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 2019-2020

Autumn Term

Saturday 7th September – Saturday 14th December
Half term: Saturday 19th October – Sunday 27th October (2 Saturdays off)

Watching Week:

Monday 9th December – Saturday 14th December

Spring term 2020

Monday January 6th – Saturday 4th April
Half term: 17th February – 22nd February


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