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Ella Mesma Company seeks to champion an environment which is inclusive, collaborative and empowering. The company ethos of undoing limiting beliefs extends to our engagement and community work. With each company production, we offer wraparound activity, and are interested in dance for transformation and giving voices to the unheard.
The company have a unique movement language: Yoga, along with a diverse range of techniques including contemporary dance, and various dancestyles. To read about the dance styles we teach and study click here
draws from the company background in Contemporary, Afro Latin and Breaking, with a touch of Yoga too.
“I am interested in the body moving as languid and fluidly- inspired by the ‘Yonvalou’ from Haiti…which actually traces back to West Africa (Benin), with the circular continual flow of breaking and lots of delicious latin-house, latin-breaks and other latin music. My knowledge and training as a yoga teacher has also informed my dance practise, as has extensive training in Graham in New York and Cuba. I have united these styles to create a fun, energetic earthy and grounded class full of body undulations, floorwork, contractions and release.” Ella Mesma
Theme based workshops
With each show we have also developed a workshop and education package which can be booked in schools and dance venues.
Ladylike (Consent based workshops using dance, Rocking based workshops, Orisha based workshops)
Papyllon (Identity based workshops, Dance using maypole and folk dance, Storytelling workshops)
Who can study with us?
We can cater for all ages from 4 to 80… we have taught in nurseries, schools, universities, congresses, youth groups and in both community and professional dancers and settings. We also offers goal setting and mentoring sessions, and meditation
Where have we taught?
Ella Mesma has been teaching dance since 2003. She has taught for the National Dance Teachers Association, ADAD, Sadler’s Wells, Yorkshire Dance, Dance X Change, Birmingham Hippodrome, Trinity Centre, Dance City, U4, The Place, Drumming 4 Business, Global Grooves, Salsa Congresses across the UK and internationally (Spain, Denmark, Serbia, Greece, Turkey), York University, Newcastle University, Leeds University, University of East London, Rise Youth Dance Company, Dare to Dance, Big Dance, London School of Samba, Move It, Step into Dance, Burlington Danes Academy, Elizabeth Garrett Academy and many more schools across the UK.