional dancer and choreographer.[2]

Early life

Portner was born in Ottawa, Ontario[3] and began dancing when she was three years old. She started dancing at a competitive studio 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 17, she moved from Ottawa, Ontario to New York City to train at The Ailey School.[1][4]


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]

In 2019, she was nominated for Arena Dance Competition's "Best Female Dancer" of the year. Paper magazine also listed Portner in "PAPER Predictions; 100 people to watch in 2019". Portner has appeared on the covers of the magazines Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine.[citation needed]

As of 2020, her work has been displayed in a variety of environments including Apple, Netflix, Vogue, Sony Pictures, and in professional ballet. She has movement directed indie music stars such as Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers, and BANKS and performed at prestigious venues like the Guggenheim Museum, Jacob's Pillow, the Oslo Opera House and New York City Center.[citation needed]

Personal life

In January 2018, actor Elliot Page (then Ellen Page) announced his marriage to Portner on an unspecified date.[9] The couple met after Page noticed Portner on Instagram.[2] In December 2020, Page publicly came out as a transgender man and non-binary,[10] and Portner expressed her support while the couple had separated in the summer of the same year. Page filed for divorce in January 2021,[11] and the divorce was finalized in early 2021.[10]

Portner has previously identified herself as a lesbian.[12] After Page came out as transgender and non-binary, Portner declined to speak publicly about her own gender identity and sexual orientation.[13]


  1. ^ a b Landsbaum, Claire (October 2017). "Emma Portner's Body Is Her Megaphone". The Cut. Archived from the original on December 1, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2018. the 22-year-old [as of October 2017]
  2. ^ a b Bloom, Julie (February 12, 2018). "Ellen Page and Emma Portner, in Motion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Meet Emma Portner, Ellen Page's new wife who has danced in a Justin Bieber video". Insider. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "5 things to know about Ellen Page's wife". ABC News. January 5, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell Musical to Return to London's West End | Playbill". Playbill. December 4, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Bryant, Nolan (October 13, 2017). "Ottawa-born choreographer Emma Portner challenges dance's gender and artistic conventions". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Emma Portner". Broadway Dance Center. August 8, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  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. ^ Miller, Mike (January 3, 2018). "Surprise! Ellen Page Is Married to Emma Portner". People. Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Steinmetz, Katy (March 16, 2021). "Elliot Page Is Ready for This Moment". Time. Archived from the original on March 16, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  11. ^ Bueno, Antoinette (January 26, 2021). "Elliot Page Files for Divorce From Wife Emma Portner". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  12. ^ Amatulli, Jenna (July 3, 2019). "Justin Bieber Choreographer Emma Portner Accuses Him Of 'Degrading Women'". HuffPost. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Elliot Page's wife, Emma Portner, wants to keep her gender identity 'private'". Canoe.com. December 3, 2020. Retrieved April 30, 2021.


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