by rhiannon last modified 17:40 26/09/2018
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Starts 09:30 to 11:00






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Ella Mesma Company Dance Class

Join our Associate Artist Ella Mesma and company for a professional morning dance class: HEART & HOME

Ella Mesma's workshops are informed by her knowledge and training as a dancer and yoga teacher, as well as many other styles. In particular, Ella's workshops are influenced by training in Graham technique in New York; Afro-Latin styles in Cuba at LA Ena and with her teachers here in the UK; Afro Brazilian at Funceb and Capoeira with Mojuba; cyphering/ freestyling as a bgirl/salser/passista and workshops with Russell Maliphant Company; myofascial release; Butoh and animal flow/nature.

A culmination of all these different concepts and workshops is how she has arrived at her sequence of Ella Mesma Company workshops: HOME, WOMB, CREATE, HEART, SING and FLY, as well as pure technique classes.

“I am inspired watching dancers moving languidly, passionately, and following the natural circles and rhythms inside all of us. I love to use the music and creative imagination as the driving force in my class, and in coming home to our natural and unique style.” Ella Mesma

This workshop sees Ella bring HOME and HEART workshops to Trinity.

HOME: Starting with the feet and the ‘Yonvalou’ from Haiti (which traces back to Benin in West Africa), HOME is is part of a series of workshops which Ella uses with her company dancers to encourage us to come home to our bodies, using dance and the voice as a healing tool to and expression of freedom. HOME uses different improvisation techniques to discover 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, floorwork and the imagination!

HEART: Inspired by human connection, this workshop is about partnerships and connecting to HEART. HEART is is part of a series of workshops which Ella uses with her company dancers to encourage  connection, surrender, listening, and to reconnect with the ebb and flow of giving and receiving. HEART uses different techniques from contemporary and partner dances to get back in touch with ourselves and 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.

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