First Steps Academy is a school where girls and boys of all ages come to learn to express themselves through the medium of dance and share their positive experiences.

It was established in 1992 by the principal Camilla Hitchcock LRAD ARAD a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. The internationally acclaimed ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE is the schools patron.

At First Steps we lovingly guide nursery ballet children all the way through to their Grade 8 RAD Award.

Our carefully selected team of expert teachers have successfully achieved 100% pass rate for thousand's of children in recognised examinations.

Our Classes
Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.

Melissa Hayden

Covid-19 Information and School Policy

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As of Friday 19th March am – we will be suspending all classes in line with all schools.
We Plan to re-open after the summer half term.
Please use our online ballet coaching videos until we re-open.

Staysafe and Keep Healthy everyone

First Steps Term Dates 2020

These dates are a guide and are dependent on Covid-19 safeguarding rules.

Summer Term

Monday 1st June – Saturday 18th July
Summer School: Monday 20th July - 24th July 9.30am - 4.00pm

Autumn Term

Saturday 5th September – Friday 18th December
Half term: Saturday 24th October – Saturday 31st October


Our teachers can develop childrens' skills in a variety of dance types, from ballet to street