Emma Portner

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There are some people in this world who are so wholly beautiful and themselves that it can inspire you in such a profound way, but also make you feel so inadequate.  Emma Portner is among those people. Not only is she one of THE MOST brilliant dancers that lives and breathes on this planet, she is also an incredible photographer. Some people are just mean’t to share who they are, and nothing can hold them down.

I have known Emma for years. Hailing from Ottawa, she moved to New York City to live out her dreams, but you could argue that she is a gypsy-nomad of sorts. She travels all over North America sharing her dancing brilliance, and documenting some beautiful moments along the way. I feel elated knowing someone who stays so true to their art, and really lives and breathes it every day.  There is nothing disingenuous about this young girl with an old soul. There is something to be said about a person who is fearless, and so unrelenting in all that they do.

If you haven’t checked out her work, both in dance and photography, you should. You will not be disappointed.

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Project Dabda Benefit Show

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The turnout at the Project Dabda Benefit Show was amazing! I have always said, dancers are some of the most supportive people around, and last night proved me so very right. I am so happy for Alvin and Hayle, I don’t think they could have asked for a better night. Both Meg and I are so glad they asked us to take part. There is nothing I love more than a night of dance, Larkspur slinging, and supporting some wonderful humans.

The benefit was filled with amazing dancers (ahem, Emma Portner, Alvin Collantes, Taveeta Szymanowicz!!!), some local artwork, Tamerra Lynn Herres selling her goodies from L.L.A.M., some delicious snacks (those brownies!), PBR (again!), and of course, yours truly, selling our vintage.

We took as many photos as we could, but I spent a lot of time having my breath taken away (1,2,3,4, maybe 5 times) by all the talent, and eating snacks with Meg.

Big thanks again to Alvin and Hayle for supporting us, and all my dancing pals who came out. And of course Matt, for helping us pack and carry things! Oh! And Kira, for letting us borrow her car! This summer has started out great for Larkspur! Lots of exciting things ahead, including our lookbook that we will be shooting next weekend. So keep an eye out.

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dabda21Meaghan – Blooming Leopold dress, thrifted denim jacket, Madewell shoes, Topshop necklace
Alex – thrifted blouse and skirt, handmade bow tie, vintage hat via Public Butter, UO socks, Madewell sandals