Ella Matweyou began her pre-professional dance training at The University of Akron Dance Institute, where she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern dance. She went on to pursue contemporary dance at The Ohio State University, in addition to a semester at Point Park University. In 2014, Ella graduated summa cum laude with Distinction from The Ohio State University, attaining a BFA in Dance and a minor in English. While living in Columbus, she also completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification from Yoga on High. Ella has had the opportunity to perform choreography by José Limón, Ohad Naharin, Bebe Miller, Robert Moses, Susan Hadley, Abby Zbikowski, Catherine Turocy, and other distinguished artists. She has also furthered her dance education at summer intensives with Point Park University, Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, American Dance Festival, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.
Ella is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensives in Pre-Primary-Level 5. She is also grateful to be a recipient of a Project Plié scholarship award from American Ballet Theatre, which enabled her to complete her Level 4 & 5 teacher training. In 2017, Ella received a Professional Development scholarship from the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO), which made it possible for her to attend the NDEO National Conference in San Antonio, TX, entitled “Cultivating Equity and Access: Dance Education for All.” In the summer of 2018, Ella attended a Teacher Track Workshop with Limón Dance Company, where she learned to incorporate principles of the Limón technique into her contemporary classes. In August 2019, she became certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon to help students train muscle memory specifically for classical ballet.
In addition to her youth classes at NW Dance Project, Ella is currently the Lead Teacher at Pure Barre Portland and also teaches for The Aspire Project, a non-profit dance organization based in St. Johns. In her spare time, she volunteers for Living Yoga to bring free trauma-informed yoga classes to youth in detention centers. Here in Portland, Ella has performed professionally with PDX Contemporary Ballet, Stumptown Stages, and Fault Line Dance, in addition to several freelance projects. She is excited to share her passion for movement with her students!