Teena Symonds


School Principal. Teaches Musical Theatre, Drama & Balletcise

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.

She danced in Ken Russell’s film ‘Isadora Duncan’ and as an actress has appeared in many TV programmes, such as ‘The Bill’, ‘Darling Buds of May’, ‘Victoria Wood’, ‘Les Dennis Laughter Show’, ‘Portrait of a Lady’ to name but a few. Teena has choreographed for televised pageants on Runneymede, opera’s for First Act Opera and South East Opera and has written, directed and choreographed musical theatre shows up and down the country.

Teena has taught at Guildford School of Acting and Brigidine Convent, Windsor. She opened The Symonds Stage School in Surrey which she ran for eight years. She taught Drama and Speech in Singapore and returned to England and has taught English and Drama at Helenswood, St. Richards and The Grove. Teena established esspa in 1992 which moved to its current site in 1998.

She has worked at Glyndebourne Opera House as head chaperone for many years and recently spent 7 months as head chaperone for the Von Trapp children in ‘The Sound of Music’ national tour. In her spare time, Teena entertains on cruise ships, where she narrates and reads poetry related to themed classical concerts.

Kym Giggins


Teaches Tap, Modern, Jazz & 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. She toured the UK performing in summer seasons as head dancer and backing singer. Last year she performed at Glyndebourne in ‘Ariadne’

Kym gained a degree in Dance Education and has assisted Teena in running ESSPA for the last 17 years. She teaches modern, jazz and musical theatre.

Kym also chaperoned at Glyndbourne and has worked with children in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ at the proms performance at The Royal Albert Hall. She has 2 children India and Zak

Emma Manes


Teaches Ballet Grades & Vocational Classes

Emma Manes trained at Tring Park from the age of 12 and then at 16 studied at the Royal Ballet School on the Teachers Training Course. She went on to jointly run the Phoenix Theatre Arts project as head of dance and choreographed all their productions.

She spent a year in Portugal in a contemporary company touring ‘Amar Amalia’, then joined Vienna Festival Ballet touring England. She played the principal role of the Queen in Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’, touring Europe Japan and Korea . On returning to the UK she performed in numerous productions with the Royal Opera Company (Covent Garden) and English National Opera (London Coliseum) including ‘La Traviata’, ‘Samson and Delilah’, ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ with Placido Domingo and ‘Onegin’.

Emma is a cover teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London. She has taught at esspa for four years, raising the standard of our vocational students to a very high level. She also teaches at the Eastbourne Academy of Dance and Legat based in St. Bedes, Lower Dicker.

Emma has 2 daughters Holly and Sofia.

Kimberley Whyborne


Teaches Ballet Grades & Vocational Classes

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. She recently gained her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction for Modern Theatre, and is a RAD Registered Teacher.

As well as teaching ballet at esspa, Kimberley also runs the administration for the office and the dancewear shop, teaches RAD ballet at the Eastbourne Academy of Dancing, and performs as part of the esspa cabaret group.

Kimberley is an established instructor of Booiaka (cardio dance workouts) running classes for adults at Freedom Leisure, in Bexhill and the Community Centre in Robertsbridge. Together with India Giggins, Kimberley has opened another branch of esspa, teaching ballet in Robertsbridge.

Jennifer Miles


Teaches 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.

Jennifer has given recitals with many outstanding musicians in venues throughout the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin’s-in-the-Field, St John’s Smith Square and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. She accompanied a Brass finalist in the ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year competition’ and won the ‘AESS Patricia Routledge National Song Competition’ pianist prize for English song. Jennifer has performed as a soloist and as part of various duos with P&O, Fred Olsen and Saga Cruise Lines. She was part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme, performing and leading workshops for audiences who would not necessarily be able to attend concerts themselves.

Jennifer works as a staff accompanist at GSMD and pianist at the Royal Academy of Dance and has been Musical Director at esspa for 19 years.

India Giggins


Teaches Commercial, Modern, Tap and Festival Work

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 had additional training at Italia Conti and performed for them at the Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells.

At Performers College she gained her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction for Modern Theatre and has recently been awarded her Diploma in Tap. As well as touring in Sri Lanka, India has performed at the Wimbledon Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall and Glyndebourne Opera House where she was a featured dancer.

India teaches Tap, Commercial, Advanced Modern and the Festival Class. Together with Kimberley Whyborne, she has opened a new branch of esspa in Robertsbridge, teaching Modern, Tap, Commercial and Musical Theatre for all ages.