Ela Mesma Company

Dispora Dance Theatre

Covid Updates: April 26th: I am all womxn

Happy Sunday,

This weekend we have a little gift for you… something we have been making over the past two weeks, with 33 amazing womxn hiphop dancers women took part in the creation of I Am All Womxn is a response to spoken word piece “I am a woman” by Bridget Gray in our homes all over the world.

Watch the video here

I Am All Womxn is an extremely varied creative interpretation of the spoken word piece “I am a woman” by Bridget Gray, each section choreographed by the individual dancing it in reaction to the video before. You will see many different styles of dance: Breaking, House, HipHop, Locking, Popping, Krumping, Waacking and more… We hope this piece will celebrate womxn in our entirety and empower more of us embrace every side of ourselves as womxn.

Read more about the project and the 33 women who took part in its creation here

Plus, as always, these are some events which might help to offer support at this difficult time:

As part of Slate World, we’ve confirmed our first Eclipse Online events:The Slate World UK team invite Black Artists, and fellow artists who are also marginalised for their race, to join the virtual gatherings to connect, learn and share during this time.The following sessions have been curated and will be led by Slate World UK Enabler Melanie Abrahams and myself:

Slate World – UK: Social with Maya Chowdhry, Wed 29 Apr
Book a place >

Slate World – UK: Social with Naomi Mwasambili, Wed 6 May
Book a place >

The Getting Better Box

This is an online collection of all of all the tips, classes, facts, shared resources, poems, moments of hope I have been sent over the past month… there are things to experience, study… and lots of funding and other tips in this time of hardship.

If you are an artist and would like me to add your online class to the class list, please send it over! If you have some meditations you would like to give away, or know of a funding that might help a fellow artist: please email me it to [email protected] and I will try my best to get things added on a day by day basis to create a helpful shared resource…

Massive shout outs to all my artist friends who have contributed to this list!


When we sit still for a long time, we inhibit natural movement of the spine, making this a primary problem area, and also reducing the blood and oxygen pumped to the brain thus affecting our mood, concentration and stress levels, so we are offering the following classes:


11.11-12.00 Ella Mesma Company Monday Morning Movement Mantra (Online)


Ella Mesma Company morning class is an Embodied Alchemy Movement meditation. We do this class every morning and love how it sets up our body mind and soul for the day! Our classes marry Graham and Dunham contemporary techniques with elements of yoga and Cuban Contemporary, Afro Cuban and other folkloric styles. The sequences tend to move seamlessly in and out of the floor and can often be grounded, fluid and energetic. We describe them as a movement ritual.

CLASS WITH BUSINESS YOGA: Wednesdays at 15:15 – 15:30 BST

15:15: Fifteen Moves to make you feel better at the desk


CLASS WITH MAYA GANDAIA: KUNDALINI YOGA: Tuesdays at 18:30 – 19:45 BST (from 14th April)

To boost your immunity, release fear and raise your vibration


CLASS WITH ELEMENT ARTS: Samba Saturdays at 11:00-12:00 BST


MEDITATION WITH MAYA GANDAIA: Saturdays at 12:15 – 12.30 BST

To find out more about the classes: or the many other classes listed on our site click here

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

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