Meet the Team

Louisa Drake - LDM Founder

Louisa Drake

Founder & creator of The Louisa Drake Method, a unique fitness-fusion approach to working out. The Method was created by drawing upon her illustrious industry experience and background as a professional dancer and choreographer, to provide creative and varied sessions that generate lasting results.

Having worked in the industry for over a decade, highlights include training some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham as part of Tracy Anderson's elite team in LA and NYC, it was time for Louisa to launch her own method in London.

With her enviable career history and qualifications in Pilates, Barre, Strala yoga and dance - in 2015 Louisa fused her experience and skills to create the “The Louisa Drake Method”. In two short years, it has taken London with sell-out classes and celebrity fans.

LDM Trainer - Sophie Whitwell

Sophie Whitwell

As a young professional dancer and actress Sophie graduated from Laine Theatre Arts with a Level 6 Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre. Following her training she went on to perform in a number of productions in the Uk and abroad.

Sophie begin teaching dance for students aged 6-18 at Stagecoach Theatre Arts. A natural teacher she went on to achieve a Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification then certified as Les Mills Body Pump instructor. Sophie also holds Level 2 certification in Gym Instruction, Level 3 Personal Training qualification as well as Pre and Post Natal Level 3 Award.

You can expect upbeat, fun and challenging classes. Sophie is passionate about leading a happy and healthy lifestyle and this translates through her teaching.

LDM Trainer - Beth Finch

Beth Finch

Beth's experience as a professional ballet dancer taught her self discipline and perseverance. After studying at the the prestigious Royal Ballet School, Beth went on to perform with the company. Following this she performed with the Bordeaux Ballet and the Hong Kong Ballet.

With a passion for health and fitness Beth retrained to achieve her Level 2 Fitness instructor certification and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. She also specialises in Pilates mat work to Level 3, special populations and injury. With a wealth of knowledge and experience through her professional dance and fitness career, Beth has taught a combination of barre, ballet, mobility and pilates sessions in Bordeaux and London.

Beth's classes always deliver the burn with a smile, detail and lots of motivation.

LDM Trainer - Guy Warren-Thomas

Guy Warren-Thomas

Guy trained as an actor and found exercise helped to alleviate the pressures of London life. He decided to share his enthusiasm for fitness and achieved Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification as well as Level 2 certification in Gym Instruction and Level 3 Personal Training qualification. Alongside his fitness studies Guy is a certified meditation teacher with the British School of Mediation, so brings this expertise to his classes. His goal is to keep class goers balanced, focussed and challenged in his sessions.

LDM Trainer - Ami Tollin

Ami Tollin

Ami began her career as a professional dancer and aerialist and has enjoyed travelling the world as a performer. She is a STOTT Pilates qualified instructor in matwork and reformer. Ami studied at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India and has completed 300 hours of study. She is a Yoga Alliance recognised instructor as well as achieving qualifications in Barre fitness and Ballet.

With over 10 years experience teaching in the dance and fitness industry her classes aim to leave you feeling stronger, longer and fully motivated!

LDM Trainer -Lydia MacKenzie

Lydia Mackenzie

Lydia is a professionally trained dancer and experienced teacher and performer. After studying dance and performance at the Central School of Ballet she has enjoyed a diverse performing and teaching career.

She has four years experience teaching Dance and Barre fitness across London’s hotspot’s, studios and schools to a range of ages and abilities. Her background in dance helps her to share her love for fitness and movement with others.

Lydia has completed her Louisa Drake Method in-house training with Louisa and the team and is excited to lead classes at the LDM Studio. Expect welcoming, creative and challenging classes from Lydia.

LDM Trainer - Amelia Palmiero

Amelia Palmiero

Amelia is a professional ballet dancer and has just completed an apprenticeship at the Royal Ballet, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Her vocational training in classical ballet at the Royal Ballet School enabled her to become a member of the corps de ballet in one of the top ballet companies in the world; and has performed a wide range of productions with dancers of the highest standard.

With a passion for fitness and wellbeing Amelia has achieved her Barre Certification under the Barreworks Instructor Training Programme where she studied various techniques including the Lotte Berk Method and the New York City Ballet workout, yoga, pilates, strength and conditioning techniques with her classical ballet training.

In addition to her certification she has completed the Louisa Drake Method in-house training with Louisa and the team in preparation to lead LDM sessions. Amelia’s inspiring classes deliver focussed and precise movement with supportive and upbeat guidance.

LDM Trainer - Natalie Betts

Natalie Betts

Natalie comes from a professional dance background specialising in classical ballet, musical theatre and jazz. After graduating from Dance Studios of Cambridge she has performed around the world.

Natalie is Yoga Alliance recognised instructor after completing 200 hour teacher training at Whole Self Yoga with Julie Montagu. In addition to her yoga studies Natalie teaches Ballet and Barre fitness classes. Expect a holistic and technically focused class that works you hard and leaves you feeling empowered.

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