Ela Mesma Company

Dispora Dance Theatre

Covid Updates

I am writing to you a little early this week as I wanted to share a beautiful project created by company dancer Ofelia Balogun (as seen in our trailer here) for which I will also be teaching as part of one gorgeous and talented team!

Dance your Roots International Lab

is inviting you to an introductory afternoon to diverse disciplines tailored on the theme of “Leaving behind the unnecessary”

Are you a dancer who has trained abroad? Have you enjoyed learning dances from a different country or culture in your hometown?

As we are all navigating our way through this global pandemic, we are aware it is affecting people across the world in different ways.

We have gathered a collective of international artists with a diverse background including Italy, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, USA. …To run a very special fundraising event on:

Saturday 9th May

to promote movement, connection, arts and wellbeing

Workshops are being offered to the public with a request to donate what you can afford, so that we can collectively provide support to a group of exceptional and humble artists in Senegal.

A collective of practitioners come together to Move you, Re-connect and Reflect to your Inner Roots…

Discover who…

All the sessions will be 30-45 minutes long on an online platform. The sessions are open to everyone and all levels.


All funds will go to support our artist friends in Senegal.

(£5-£50 all donations are welcome)

Can’t donate? No worries: Join us and Share our Fundraising Post!!



2PM GMT or 8PM Bogota

Mindful mobility with Alex Quinn

”Change happens through movement and movement heals”

(J. Pilates)

Using Pilates principles, Alex’s class will encourage participants to move mindfully, building core strength and stability, improving flexibility and increasing range of movement. Expect a grounding practice in a playful (online) space to build confidence and bodily awareness.


3PM GMT or 4PM Italy or 7AM Los Angeles

Dance your roots movement with Ofelia Balogun

“Dance as a tool to discover yourself as infinite possibilities”

Ofelia has been navigating, exploring and practising the foundations of African and Afro Caribbean traditional dance (Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba ) creating an experimental dance language that combines the dances researched with her personal approach.

Are you a sailor or an explorer of culture and movement like her?


4PM GMT or 8 AM Los Angeles

Dynamic Hatha Yoga with Vero Leopoldino

“We are all connected. Our differences are what make us the same”.

Vero uses Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as tools to explore and celebrate the body’s strengths and become aware of areas that we still need to notice, give attention to, and develop.

Trusting and working with our body’s intelligence, we are able to become our own teachers, taking care of our wellbeing, and live a better quality of life.

Join Vero’s sessions if you’re up for a dynamic and playful practice to discover something new, let some stress go and have fun!


5PM GMT or 9AM Los Angeles

Embodied Alchemy MMMM Session with Ella Mesma: Movement, Meditation, Mantra, Mudra with Maya Gandaia

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”


Maya Gandaia is about Moving from Illusion to Joy, and this session is designed to move through the archetypes to release the emotions and stories no longer serving us through motion and into our highest self. This session starts with a chakra alignment to ground in ourselves, to connect to our genius and to open up to a deeper level of creativity, followed by a meditative flow to move to a place of heart, to limber up the hips and spine and to breathe into the infinite universe.


6PM GMT or 10AM Los Angeles

“Leaving behind the unnecessary with Olivia Eng

“There’s no need for us to be held back by the past or how things have been so far. The important thing is what seeds we are sowing now for the future.”

Olivia Eng is the creator of the S.C.A.R.S.(Strength Courage and Resilience of the Soul), an ongoing project that aims to highlight the power of healing through the intersection of dance, artistic expression, storytelling, and cross-cultural exchange.

Join her for a dialogue/discussion based on an inspiring quote by great inspiration and mentor Daisaku Ikeda; encouraging us to reflect on how we can use even our uncomfortable and painful experiences as a springboard for growth and creativity.


To Book or find out more:

Send an email to [email protected]

Please include the details below.

Subject : Dance Your Roots International Lab







Olivia Eng & Ofelia Balogun started a small fundraiser to help 8 of their Senegalese artists that they had the honor of sharing space and dancing with at L’Ecole de Sables in Toubab Dialaw (Senegal), who have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 situation.

Their work at the moment has been suspended as musicians, dancers/performers, dance and music educators, a dance company director, and a hairdresser.

We have both donated what we can, but we need your help to reach this goal amount to be able to give some aid to each of them. If you can spare or offer anything at all to help, we and they would appreciate it so much! No amount is too small 🙂

We are deeply grateful for your help and support!







Big loves everyone: you are super(s)heros!

Stay strong, find the silver linings, and when life gives you lemons: add them to your tea!

I love you,

Ella xxx


Ps. Here are my offerings this week:






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