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Camilla Hitchcock - LRAD ARAD
Principal Camilla began her classical training with Letty Littlewood at Associated Arts Scool before moving on to Dame Merle Park and Shirley Grahame. She gained distinction in all her ballet, tap and modern examinations at the Arts Educational Schools, Barbican. She completed her teacher training on the 3 year diploma course at the Royal Academy of Dance, London where she gained her Advanced RAD ballet and became a Licentiate of the Academy in 1991. In 1993 she established First Steps Academy and since then has entered thousands of children of all age groups for RAD examinations with 100% success rate.
Lucy Harley - BA (HONS) LRAD RTS
Ballet TeacherLucy trained in Oxfordshire where she gained examinations in tap modern and jazz, but her real passion was ballet.
Lucy completed her dance training at The Royal Academy of Dance London where she graduated with a 2.1 in classical ballet teaching. Lucy teaches all ages from babies to RAD advanced but especially enjoys encouraging the development and creativity of young children.
Alexandra Bootman - AISTD, RAD RTS, BA(Hons)
Ballet Teacher Alex trained at The Arts Educational School, Tring Park where she qualified in ISTD tap and modern as well as performing in the acclaimed Chamber Choir recording an album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She graduated from London Studio Centre and later gained her BA (Hons) in Dance Education from The Royal Academy of Dance. Alex has successfully completed her Masters degree in dance.
Anna King
Streetdance, Jazz and Tap TeacherAnna is an experienced professional dancer and dance teacher. She trained at Stella Mann College and after winning a scholarship she graduated with honours from Italia Conti Academy. Her career has taken her all over the world and highlights include performing for the Queen and Prince Philip. She was a member of the Nu Flow Crew using her skills in Locking, Popping, Tutting and Break Dancing to perform, choreograph and direct shows.
Nicola Leftwich
Ballet Teacher Nicola was a professional ballerina touring the world with classical companies including The European Dance Company, Vienna Festival Ballet and Wiener Ballet Theatre. Her solo roles include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides and Giselle. She toured with Bolshoi Ballet star Stanislav Tschassov, partnering him in the White Swan and the pas de deux from The Nutcracker. She also appeared at the Edinburgh Film Festival with modern dance company Reanimators. Nicola has choreographed for various dance shows touring Australia.
Sabina Cameron - Music Dip BA (hons) piano tutor and reception
Piano TeacherSabina is a classically trained pianist and actress. She has been a piano tutor since 2005 after completing her professional training with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. After university Sabina studied acting at The Arts Educational Schools, Chiswick graduating with a BA (Hons) in Acting. She is currently working as an actress and musician.
REENA BHATTACHARJEE - BA (Hons), RAD RTS, AISTD DDE
SCHOOL SECRETARYReena trained at the Pamela Howard School of Dancing in Ealing from a young age, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern and National dance. She went on to complete the BA (Hons) Ballet Education programme at the Royal Academy of Dance, and also studied with the Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dancing, completing further teaching qualifications in National Dance. She currently works as a freelance Ballet teacher at many schools across West London & Surrey, including the Junior School of the independent ballet company Ballet Black, and for the Royal Academy of Dance.