Meet Corps de Ballet dancer

Ella Havelka

Introducing Ella

 Ella is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people and in 2013 became the first Aboriginal woman to join The Australian Ballet. Born in Dubbo, Ella graduated from The Australian Ballet School in 2007 and made her first appearance with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Fire – A Retrospective in 2009. She danced with Bangarra until 2012, appearing in Mathinna, of earth & sky, Belong, Spirit and Terrain. In 2012, Ella performed in Australia and New York with Bangarra and The Australian Ballet in Warumuk – in the dark night, a collaborative work created by Stephen Page for The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary celebrations. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2013.
In 2016, Ella was the subject of an eponymously titled documentary centring on her dance journey, which was released at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In 2019 Ella guested with Bangarra for its 30th anniversary program; she was named most outstanding dancer in Dance Australia Magazine for her performance in Jiří Kylián’s Stamping Ground, part of that program.


repertoire highlights

  • Grand Matron in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow 2018
  • Peasant Pas de deux and Lead Wili in Giselle (Regional Tour) 2017, 2016
  • Pink Pas de deux in Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land 2016
  • Spanish Dancer in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake 2016
  • Stomper in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room 2015
  • Lead Hungarian in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2015
  • Eclipse in Stephen Page’s Waramuk – In the Dark Night 2012 

You may not know

Ella won a Deadly award in 2012 and a Woman of Style award in 2017. Ella practices traditional aboriginal basket weaving, choreographs and designs lino prints.