"Ella Mesma and her dancers are fiercer in flesh than in the imagination. They are bold, sassy and fiery. The privilege was mine." Sean Graham- Choreographer/Artistic Director

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Roots of Rumba 2017

Roots of Rumba 2017 will be held in September 2017.

Groundbreaking festival of Urban & Afro Latin dance theatre & culture, Roots of Rumba is back for the 4th year! Produced & curated by Ella Mesma & Passion & Purpose, the sell out event presents two nights of Latin dance theatre performances from the very best of UK’s Latin choreographers and dancers who are pushing the scene forward with their innovative take on Tango, Salsa, Capoeira, Samba and Rumba.

There are also workshops, delicious Afro Latin foods to try and an all styles Latin Vs HipHop battle with Cash Prize.

Established in 2013, Roots of Rumba is the first Afro & Urban Latin Dance Theatre Platform of its kind, with two days of theatre shows from all kind of Latin dance theatre artists.

From Rumba to HipHop, Roots of Rumba shines a spotlight on the wealth of activity happening in the Uk Latin dance scene including Rumba, Tango, Salsa, Samba and even Rumba-Breaking acts.

The three day festival includes a day of masterclasses, an after party with renowned salsa and latin djs, amazing Afro-Latin food, and an all styles Latin Vs Hip Hop battle with cash prize.

Last year included acts such as Luanda Pau, Myriam Gadri and Tierra Morena.

Contemporary dancer and B-Girl but first and foremost, Latin dancer, Ella’s goal is to share her passion for Latin dance styles and give Latin dance greater recognition in the theatre.


Two nights of performance

The two days of shows will be selected by application. The shows must have a link to Latin Street Dance styles (eg Salsa, Rumba, Samba, Afro Brazilian, Kizomba, Tango…) If you would like to apply please follow this link: http://elementdance.co.uk/roots-of-rumba-application-form/

10.00 am – 11.15 am Contemporary Capoeira
11.30 am – 12.45 pm Afro Cuban
1 pm – 2.15 pm Afro Brazilian
2.30 pm – 3.45 pm Cuban Contemporary
4.00 pm – 5.15 pm Rumba

AFTERPARTY: From 10-1am Free to all ticket holders. Awesome Latin and Hip Hop sounds from DJ Lubi (Lubi Jovanovic) is one of the UK’s best known salsa and Latin music DJs both at home and abroad. He is also a long time jazz/soul/funk/world music DJ and live music promoter. His career spans over 30 years working in all aspects of the business – international DJ, live music promoter, club promoter, radio presenter, record label PR and CD compiler. He began in 1982 spinning Mongo Santamaria/Tito Puente/Art Blakey/Tania Maria records in Bradford in the north of England as part of the UK jazzdance movement – hard bop, jazz fusion, samba batucada and mambo – and was soon running weekly sessions in the city including The Jazz Cellar (a DJ and live band night) and Wild Style (two floors – one rap/electro, the other jazz/Latin – breakers and jazz hoofers battling it out under one roof). By 1986, he was promoting his first salsa clubnight, Club Afro Latino in Leeds, one of the earliest outside London, plus guesting as a DJ across the country, playing bass in local jazz groups and leading his own Latin jazz bands. In the 1980s, DJ Lubi was also a working musician.

ALL STYLES LATIN VS HIPHOP BATTLE: The rules: Each crew must have one latin style and one hip hop style in their team.
Confirmed Judges:
Prize Money:
Times: 12-5pm

The event will also be supported by Casa International Festival.

“I found it entertaining and at the same time different in a positive way and I believe with potential to develop a secure platform for the enjoyment and edutainment of the dance forms you work with” 
Mercy Nabirye OneDance UK


If you would like to apply to perform please fill in the application form. Artists will also be given the opportunity in the week running up to the festival to work with a Dramaturgy to develop their work to the highest standard.

CASA Black-Pink Square Socialpp

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