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 2021

These dates are set but dependent on Covid-19 restrictions.

Spring Term 2021

Monday 18th January – Wednesday 31st March
half term (TBC - may go straight through to end of March) 15th February - 20th February

Summer Term 2021

Saturday 17th April - Friday 16th July
half term 31st May - 5th June
13 week term


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