LADP : Artist-In-Residence

The 2017-2018 season marks the pilot year of LADP: AIR, the company’s new Artist-In-Residence program. The goal of this program is to provide early career artists with “air” and breathing room; an opportunity to create and experiment free of the logistical constraints and pressures associated with commissioned work. Through this program, LADP is committed to nurturing creative collaborations on dance-focused artistic projects that enrich and support the L.A. arts community.



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 that she has an "Unstoppable Career" and is "Changing the Dance World", and Capezio writes that she is "Challenging the Standard of Mediocrity" and has been given the title of "Capezio Athlete". In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma "Young Choreographer of the Year". Since then, her choreography has garnered millions of international views and won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards.

Emma's obsession with dance began at the Leeming Danceworks Studio in Ottawa; she trained summers with the National Ballet School of Canada and graduated with honours from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts. Later went on to study at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City. She has had the privilege of training with the acclaimed Rubberbandance Group, and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with members of Batsheva Dance Company, Kidd Pivot, and Netherlands Dance Theatre.