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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.

Daisy Oliver


LIDTA & Mutually Recognised Teacher of the Royal Academy of  Dance

Daisy trained at the prestigious BRIT School for performing arts and continued her training at The Centre for performing arts. Daisy has performed with many companies including DisneyLand Paris, Pineapple Cheerleaders based at Pineapple Dance Studios, Wicked productions and had the opportunity to perform in some fantastic theatres including Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank and Theatre Royal, Dury Lane. Film credits include dancer for “ Patellas House”, Bollywood blockbuster and Choreographic credits include Beauville Arts productions of Moulin Rouge and Hairspray in Nice, France.

More recently Daisy trained with Dame Darcey Bussell in her new fitness dance programme named DDMix and was a Sweaty Betty GetFitForFree instructor, training with Simone De L Rue in her fitness dance campaign. Daisy is a trained Pilates and Barre instructor, Progressive Ballet Technique Certified and has recently gained her Silver Swans certification with the RAD.

As a freelance teacher Daisy has taught for many dance schools both in London and the south east. She is thrilled to have joined the ESSPA team as their Ballet teacher and this debut show has been made extra special,  as she is getting to share it with her 5yr old daughter too in her first debut performance.


Lucy Ashton

Musical Theatre

Lucy Ashton studied at the Royal College of Music, where she completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate training in vocal performance. During her time in London Lucy got to perform roles such as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte.

Since graduating Lucy has maintained a busy performance schedule, she performs in recitals and concerts locally and in london and has appeared as lead roles in several Operas from Pamina in Opera South East’s production of The Magic Flute, to Mimi in Barefoot Operas tour of Puccini’s La Boheme and Micaela in Carmen.

Lucy has been teaching singing for many years and was thrilled to join the ESSPA team in 2018. Lucy absolutely loves teaching singing to the children that attend the musical theatre classes and her private lessons.


Katy-jo Murfin


Katy-jo Murfin trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in 1997. She graduated with distinction and went straight into the number 1 UK Tour of Saturday Night Fever. Katy-jo has performed in some of her favourite shows: Oliver, Godspell, Fame and was lucky enough to play her dream role in Cats, Rumpleteaser. She has also performed in plays, television programmes such as Doctors and commercials.

During her career she has taught dance, drama and singing to all ages and standards and is thrilled to be teaching Drama at ESSPA. After only 5 months she has seen a big improvement in the students confidence and acting ability and she can’t wait for them to show you just how talented they are!