The LDA, where you can learn ballet from fully qualified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and ISTD teachers and former English National Ballet dancers.

Pupils are given the opportunity to enter RAD examinations and to perform in our shows, giving them the experience of performing infront of an audience with professional lighting, costumes and music.

At the end of each 12 week term, friends and family are invited into the class to watch their children’s achievements.

Kate Stober (nee Durham-Matthews)   A.R.A.D., Dip P.D.T.D., HND., BA (Hons) – Founder/Teacher

Kate trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and the English National Ballet School where she received a scholarship to train with the Vaganova (Kirov) Ballet Academy (St Petersburgh).

She danced with the English National Ballet company nationally and internationally performing in a wide variety of productions including: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, X-Ntricities, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty.

As a child, she had a brief acting career where she appeared on various television programmes.

Having received her PDTD (Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma), Kate ran a dancing school in Portugal entering children for exams and choreographing shows. On her return to London, she taught in various dancing schools in the UK until setting up The LDA with Alex Foley, also a dancer with the English National Ballet.

Kate is married with chiidren and lives in south London.


Megan Box-Bardwell  BA(Hons), LRAD, ARAD, RADrts – Teacher

Megan began her training at 2 ½ years old at Dance Foundation, Clacton-on-sea, Essex where she worked her way through the RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern, Tap and Jazz grades.

In 2005 Megan was accepted on to the Royal Academy Of Dance full time degree course and in 2008 was awarded a BA(Hons) in Ballet Education and her Licentiate status. Megan also holds her advanced ballet and became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

In 2008 Megan began teaching for The London Dance Academy and has worked as a freelance dance teacher in London and all over the UK, working in a number of schools and nurseries under Chelsea Ballet Schools.

Megan is the Principal of The South London School of Ballet in East Dulwich.