About Beyond Performing Arts

Beyond offers an experience like no other with industry professional teachers delivering first hand insight into the world of performing arts

Beyond Performing Arts

Beyond Performing Arts is an innovative and exciting new performing arts school founded by Jimmy Essex and Francesca Lyons in 2018.

Beyond offers an experience like no other with industry professional teachers delivering first hand insight into the world of performing arts.

Teachers credits include Hollyoaks, X-Factor, Britain’s got Talent, and various international cruise ships to name a few! As well as regular classes, Beyond offers West End/TV acting workshops throughout the year led by cast members of the West end’s leading shows and some of the biggest names in television.

Since opening, the school has seen a great amount of success and word of mouth spread fast about the fun, high energy and current classes Beyond has to offer.

Classes start from ages 4 and above in acting, singing and dancing and all levels are welcome.

If you haven’t already heard enough, Francesca and Jimmy invite you for a free trial day where you can come and experience all Beyond has to offer for yourself.

Meet Our amazing
Dance Teachers

Francesca Lyons

Singing, Dance and Musical Theatre Teacher

Francesca found her passion for singing and performing at a young age and met Jimmy at 14 where they trained at a theatre school together until they auditioned for professional college. Francesca trained for 3 years at the prestigious Urdang Academy where she trained extensively in acting, dancing and singing. After leaving, Francesca worked nonstop as a vocalist and went from contract to contract on various cruise ships as vocalist and a dancer.

Francesca has sung a very vast range of styles and studied vocally how to approach different ways of singing. Francesca has worked in the recording studio too and is a front singer for the cover band Penthouse 5.

Francesca trained over the years in The Estill model and studied anatomy of the voice and how to break down and teach various vocal styles. Francesca studied how to work with adolescent voices and it is her pleasure to coach and teach children how to sing safely yet gain confidence to explore and push their voices (safely) beyond their inhibitions and insecurities.

Jimmy Essex

Acting & Dance Teacher / Choreographer

Jimmy has already had a long and rich career in all areas of the performing arts industry. After completing training at The Urdang Academy in London, he jumped straight into professional dancing, appearing in shows like The X factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

He has toured with major UK artists including The Saturdays and even performed at Capital FM’s winter and summer time balls. More recently, Jimmy appeared in the hit channel 4 show Hollyoaks where he played Adam Donovan for 2 years. He was also the face of the Euro cup Coca Cola advert. Bringing all of his experiences to teaching, Jimmy adds true insight into the professional world of performing arts.

Jimmy has a true passion for creating a safe and fun environment for kids to learn and grow in the industry he loves so much.