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.

If we have to delay summer term we will charge you only for what classes we can provide.
We may extend the following term beyond the usual 12 weeks or we may have a short term late summer as travel plans are halted.

Staysafe and Keep Healthy everyone

First Steps Term Dates 2020

These dates are a guide and are dependent on covid19 safeguarding rules
Summer Term

Monday 20th April – Saturday 18th July @Lillie rd.
Term Starts on Monday 27th April at Cloncurry st venue.

Half term: Monday 25th May – Saturday 30th May
No classes on Friday 8th May.

SUMMER SCHOOL: Monday 20th July - 24th July 9.30am - 4.00pm

Autumn Term

Monday 7th September – Saturday 12th 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