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Vocational and adult ballet students practicing at our studios in Old Harlow, Essex Ballet First pupils Ballet First pupils
Expert Training in Classical Ballet
3 Yrs - Adult
Vocational and Recreational Students Welcome

Ballet First – Classical Ballet School in Old Harlow, Essex.

Our ballet school was established in 1999 by Theresa Crumb, former student of The Royal Ballet School and founding member of the Royal Ballet, Leo Kersley. It is located in Old Harlow, Essex.

Ballet First provides expert training in traditional Classical Ballet, from 3 years to adults for vocational and recreational students. We have produced dancers that have continued into sustained professional careers, gaining places with Northern Ballet Company, The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, Urdang academy, Trinity Laban, Ballet West Scotland, King’s College and Bodywork Cambridge.

Ballet First promotes inclusivity, individuality and supports dancers in reaching their full potential through technical achievement and artistic development, preparing them for the next stage in their dance careers. We follow the Royal Ballet School new methods of training enabling dancers to develop a joy of dance and become the best possible dancer they can be.

Expert Training with Professional Teaching Faculty

Expert, professional ballet teaching at our Old Harlow studios

All teachers are enchanced CRB checked and fully insured

Principal trained at the Royal Ballet School



Annual Performance Opportunity in Local Theatre

Ballet First pupils at the 2016 annual performance

Liscensed chaperones for all performing events

Parent Observation Weeks each term

Half-yearly written appraisals


Very Large Dance Studios

One of our two very large dance studios

Large adjoining cafe area and garden access

Free parking

Wheelchair access

Ample changing facilities


Based in Old Harlow, Essex

Map showing our location in Old Harlow, Essex

Convenient for:

Harlow & Epping

Bishops Stortford & Sawbridgeworth

Hertford and Ware

Ballet First programme

News and Events

Amanda Ochap gains place on the Associate course at Central School of Ballet

12 yr. old Amanda Ochap successfully auditioned during the Lockdown period for a coveted place at Central School of Ballet, London on the Associate Prep 1 course from Sept. 2020. Amanda was then offered a further place for the Prep 2 class from Sept 2021 and has now been offered a place on the Prep 3 Associate course starting Sept. 2022. Well done! 

Lucy Pearce gains Scholarship at King's Dance College

See the full story at News and Events 2019


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