Ella is an established professional artist with over 15 years of experience in dance and movement. Of mixed heritage, born in Kent, now based between Leeds, where she studied politics, and her home town Bristol, Ella began her dance career dancing salsa in clubs, and training samba in Brazil where she paraded in carnaval as a passista in 2006. Ella began breaking just before she started her conservatoire training at Laban/LSCD.As a trained dancer, performance highlights have included Russell Maliphant Company, Lea Anderson (The Chomondeleys), Olympics Opening Ceremony, Southpaw and Uchenna.
Ella Mesma is the published author of Journal to Joy and offers a year long coaching platform for creatives under the Goddxss Path and Maya Gandaia, director of award winning company Business Yoga (Prestige award 2020). Ella is passionate about working with older dancers, and was a part of the Dance On project at Yorkshire Dance. Her love for Rumba has led to her creating and touring the international Roots of Rumba Festival since 2013.
Ella was Associate Artist at Dance City (2017), Associate Artist Trinity Centre Bristol (2018), Slate World Artist (2020), Pervasive Media Studio Resident (2020) and is Pavillion Dance South West Associate (2020-2021).