Emma Portner

Emma Portner
Bornc. 1994/1995 (age 25–26)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationChoreographer, dancer
Years active2015–present
Spouse(s)Elliot Page

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". She is one of very few dancers to have been 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 prestigious venues like The Guggenheim Museum, Jacob's Pillow, the Oslo Opera House and New York City Center.

Personal life

In January 2018, actor Elliot Page announced his marriage to Portner on an unspecified date.[9] The couple met after Page noticed Portner on Instagram.[2]


  1. ^ a b Landsbaum, Claire (October 2017). "Emma Portner's Body Is Her Megaphone". The Cut. 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. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Ottawa-born choreographer Emma Portner challenges dance's gender and artistic conventions". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  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 January 3, 2018.


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