ELLA HAVELKA

Born in Dubbo, Ella is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people and was the first Aboriginal Ballet Dancer to join The Australian Ballet company. She has also danced with Bangarra Dance Theatre and has developed a passion for creating opportunities for First Australians to experience the joy of dance.

In 2007, Ella graduated from The Australian Ballet S

Born in Dubbo, Ella is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people and was the first Aboriginal Ballet Dancer to join The Australian Ballet company. She has also danced with Bangarra Dance Theatre and has developed a passion for creating opportunities for First Australians to experience the joy of dance.

In 2007, Ella graduated from The Australian Ballet School with an Advanced Diploma in Dance. She has also studied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art through the Kangan Batman Institute, and Wiradjuri Language and Culture through Charles Sturt University.

Ella made her first appearance with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Fire – A Retrospective in 2009 and danced with the company until 2012. After featuring in Warumuk – in the dark night, a collaborative work created by Stephen Page for The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Ella was invited to join The Australian Ballet. Ella was the subject of an eponymously titled documentary ‘ELLA’ which centred on her dance journey and was released at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016. 

In 2013 Ella was awarded a Deadly award for her contribution to dance and received a Professional Development Scholarship in 2018 which allowed her to travel internationally and learn from esteemed contemporary dance companies, Batsheva Dance Theatre and Hofesh Schector Company.

Ella is a founding member of The Australian Ballet’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and endeavours to see First Nations people become ubiquitous within the Australian arts industry. As an Atlantic Fellow Ella aims to open the world of dance to Australia’s First People and invite the dance industry in Australia to become more wholesome, culturally diverse and accessible.

Kangan Batman Institute, and Wiradjuri Language and Culture through Charles Sturt University.

Ella made her first appearance with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Fire – A Retrospective in 2009 and danced with the company until 2012. After featuring in Warumuk – in the dark night, a collaborative work created by Stephen Page for The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Ella was invited to join The Australian Ballet. Ella was the subject of an eponymously titled documentary ‘ELLA’ which centred on her dance journey and was released at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016. 

In 2013 Ella was awarded a Deadly award for her contribution to dance and received a Professional Development Scholarship in 2018 which allowed her to travel internationally and learn from esteemed contemporary dance companies, Batsheva Dance Theatre and Hofesh Schector Company.

Ella is a founding member of The Australian Ballet’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and endeavours to see First Nations people become ubiquitous within the Australian arts industry. As an Atlantic Fellow Ella aims to open the world of dance to Australia’s First People and invite the dance industry in Australia to become more wholesome, culturally diverse and accessible.

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Night Of Ideas 2021

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Thursday 28 Januray

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Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George Street, 
The Rocks 2000, NSW AUS

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