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We’re Still Feeling All Kinds Of Ways After Watching Ellen Page’s Emotional Dance Performance

So beautiful.

The pure, raw emotion depicted by openly gay actress Ellen Page in her short dance film with Emma Portner is undeniable.

The two women share an expressive modern dance intimacy that can easily be felt by any viewer as they watch their bodies sway in harmony to Sylvan Esso's "Slack Jaw."

In a nearly bare set that consisted of Page and Portner and a metal chair, so much was said without uttering a word from either of them. From struggles to just be who you are and love who you love to let go of all inhibitions, the pair successfully displayed it through dance and their intense bodily and facial expressions of pain, shame, and acceptance.

The Freeheld actress came out as a lesbian in 2014 during a speech she gave at the Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas. Page also used the event as a platform to confess how she held back from coming out for so long due to the "crushing standards" Hollywood places on young stars.

"Not just young people, but everyone," she said. "Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me."

Fast-forward three years and the 30-year-old actress has embraced who she is both on and off camera by taking on roles like Julianne Moore's lover in Freeheld, starring in and executive producing the feminist drama Tallulah, and producing and hosting VICE's "Gaycation" documentary series.

Now, her moving dance video has struck another cord with fans, who were moved by her ability to say so much with so little.

"The beauty of the movements and the obvious trust and love between you both brought me to tears," one fan tweeted.

Another wrote, "Just watched this on the train, volume turned down. Transfixed by the movement (choreography and performance)."

Another put it simply by tweeting, "Emma is a true genius."  

Check out the performance in the video below:

The Way You Move celebrates dancing and choreography videos that showcase fancy footwork in genres as diverse as ballet, hip-hop, tap, ballroom, and more. Learn a new routine the first Thursday of each month, and throughout the calendar when you get the urge to move.

(H/T: IndieWire)

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