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 - Amelia Palmiero

Emily May Hunt

Emily is our Head Trainer at LDM, leading on our fitness programme content for group classes and privates, whilst also assisting Louisa with all in-house training.

Emily's passion for dance and movement led her to fitness following a successful career in professional dance. Emily trained at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) graduating with a degree in dance, before performing overseas on cruise lines, and in the UK's theatrical and commercial sectors.

As a Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3 Personal Trainer, and qualified in pre and post-natal fitness, Emily now loves to combine her knowledge of classical dance techniques with traditional fitness methodology. It is this combination which drew Emily to LDM, where she strives to empower clients to feel stronger and more confident.

LDM Trainer - Natalie Betts

Natalie Simmonds

Natalie is one of our Lead Instructors teaching a large range of the LDM content and classes. She leads private training and restorative workshops.

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, she is qualified in pre and post-natal fitness, and meditation. Expect a holistic and technically focused class that works you hard and leaves you feeling empowered.


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 - Carly Mangini

Carly Mangini

Carly is originally from the USA. She initially worked in fundraising and event planning, but fitness stole her heart and after retraining she was an instructor in NYC before relocating to London.

Carly also completed 250 hour yoga teacher training in Costa Rica with Caribe Yoga and loves to incorporate yoga principles into the other styles that she teaches. Carly has completed the Louisa Drake Method in-house training with Louisa and the team in preparation to lead LDM sessions.

Carly's motivating classes deliver the burn with a smile and lots of motivation to help you reach your maximum potential.

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