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Basics of Ballroom

“Ballroom is two people dancing together to music, touching in perfect harmony” Anton du Beke

Are you a dancer who has never had the chance to delve into the world of ballroom and Latin?
Have you always wanted the chance to whirl round the room in a wonderful waltz or wow your audience with your Latin flair?
Would you like to enhance your next production with a beautiful ballroom moment?

Then point your dancing feel in the direction of this brand-new course…

This fun and practical course offers you the opportunity to learn a series of short ballroom and Latin dances with the techniques that are at the centre of them.  No experience needed as we will be starting from scratch – however a good level of fitness will be an advantage.

During the course you will

Please note dancers may need to learn both the male and female roles in dances depending on the gender split in the class

Tutor – Leila Stewart

What the students say…

“I would highly recommend NODA Theatre Summer School to anyone and always come away having learnt a lot, increased in confidence and met some wonderful people. Thank you” 

Tutor: Leila Stewart

I was born in Surrey and have been dancing since the age of five.  I've been fortunate enough to have toured the UK for the last four years along side 'Strictly Come Dancing’s' Pasha Kovalev in two of his UK theatre tours, and I also starred as the principal Ballroom dancer in four National UK Tours - 'Crazy for Gershwin' ‘Simply Gershwin’ and 'Frank Sinatra', dancing to the soundtrack of the spectacular London Concert Orchestra.

Over the years I have taught a range of household celebrities including TV star Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), former England rugby Captain Chris Robshaw, Germany international and Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger, and former tennis World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. 

From 2016 I was working onboard the 'Strictly Come Dancing' themed P&O cruises, teaching and performing along side the show's professionals.

Alongside managing and developing my dance school Balliamo, I have also recently retired from a very successful competitive career, some of my results include:

British National Latin under 21 Champion 
World Youth Semi-finalist - 8th place
British Amateur Latin Championships - 7th place
British Professional Latin Championships - 4th place