Ella

Ella is an established professional artist with over 15 years of experience in dance and movement. Of mixed heritage based between Leeds, where she studied politics, and her home town Bristol, Ella began her dance career dancing salsa in clubs, and training samba in Brazil where she paraded in carnaval as a passista in 2006. Ella began breaking just before she started her conservatoire training at Laban/LSCD.

Performance highlights include Russell Maliphant Company, Lea Anderson (The Chomondeleys), Olympics Opening Ceremony, Southpaw and Uchenna.

Director of international touring Ella Mesma Company, she collaborates with incredible artists to make powerful, personal and political dance theatre.

Ella also offers an empowering movement for female creatives called Maya Gandaia, as well as championing Business Yoga.

Ella was Associate Artist at Dance City (2017), Associate Artist Trinity Centre Bristol (2018), Slate World Artist (2020), Pervasive Media Studio Resident (2020) and is Pavillion Dance South West Associate (2020-2021). She coaches under Maya Gandaia Ltd, and champions Business Yoga: A workplace wellness concept.

Her love for Rumba has led to her creating and touring the international Roots of Rumba Festival since 2013.

Ella has studied yoga since 2004, and has taught since 2012, training with Abby Hoffman (Embodied Dancer Teacher Training) in 2011 (with a Gil Clarke Scholarship), then Kundalini at the Karam Kriya School in 2018 and in Yoga Trapeze® at the Yoga Teachers College® in 2020. Ella has also practised Ashtanga since 2015, and has trained in TRE, The Wheel Of Consent, Holistic Pelvic Care (under Tami Kent) and the coaching of William Whitecloud.