Camilla Hitchcock LRAD ARAD

All Grades
School Principal

Camilla began her classical training with Letty Littlewood at The Associated Arts School in Wimbledon.

She trained further with Dame Merle Park and Shirley Grahame.

Camilla gained Distinction in all her ballet, tap and modern examinations at The Arts Educational schools in the Barbican. In 1989 she went to the Royal Academy of Dance to study ballet teaching. She gained her advanced ballet and LRAD and become a licentiate of the Academy in 1991.

Camilla established First Steps Academy in 1993 and has grown the school to be a happy vibrant place where all children enjoy dance whether for fun or seroius dance training.

Camilla holds 100% pass rate in children's RAD ballet examinations.

Miss Chilian Heredia PDTD

Higher Grades Rad Ballet and dance technique class on Tuesdays

PDTD is a professional dancer's course Royal Academy of Dance.

Training: National ballet school of Cuba

Progressing dance technique cert
Professional dancer teaching diploma
Teaching Diploma – Havana Cuba

Dance teacher experience

Ballet mistress for; The Royal Academy of Dance, Van Nierker Academy Ballet, Lian Mcrae School, Laundy School of Ballet.

Ballet companies

National Ballet of Cuba, Le Jeune Ballet de France, The London City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Company, Pro Dance Company, English National Ballet, London Childrens Ballet.

Nicola Leftwich

Ballet Teacher
Monday’s Grades 1&3

Nicola was a professional ballerina touring the world with classical companies including The European Dance Company, Vienna Festival Ballet and Wiener Ballet Theatre. Her solo roles include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides and Giselle.

She toured with Bolshoi Ballet star Stanislav Tschassov, partnering him in the White Swan and the pas de deux from The Nutcracker. She also appeared at the Edinburgh Film Festival with modern dance company Reanimators. Nicola has choreographed for various dance shows touring Australia.

Becca Lamburn 1st BA(hons) NATA

Monday baby Ballet & Friday Street Jazz Teacher

First Degree in BA Music and Musical Theatre
1 Year Intensive Diploma in Musical Theatre at Associated Studios
NATD Trained Ballet, Tap & Modern
Demolition Street Dance Troupe Member.

Becca has trained in Ballet, Tap and Modern/Jazz from the age of 3 completing grades to Advanced with the National Association of Teachers of Dancing and has taught in a range of dance schools across the South West.

Kathleen Gilbert

Tap and Musical Theatre classes - Saturdays

Masters of Art – Arts Educational schools London
Graduate studies diploma in Dance
Musical Theatre Diploma
Bachelor of fine Arts
Fellowship SOBHD
Certified highland teacher SDTA
Certified Tap teacher _ associate ISTD

Highly experienced teacher of children in both education and dance.

Wayne Summers-Taylor

Weekday piano classes
Piano & Singing Teacher, Vocal coach

Wayne was born in Swansea, South Wales where he studied piano and organ from an early age.

His interest in singing began early on when he became a lay clerk in Brecon Cathedral Choir, and encouraged by the then choirmaster David Gedge MBE, started singing lessons shortly afterwards. He was regularly called on as soloist in the Cathedral Choir services and concerts.

He went on to study both at the Guildhall School of Music and Trinity College of Music in London with Mollie Petrie, Morag Noble and John Wakefield. He has taken part in masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Ian Partridge, Raimund Herincx, Martyn Hill and Anthony Roden amongst others.

Opera directors he has worked with include Patrick Libby, Anthony Besch, Carlos Wagner, Robert Cheddar, Michael Hunt and Terry John Bates. Most recently studying in London with the Australian tenor, Anthony Roden.

Wayne has worked as a pianist and accompanist for many years. For some time he had a successful jazz group called the Summers Trio, performing regularly at venues such as Harvey Nichols, Pizza Express, Soho and Jazz After Dark.

He has taught both singing and piano for many years, with several pupils going on to study at professional stage and music schools.