Ellen Yilma trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, before joining London Contemporary Dance School and graduating in July 2011. On completing her BA (Hons), she joined Tavaziva as an apprentice dancer and then became a company member in September 2012 and continued to work with them for the following 5 years. In her second year with Tavaziva Ellen completed her MA in contemporary Dance with Distinction. In 2013 she performed Merce Cunningham repertoire, curated by Jeannie Steele as part of a Barbican Exhibition and has also worked with various companies; Watkins Dance Company, IJAD Dance Company, Second Hand Dance, Clod Ensemble and most recently with Akademi in collaboration with Jose Agudo. Ellen joined Richard Alston Dance Company in August 2017.