Workshops and Engagement

“I created these workshops to unleash the dancer inside all of us: to move uniquely, to create authentically, to respond, to lead, to follow. Just like nature, we all have our natural and unique talents to share with the world, and I love to use beautiful rhythms, magic and creative imagination to draw these out and come home to who we are together and how we move authentically.” Ella Mesma 

To book a workshop please contact us here

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. 

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

12th January: HEART and HOME at Trinity, Bristol

19th January: HEART at Siendo, Lisbon
Pay the Earlybird Price

27th January: HEART at The Place
TIMES: 16.00-18.00
Pay the Earlybird Price

24th February: WOMB at The Place

31st March: CREATE at The Place

28th April: SING at The Place

Prices at THE PLACE
Earlybird: £15 (Pay before 1st January)

Drop in class: £20

Buy four classes: £50 (£12.50 per class)

Our classes

I have created 7 workshops using both movement and meditation. These workshops are designed to heal, open and empower. There are 7 in the series each inspired by a specific chakra: HOME, WOMB, CREATE, HEART, SING, FLY, SPACE, as well as offering pure technique classes in the dance styles we specialise. To read about the dance styles we teach and study click here

Every bit of my nine lives training as a dancer/yogi has informed these workshops (which I created on my dance company over a number of years) and so I want to pay homage to all my teachers (Of course there are more but these ones are relevant here!)

Homage To:

From my training as a yoga teacher with Dr Abi Hoffman and Sri Angad Kaur, to my training at the Graham School in New York, to Afro-Latin styles in Cuba at LA ENA and with my teacher Miguel Gonzalez here in the UK, to my training in Afro Brazilian at Funceb (especially classes with Denilson Owulafemi), Capoeira with Ponciano and Mestre Ze Antonio of Mojuba, the importance of ‘following the flow’ (Bboy Hawk) from cyphering (breaking) (Rokafella), freestyling as a salsa dancer (my first true love!) and Angel Ortiz (RIP), to dancing samba for many years, to my time with Russell Maliphant Company where we learnt about myo-fascial release as well as Butoh which I trained with Yael Karavan, animal flow/nature and my aerial silks training (Claire Harvey/ Upswing), and company dancers: Anna Alvarez, Azara Meghie, Hsing Ya Wu, David Evans, Franck Arnaud Lusbec, Myriam Gadri.

The sequence of 7: HOME, WOMB, CREATE, HEART, SING, FLY, SPACE 

HOME uses different improvisation techniques and work with the bandhas and the ‘Pole of the Body’ as described by Katherine Dunham to discover and unlock the unique movement language within all of us. Danced to Latin and Afro house, (and other awesome tracks) HOME includes body isolations, contract/release work, floor-work and the imagination.

 

HEART uses different techniques from contemporary and partner dances to get back in touch with ourselves and to remember how to communicate without words. Danced to Latin, Electronic, and other awesome tracks HEART includes lifting, one to one and group partner combinations as well as meditations to connect to the heart.

 

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)

Foreign Bodies 

Papyllon (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.