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Ella Havelka

Ella Havelka

Wiradjuri Woman Ella Havelka is passionate about creating new pathways for First Nations storytelling through dance. With a Master’s in Social Change Leadership Ella is most recognised as the First Aboriginal woman to dance for The Australian Ballet. Havelka was the subject of the documentary film ELLA, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016 and has toured nationally and internationally with The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Ella performs and choreographs using her combined embodied experiences as a Wiradjuri artist and a classically trained ballet dancer. Havelka was awarded the Female dancer of the year award (Deadlies 2012) and A Woman of Style award for Services to Dance (InStyle Magazine 2017) In 2020 Ella founded The ELLA Foundation which provides dance scholarships and mentorship to First Nations youth across Australia. Ella is also the Creative Director of Eco Dancers, and an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity. Ella currently resides on Cameraygal Country working as a freelance creative, performer and cultural liaison.

Location
Sydney/Melbourne