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

First Steps Term Dates 2020

Spring Term

Monday 6th January – Saturday 4th April
Half term: Monday 17th February – Sunday 23rd February

Summer Term

Saturday 25th April – Friday 17th July
Half term: Monday 25th May – Saturday 30th May
SUMMER SCHOOL: Monday 20th July - 24th July 9.30am - 4.00pm

Autumn Term

Monday 7th September – Saturday 12th December
Half term: Monday 26th October – Saturday 31st October


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