Ella Mesma

Born in the UK of mixed heritage, Ella Mesma began her dance journey with Salsa and other Latin styles.

Ella Mesma trained at Laban and The Place, graduating with a postgraduate diploma in 2011 and is currently completing her MA. She has a Politics and Sociology degree from Leeds University and apprenticed with M & Em Dance Company in Leeds and Upswing circus in London. 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.

Ella Mesma has also pursued an independent career as a performer, including dancing with Russell Maliphant Company, Southpaw Company, Professional cast of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, Guarini Dance Company, Wendy Houston and poet Warsan Shire.

In 2011-2013 Ella Mesma also studied yoga which informs her teaching and choreographic work along with a diverse range of techniques including contemporary dance, contact work from partner dances, breaking, afro-latin and focloric dances, capoeira and aerial dance. Since 2011 she has collaborated closely with lighting designer Ciaran Cunningham, when she formed Ella Mesma Company.

In 2013, recognising a gap in the market, Ella Mesma began producing Roots of Rumba, an annual Latin Dance Theatre Festival. In 2013, she was selected as a future Dance Leader for the ABLE leadership program.

Having created her first group piece Orixas in 2014, Ella Mesma was awarded a Bench fellowship for emerging female choreographers in 2015.

She was made an Associate Dance Artist at Dance City in 2016, and resident at the Trinity Centre in Bristol in 2017. In 2017 she curated a Wild Card at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.