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Kym Giggins

Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre

Kym 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 Wolerhampton Grand Theatre and “Aladdin” in Manchester. She toured the UK performing in summer Seasons as head dancer and backing singer. She last performed at Glyndebourne in “Ariadne”.

Kym gained a degree in Dance Education and has taught Tap, Modern, Jazz and Musical Theatre at ESSPA for 18 years. She has 2 children India and Zach.

Kimberley Whyborne

Ballet, Musical Theatre

Kimberley graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) with BA (Hons) in Dance Education and gained her registered RAD teacher status and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD ) Diploma in Dance Instruction.

Kimberley has taught at Newlands School and Eastbourne Academy of Dancing. In 2015 she started at The Legat School of Dance at the Bede’s Senior School, teaching RAD Ballet to senior and 6th form Students. In 2016 she took over teaching RAD Ballet to children at Bede’s Lower school.

She set up ESSPA Robertsbridge five years ago and teaches pre school and Rad Ballet there.

India Giggins

Tap, Modern, Acrobatic Arts, Musical Theatre

India gained a scholarship on the Performing Arts course at Newlands School and had additional training at Italia Conti, Tunbridge Wells. At Performers College she achieved her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction for Modern Theatre and Tap.

India has performed in many venues, including the Wimbledon Theatre, Assembly Halls – Tunbridge Wells and the Royal Albert Hall. She was a featured dancer at Glyndebourne Opera House and danced in pantomimes including ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Aladdin’.

India and Kimberley set up the ESSPA Robertsbridge School in 2013 and is a guest teacher at Italia Conti, Tunbridge Wells.

Teena Symonds

Balletcise, Drama

Teena 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 has appeared in many TV programmes, including ‘The Bill’, ‘Darling Buds of May’, ‘Victoria Wood,’ ‘South of The Border,’ and ‘Portrait of a Marriage’.

Teena has choreographed for televised pageants on Runneymede, operas 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, Brigidine Convent, St. Richards, Helenswood, Battle Abbey School and The Grove. She opened the Symonds Stage School in Surrey, which she ran for eight years before establishing ESSPA in 1992. She has worked for many years at Glyndebourne Opera House as head chaperone and more recently for David Ian Productions, looking after the Von Trapp Family on the ‘Sound of Music’ tour in the UK, China and Indonesia.

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. Her drama teaching career started in 1996 in Bedford and then Walthamstow, before becoming Head of the Performing Arts Faculty at Hasting College.

Kate has is currently teaching LAMDA at Bethany School, Kent as well as the Drama classes at ESSPA. Throughout her career, Kate has been worked with semi professional theatre companies,taking on roles in ‘Follies’, ‘Hair’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Les Liaison Dangereuse’.

Kate has directed numerous stage productions for all ages and is proud to be a part of her local amateur theatre company.

Jenny Vizinet

Muical Theatre

Jenny gained a BA Hons degree in music at the University of York. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music and held the Meaker Fellowship 2002-3. She achieved a Masters of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Jennifer has given recitals with many outstanding musicians in venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall, St Martin’s in the Field and St John’s Smith Square. She accompanied a finalist on the ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’ and won the ‘AESS Patricia Routledge National Song Competion’ prize for English Song.

Jennifer has performed with P&O, Fred Olsen and Saga Cruise Lines. She was part of ‘Live Music Now!’ and has worked as a staff accompanist at GSMD and Pianist at the Royal Academy of Dance.