“Female strength and solidarity” Lilia Prier Tisdale
Born in the UK of mixed heritage, Ella trained at Laban and The Place, graduating with a postgraduate diploma in 2011. She has a Politics and Sociology degree from Leeds University.She has trained internationally in Cuba, Brazil and USA including The Graham school- New York, La Ena- Havana, Deborah Colker- Rio De Janeiro and Funceb- Salvador da Bahia.
In 2013, she was selected as a future Dance Leader for the ABLE leadership program and in 2015, awarded a Bench fellowship for emerging female choreographers. She was also made an Associate Dance Artist at Dance City in 2016.
Performance credits include Russell Maliphant Company, Southpaw Company, Professional cast of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, Wendy Houston, poet Warsan Shire and apprentice for Upswing Circus.
She established Latin company Element Arts in Leeds in 2005, Ella Mesma Company in 2011 and has produced Roots of Rumba (an annual Latin Dance Theatre Festival) since 2013. She recently curated a Wild Card at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
Anna Alvarez Cabral
Anna completed her dance studies at the Facultade Angel Vianna in Rio de Janeiro. Performance credits include Gustavo Cirico, Frederico Paredes, Deborah Colker and Vertigo Dance Company in Israel.
Anna is also a Tango Dancer and teacher for the Leandro Palou Tango Academy including Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing and competing for the Tango championships.
Lianett Rodriguez Gonzalez
Born in La Habana, Cuba, Lia trained at the National School of Art in Cuba(ENA), graduating in 2005 with a gold title. In 2006 she joined the National Company of Contemporary Dance in Cuba and has toured Internationally with them, as well as Havanna Rakatan and Balletronic.
As a dancer with the ability to act, she is also widely in demand for short films as well as commercial and musical videos. She loves to collaborate with artist of different disciplines and has worked professionally for various choreographers and companies in the UK. Lia is also an experienced teacher, rehearsal director and choreographer in her own right.
Azara Rowena Meghie
Azara is a live artist and actress. She has been practicing various styles of Hip Hop including breaking for the last 10 years. Performance experience includes Indigo2, Wembley Stadium, and The Olympics opening Ceremony. Azara was runner in The Winter Pride Art Awards 2016 with her debut solo piece ‘I Am Woman’.
Born in Taiwan, Hsing Ya is an International Contemporary dancer. East and West training practices including Ballet, Modern, Gaga, Tai-Chi, Yoga & Belly dancing make her a diverse artist. She is also a choreographer and teacher.
Performance experience includes in Taiwan includes Feng Dance Theatre, Dance Forum Taipei Company, WC dance company. Since she came to UK in 2016, she has performed for Appetite Dance Productions and recently joined Ella Mesma Company.
Hsing Ya has also taken part in a Choreography Residency at Watermill Center, Long Island in New York, The American Dance Festival and The Taipei Artist Village.
Gabriela trained at London Contemporary Dance School where her main styles of dance were mainly focused on Contemporary dance and Ballet. She joined Tavaziva Dance Company as part of a Postgraduate Programme from 2012-2013 with whom she toured both in the UK and abroad.
Since graduating she has been to Brazil (where she was born), to be trained in Afro-Brazilian Dance and Latin American styles such as Samba and Salsa.
In more recent years, Gabriela has been teaching dance classes of various styles to students of all ages. She is also a keen choreographer, storyteller and flute player.
Throughout her dancing career Gabriela has been involved in many projects where she has been able to collaborate with musicians, designers, and film makers, and has taken part in major international festivals such as D.A.C.I. (in Brazil and Holland), Dance Umbrella (in London), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Dance Encore Festival (in Canada).
Mariana is a London based dance artist born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She trained at Cisne Negro Ballet School and in contemporary dance at University of Campinas, before completing her postgraduate diploma in performance with EDge Dance Company at London Contemporary Dance School in 2008. She has performed across the UK and internationally, both with companies such as Hagit Yakira Dance, Fevered Sleep, Clod Ensemble, Companhia de Dança do Norte (PT) and with independent artists including Wilkie Branson, Alex Howard, Gabriela Tropia, Simonetta Alessandri, Jia-Yu Corti, Annie Lok, Rachel Krische, Fillip Van Huffel and Jonathan Lunn.
A keen collaborator and improviser, Mariana has been involved in diverse projects comprising outdoor and site-specific productions. She takes part of anthologyofamess – a collective rooted in improvisational engagements initiated together with Antonio de la Fe and Petra Soor. Recently, she was a guest choreographer for Alive Dance Company and in 2011 her work Cameo – A trio devised and performed alongside Riccardo Buscarini and Antonio de la Fe was a finalist of The Place Prize for Dance. Alongside performing and making, Mariana has led dance classes and workshops in Brazil and the UK and works as rehearsal assistant.