Born in Dubbo, Ella is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people. She made her debut with Bangarra in ‘Fire’ – the company’s 20th anniversary retrospective, 2009. Ella’s first few days with Bangarra were spent with the community in Arhnem Land. She was humbled by the opportunity to visit Djakapurra’s home land and to connect with the community.
After graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 2007, Ella performed with Leigh Warren and Dancers in ‘Petroglyphs’, 2008. She was honoured to be able to work with former Bangarra dancers; Gina Rings, Albert David and Sani Ray. For this performance she was nominated as ‘Dancer to Watch’ in the Dance Australia Critics Survey.
Since then she has performed in Stephen Page’s Mathinna and in Bangarra’s double bill of earth & sky in 2010, the European tour of Spirit in early 2011, the national tour of Belong and Mathinna in regional NT and QLD. In 2010, Ella took part in the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund Professional and Educational Development Program, receiving a Dance scholarship as a part of the program.
In 2012, Ella performed with Bangarra in their collaboration with the Australian Ballet for their 50th Anniversary celebrations, as well as Bangarra’s national tour of TERRAIN and regional tour of of earth & sky.
As an aspiring artist, Ella loves to produce various forms of visual art and practice traditional aboriginal basket weaving.
Ella joined The Australian Ballet in 2013. Ella, a documentary centring on Ella and her dance journey to date, was released at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival.
She owes her success to her mother; her strength and determination inspires her in everything she does.