Welcome to
FirstSteps School of Dance


Where we spread the joy of dance and nurture an environment where all our students can fulfil their potential.

Learning ballet and all dance styles give young people and adults the ability to move with poise and confidence. Students will develop dance technique; discover a means of self expression and cultivate social skills. These skills are transferable to other activities such as school, university and work-life.

All our staff are qualified Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Teachers and assistants are all DBS checked, and fulfil annual Continuing Professional Development requirements (CPD). FirstSteps School of Dance is a fully inclusive school, supporting equality and diversity, please see our EDI Statement on the Information Page. This family run school is welcoming, structured and has a sympathetic approach to the needs of every student.

Childrens Classes

We run ballet and jazz classes for children of all ages and abilities from pre-school to young adults.

Adult Classes

Whether you’re a beginner or have experience in dance, we have a class suitable for you.  



The staff at FirstSteps School of Dance are all DBS checked and Royal Academy of Dance/Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, qualified teachers.


See a complete schedule of classes running at our studio in Alexandra Palace, London.



Full details of our term fees and useful downloads including our Child Protection Policy and EDI Statement.


See our students happy and confident in class and on stage.

What do we do at
FirstSteps School of Dance?

Our school provides ballet training from Pre-School through the grades to vocational level, which includes pointe work training. We have a dedicated boy’s class, (Boys Dance) and welcome boys to our jazz class and our graded ballet classes.

RAD syllabus classes, include Ballet, Free Movement and Character, and their are opportunities for all ages to participate in workshops and performances. Our Jazz Classes are for children to experience a different dance style, alongside their ballet training. We offer Adult Ballet Classes for beginners and those who are more advanced.

FirstSteps School of Dance offers Royal Academy of Dance Examinations and Class Awards which give students a goal to strive for. A high point of every term is ‘Parents Watching Day’ when we show our term’s work to family and friends. This is essential for keeping in touch with our parents.

Our Story

Our school was opened in 2003, by mother and daughter, Sue and Kit Dickinson. Sue and Kit are from very different backgrounds. Sue with an academic training in human movement psychology and Kit who was a professional ballet dancer. By 2002 they were both qualified RAD teachers and joined forces. We are a family managed school whose ethos is to spread the joy of dance and nurture an environment for all students to fulfil their potential.