Ellya began her dance training in Malaysia at the age of 3 and completed her Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Ballet and Modern Advanced 2 with Distinctions by the age of 16.
Whilst living in Malaysia, she performed a senior soloist role touring the East Malaysia with Ena Ballet Japan in collaboration with Danceworks Malaysia and The Dance Society of Malaysia. In 2009, she won a scholarship bringing her to dance in Vienna, Austria for the prestigious Vienna Opera Ball, representing Malaysia.
Upon relocating back to Australia in 2010, she began competing in Standard and Latin. Training in all 10 styles within a year, she and her partner won an impressive Australian Title, placing 1st in the Youth Latin Category in the prestigious and annual Australian Championships in December 2011 in Hisense Arena.
In 2014, Ellya graduated atVictorian College of the Arts, Melbourne graduating with a Bacherlor of Fine Arts (Dance)with First Class Honours. At the Victorian College of the Arts.
Upon graduating, she remained in Melbourne where she worked with Gary Abrahams (Dirty Pretty Theatre) for Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEON Festival 2015 in the production of The Lonely Wolf (or an incomplete guide for an unadvanced soul) at South Bank Theatre. She also pioneered in the Research and Development process with Rochelle Carmichael for Fringe Festival 2015 and with Lina Limosani, assisting in her development for Adelaide Festival 2017 for the performance of What Lies Within.
In July 2016 she relocated to Adelaide to work with The Australian Dance Theatre where she performed with the company in their season Ignition: History. There, she worked closely with the Adelaide independent arts scene collaborating with the Australian Dance Theatre company dancers as well as commissioned artists Lina Limosani, Erin Fowler, Katrina Lazaroff, Matte Roffe and Thomas Fonua.
She moved to London to pursue further creative opportunities in August 2016. She has since worked with Beth Terwilinger aiding in her research and development in a residency Clarence Mews and has performed with Joe Garbett Dance, Piece by Piece Company, Natalie Sue and Kate Prince with Sadler’s Wells. She currently teaches and dances professionally side by side.