Born and raised in Akron, OH, Ella Matweyou has been a dancer since the age of eight, studying primarily ballet, modern, and jazz at The Dance Institute of the University of Akron. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance (concentrating on Performance & Education) and a minor in English.
She has had the opportunity to perform choreography by Ohad Naharin, Bebe Miller, Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, Susan Hadley, Abby Zbikowski, Melanie Bales, and other distinguished professionals.
While attending Ohio State, Ella completed her Yoga Alliance Registered 200 Hour Certification in Hatha Yoga from Yoga on High in Columbus, OH. She has also furthered her dance education at summer intensives with Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, The Equus Projects in NYC, Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. This summer, she is attending American Ballet Theatre’s Teacher Training Intensive in NYC.
Here in Portland, Ella works as an instructor for The Aspire Project, Pure Barre Portland-Lloyd, and Yoga Shala of Portland. She also volunteers for Living Yoga, a non-profit which brings trauma-informed yoga to people in prisons, detention centers, rehabilitation programs, and drug treatment centers. She remains actively involved in the Portland dance community by taking classes at various studios and dancing in freelance performance projects. Locally, she has performed with Automal under the direction of Kate Rafter and Fault Line Dance under the direction of Eliza Larson.