We are an Urban Latin Arts Company. We are interested in all forms of dance from the streets to make our exciting shows and classes! We combine Latin folkloric and latin street dances with urban dances. From Brazilian Samba with a touch of funk or Cuban rumba with a touch of breaking… we are perfect for a fun, retro, and unusual twist to your event or party!
Element Arts Company teach, perform and hold Afro-Latin and Urban-Latin events in the UK, in Portugal, in Spain and further afield with an interest in promoting and advancing Latin Dance and Latin Dance in the Theatre.
Contemporary, B-Girl and dancing Salsa and Samba for over fifteen years, Ella Mesma established Element Arts Latin Dance and Education Company in 2007, and curates Latin Dance Theatre festival Roots of Rumba in London.
Company History & Accolades
In 2014 the Company established ‘Roots of Rumba’ a Latin Dance Theatre festival at Richmix. Roots of Rumba 2016 festival was a two day event. Artists were given time and space in the week running up to the festival with Dramaturgy Daniel Goldman (Casa International Festival) to develop their work to the highest standard. The event will also included workshops for the public and an afterparty.
Performances and Masterclasses have taken Element Arts to the USA (Boston and NYC), India (Chennai, Mombai, New Delhi), Cuba (Havana), Greece, Denmark, Spain, Serbia, Sweden, Croatia and Finland. In 2007, the Company won ‘Best Show’ for ‘Andar La Gata’ at the European Salsa Champions at Salsa UK. The Company have been finalists in 2014 and 2015 for Best Brazilian Teacher and Company with the Latin Lukas awards.
Element Arts have performed on Strictly Come Dancing, T4 (Channel 4) and have featured in music videos for TY, Franz Ferdinand, Submotion Orchestra, and performed for artists such as Major Lazer, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Drummagik, Heatwave. The Company have performed at Birmingham NEC, Trafalgar Square (National Peace Week), Royal Armories (Leeds), O2 Arena (London Latin Festival), Mambo City, Floridita, Scala and Big Dance to name a few. Clients have included Redbull, Sagatiba, Havana Club, Sadler’s Wells, O2 Arena, Wembley Stadium, HBOS and many more…