Company Biographies

Company Members include:

Ama Rouge has travelled to Brasil to enrich her knowledge of Afro-Brasilian, Samba and Contemporary (Silvestre technique) and Cuba to further develop her movement vocabulary alongside training in the UK. She has performed across the UK and internationally, both freelance and with Element Arts Company, Reuben Feels, Oi Brasil and Tropicalia Latin Entertainment, at a variety of Latin venues, corporate and arts events such as Team GB Olympic Ball, Brit Awards, Lovebox festival, Selfridges’ EveryBODY campaign, Move It!, 8th SDC Charity Gala Dinner, Summer Streets Regent Street festival, Hot Wuk and has worked for brands such as Mini-Cooper, Red Bull UK and Virgin Holidays.

Anna Alvarez is an Anglo-Argentine Tango, Samba and Contemporary dancer whose credits include Vertigo Dance Company- Israel, Estacio De Sa- Brazil, apprentice with Deborah Colker- Brazil and Strictly come Dancing & Dancing with the Stars in the UK.Carmina Dodoo is a Commercial, Contemporary & Samba dancer. Credits include Electric Ballroom, Collabo & Lagniappe Mas. Ella Mesma, the Company Director is a Salsa, Samba and Afro Cuban dancer with specialisms in Contemporary and Breaking. Credits include Russell Maliphant Company, Professional Cast of the Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012 and dancer for poet Warsan Shire as well as director of her own company Ella Mesma Company. She was selected as a future Dance Leader for the ABLE leadership program and in 2015, awarded a Bench fellowship for emerging female choreographers. She has trained internationally in Cuba, Brazil and USA including The Graham school- New York, La Ena- Havana, Deborah Colker- Rio De Janeiro and Funceb- Salvador da Bahia.


Emmanuelle Baya is French born and has been working with Element Arts for over five years performing at Boujis, Tonteria, Koko, Beckingham Palace to name a few. She has training in different styles and specialises in Samba. She has recently travelled and trained at Funceb in Brasil and has also travelled all over the UK with the company, performing and teaching. She is also trained in the Indian Classical style of Bharatanatyam at Kalaimanram and through her own Algerian heritage, is really interested in cross cultural exchange, migration and exploring identity through dance.

Gabriela Solano is an Afro Brazilian, Samba and Contemporary dancer of Brazilian origin. Credits include Tavaziva, Kate Flatt, Ella Mesma Company & Iroko Theatre Company.

Hannah Bertram is the Assistant Director and is a Contemporary, HipHop and Samba dancer. She has performed at Sadler’s Wells with MyselfUK and represented England in the Tap Dance World Championships. Credits include Nike, Hotel Chocolat and Hunter Boots.

Laia Moraño was born in Lleida, Spain. She is a Hip Hop, Samba and Salsa dancer. Her credits include 6 times National champions with ‘Machines’ in Spain, Rosendo y las muchachas de Fuego- Spain, dancing for Lenny Kravitz & Immersive Cult Theatre-UK.LM

Lisa-Li specialises in Ballet and Contemporary Latin.  Credits include lead choreographer and dancer for UG-LY with Dele Ladimeji- Paint the skies, Valerie Preston-Dunlops IN MEMORIAM and Bafta winning short film THE ASSESSMENT Dr. By Mark Gutteridge.

DJ Lubi (Lubi Jovanovic) is one of the UK’s best known salsa and Latin music DJs both at home and abroad, and is also responsible for the forming of Element Arts Company! So it is only right that he should have his very own page on our site! Read more about Dj Lubi here

MichelaMichela Di Felice is a Samba and House dancer from Italy, whose credits include choreographing for Channel 4′ s Comedy Gala 2016- UK, The Mobo awards, The Rugby World Cup closing ceremony 2015 & dancing for Tinie Tempah.

Nathanael is Belgium born, London raised. He is a Contemporary, Jazz and Samba dancer. Currently trainning in one of London’s finest institutions Arts Ed as a Musical Theatre artist. His credits include performing before member of the Royal Family and 2016 Comedy Gala at the O2.


Rita, from Portugal started training Capoeira at the age of 14. Since 2004 Rita has worked with classes, workshops, and given capoeira and dance shows. She has been involved in several kinds of shows and worked in the industry of show business, including TV commercials, live shows, corporative events, theatres, TV series, private parties, art festivals in the UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Angola, Brazil and USA.

Xavi is from Sao Paulo/Brazil and is a percussionist and singer – Brazilian/Latin and World music in London for the last 24 years. Previously a Samba and Lambada dance teacher In London 1990/1998. Xavi has played and participated in various TV Shows, BBC1 “The One Show” BBC radio 3, Shows and Private events for Paul O’ Grady TV Show, strictly come dancing TV program, Jamie Oliver’s 15threstaurant, Prince Charles Trust, Heineken Beer and Sainsbury’s Super Market TV ad – playing drums for the Football World Cup 2004.


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