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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

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.

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.

Pre School Classes

We also offer a range of pre-school classes for children aged 2-5 years. Our 30 minute classes are fun and carefully planned to be a perfect fit for babies and toddlers at each stage. Classes take place throughout the week in a welcoming, relaxed environment – making it the ideal way for little ones to discover the joy of dance.

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.

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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..