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The East Sussex School
of Performings Arts

Bexhill's most established
performing arts school

Build confidence
and make new friends

The chance to perform on stage

Get involved in all aspects
of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre classes
for all ages

RAD Ballet instruction

ISTD Tap dancing

Contemporary and lyrical
Modern Dance

LAMDA Acting and Speaking of Verse & Prose

Classes start from just £6.00. Pay weekly, or by term to recieve a discount.

We offer classes in all forms of theatre arts for children aged from three years through to adults. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn a creative skill which will stretch their imaginations and give them a fit and healthy mind and body.

Learning to dance can build self-confidence, improving posture, deportment and attitude. Drama and musical theatre help to develop life skills, preparing the student not only for a performance on stage, but for everyday situations in their future life.

Our extra curricular classes provide children with a friendly and encouraging atmosphere in which they can meet and make friends with other children from a wide area whilst learning strong vocational techniques from a highly qualified staff.

Our children have the opportunity to perform in a large musical theatre production at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill annually and we frequently provide the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Touring Company with child actors / dancers, giving them professional theatre experience.

Book by JULIAN FELLOWES – Music by GEORGE STILES – Lyrics by ANTHONY DREWE – Based on the book by KENNETH GRAHAME

Our next stage production will be at the De La Warr Pavillion on the 13th and 14th April 2019.

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Autumn term

Term 1 runs fom the 4th September –  20th October

Term 2 runs fom the 29th October –  19th December

ESSPA run more than 30 classes running over 6 days. Pre Primary classes last 30 mins, Primary classes last 45 mins, and Junior, Secondary and Adult classes run for 1 hour.

All students have the opportunity to enter examinations in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern Theatre Dance and Tap, and LAMDA Acting and Speaking of Verse and Prose.

Our annual shows are a great way to make new friends and work with some fantastic staging profressionals.

Each year we offer all students the opportunity to perform in a large theatrical productions, at one of our local theatres. Productions will either be a well loved musical, or a new devised show created specifically with the school pupils in mind.

 

These shows offer our pupils a chance to work with all the other teachers and pupils from across the school. Its a great way to make new and lasting friendships and also provides a fantastic opportunity to work with skilled staging professionals on an exciting production.

Recents shows includ The Projectionist (2018), Just Grow Up (2017), The Secret Garden (2016) and a modern take on Sleeping Beauty (2015).  All our shows are made available on DVD and Blu Ray. To learn more, click on the images below.

You can also find a well stocked dancewear shop at the ESSPA site at 17 London Road, Bexhill on Sea.

The esspa dancewear store

We are stockists for many specialised dancewear brands including Bloch, Freeds, Capezio, Sansha, Gifted Dancer and Agiva. All our staff are fully trained in fitting a wide variety of products and are always happy to assist you in finding what ever you require.

In store you will find a full range of dance shoes including Soft Ballet (leather and satin in pink, black and white), Pointe Shoes, Soft blocks, Bridesmaids, Tap shoes (black, white Leather and canvas), Character (leather and canvas) Dance Trainers, Greek sandals and Ballroom. If we do not have the items you are looking for, we are always happy to order them for you and contact you as soon as they come in.

You will also find leotards of all colours (sleeveless, short sleeved and long sleeved), catsuits, jazz trousers, character skirts, ballet skirts, tap skirts, dance bags for tinies and teenagers, legwarmers, gifts, cards, wrapping paper, and of course the esspa uniform.

email us at info@esspa.co.uk  

Call us on (01424) 211666

Meet the Team

Kim Giggins

Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre

Kym Giggins trained at the Pineapple Dance Studios in London and after dancing in Turkey and Malta, performed as a dancer in ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Aladdin’ at The Grand Theatre, Wolerhampton and ‘Aladdin’ in Manchester.  Learn more…

Kimberley Whyborne

Ballet and Musical Theatre

Kimberley Whyborne spent her childhood at esspa learning ballet, modern, tap and musical theatre. She went on to train at The Royal Academy of Dance graduating with a BA Hons in Dance Education. Learn more…

India Giggins

Tap, Modern and Acrobatic Arts

India Giggins became a pupil of ESSPA when she was 3 years old. After gaining a scholarship on the Performing Arts course at Newlands School, India trained at Performers College and Italia Conti. Learn more..

Teena Symonds

Ballet and Drama

Teena Symonds trained at The Guildford School of Acting in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Drama. She has danced at The Arcadia Theatre, Llandudno, The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, The London Palladium and was Head Girl of Murray’s Cabaret Club, London. Learn more…

Jenny Visinet

Musical Theatre

Jennifer Miles gained a BA Hons degree in music at the University of York, and continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she held the Meaker Fellowship 2002 – 2003. She has achieved a Masters of Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Learn more…

 

Kate West

Drama

Kate studied Drama and English Literature at Nene College, Northampton and graduated with BA Hons (Combined). From there Kate attended Middlesex University to do her PGCE in Drama. Learn more…