Our History

Kelvedon Dance Studio, formerly The Linda Lesley School of Ballet, was founded in 1963 by Linda Jaffe (nee Thorogood).  Classes were held in a studio that was converted from a double garage by her father, Robert Thorogood.  Later a large studio was built in the gardens of ‘Dor Ron Hil’ Church Road Kelvedon, which enabled the school to hold examinations

Initially R.A.D exams, then ISTD Classical Ballet exams were held, including major examinations in both branches.  Many students were awarded grants from the Essex Education Authority to further their training.

Schools attended include:

  • Royal Academy of Dancing
  • London College
  • Royal Ballet School
  • Arts Educational
  • Laine Theatre Arts
  • Bush Davies
  • Elmhurst

After the sale of ‘Dor Ron Hil’ Church Road Kelvedon, in the mid seventies, the school moved to the united Reformed Church (U.R.C.) in Kelvedon at which time Reverend Frank Jones was the minister.

In 1981 the school passed over to Andrea Pridham F.I.S.T.D, a former pupil. Andrea has been running KDS ever since