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 school's patron.

At First Steps we carefully guide children in nursery ballet all the way through to their Grade 8 RAD Award.

Our selected team of expert teachers in their field have successfully achieved 100% pass rate for thousands of children in recognised examinations at First Steps.

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 2022

Summer term 2022

Wednesday 20th April - Monday 18th July

Summer School ages 5 - 11yrs

Junior Week 25th - 30th July and senior week 29th August - 31st August 11yrs - 16yrs

Autumn term 2022

5th September - 5th December 

Spring term 2023 6th January - 31st March half term 13th - 18th February

Summer term 2023  22 April - 15th July half term 27th May - 2nd June


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