Balliamo Dance Academy was founded in 2016 by former British National Latin American Champion Leila Stewart, and is based at our purpose-built studio in the heart of Epsom, Surrey. We deliver Latin, Ballroom and Salsa private lessons, classes, and events for all ages and abilities - whether it’s to introduce new people to the genre or to advance those already engaged in the world of dance.
Born and raised in Surrey, I founded Balliamo Dance Academy in 2016 and opened our brand new Epsom studio in 2018 in order to apply my career experience to teaching, and support students of all ages and abilities. We now have a fantastic growing group that range from social dancers to competitors that have contributed to shaping Balliamo since the very beginning.
For the last 10 years I’ve represented England in the Latin American section, and I became British National Latin American Champion at the prestigious Blackpool Winter Gardens. Over the years I also placed 4th in the Dutch Open, 4th in the International Championships, and most recently in 2017 placing 4th in the Professional Latin British Nationals prior to my retirement from competitive dancing.
I've also been fortunate enough to have a successful career performing, touring the UK for five years alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev in two of his National UK theatre tours. Alongside Strictly show work on-land, I teach and perform alongside the show's professionals on the Strictly Come Dancing-themed P&O Cruises.
I also starred as the Principal Ballroom Dancer in six national UK theatre tours; Crazy for Gershwin, Simply Gershwin, and Frank Sinatra - dancing to the spectacular soundtrack of the London Concert Orchestra. I’ve also worked with and taught a range of celebrities including TV star Nick Frost in Cuban Fury, former England Rugby Captain Chris Robshaw for MaxiNutrition, German football star Bastian Schweinsteiger, and former tennis World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.
I started dancing at the age of four and have since performed in many corporate events all over the UK. I specifically enjoy working with children as I have a natural affinity for helping them realise their full potential not only dance-wise but also in developing their personalities.
Post-medalist exams with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), I then entered into the competitive circuit. I reached seventh place in the British National Latin and Ballroom Championships held in the prestigious Blackpool Winter Gardens.
I am an Amateur 10 Dance competitor and in 2009 started dancing in my first year of study at The University of Cambridge going on to win the National Beginners Trophy for both Ballroom and Latin. I competed with the current British Latin Formation champions and the 11th best Latin Formation team in the world (XS Latin) from 2011 to 2016.
In 2017 I founded a new dance partnership with Dagmara Rutkowska and entered our first major international competition in January 2018, and teach both children's and adult classes for Balliamo.
We opened our brand new purpose-built studio in the Epsom Square complex in September 2018:
2,000 sq ft floor space (internal partition available)
Changing room, toilets and showers
In addition, Balliamo Dance Academy clients have access to the following amenities at the Epsom Square complex:
Underground secure car parking
Bars, restaurants and coffee shops
Adjacent to Epsom Station and the High Street
We teach private lessons and group classes at our venue in Epsom, Surrey.
Balliamo Dance Academy