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 2020-2021

These dates are set but dependent on Covid-19 safeguarding rules.

Autumn Term 2020

Saturday 5th September – Saturday 12th December
Half term 24th October – Saturday 31st October incl
14 week term

Spring Term 2021

Wednesday 6th January – Tuesday 30th March
Half term 15th February - 20th February
12 week term


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