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Kimberley Read

Founder and Principal

Kimberley graduated from North London Dance Studio (NLDS) in 2002 with a Performing Arts Diploma and went on to perform on many stages throughout the UK and Europe – including with the pop group Busted, the teams at Disneyland Paris and many other touring shows.

Her skills as a choreographer have been much in demand, for popular high street brand names such as New Look, Coast, Primark, Next, Zara and River Island as well as leading leisure businesses, like the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.

She founded the Diva Academy of Arts in 2011 and today still loves to teach and work with our students in dance and Acro classes.


Kimberley firmly believes that you never stop learning in the performing arts and her professional qualifications include:

  • Associate and Licentiate Street Dance teacher with the NATD

  • Level 2 Exercise to music instructor

  • Associate Freestyle and Contemporary Teacher with the NATD

  • Acrobatics Arts Instructor


Kimberley supports a number of charities and works on their behalf when her schedule allows. For example, she has run a number of 10K races, the Great South Run and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Wessex Teenage Cancer. She was also proud to host the warm up session for the competitors in the Race for Life in Winchester and Southampton for Cancer Research UK. 


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Hayley Clover

St.Francis Manager &
Singing Teacher

Hayley Clover is an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and London College of Music (LCM) qualified vocal coach. She specialises in popular music and musical theatre. She also has a diploma in childcare. 

Hayley isn’t just about academic learning though, she has lots of performance experience too. Throughout her early career Hayley worked as a holiday/entertainment representative in Spain and Greece, before joining the band Nightflight to perform live all over the country and on cruise ships.

She then toured the UK as part of an ABBA tribute band before beginning her career in teaching. Hayley now combines her full time teaching role with performing as lead singer in her band at the weekends. 

Hayley strives to build confidence and bring creativity and variety to her teaching for the benefit of our students.


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Darren Lee

Team & Crew Teacher

Darren has been a dancer since 2002 and has an extensive credit list having worked with stars like Robbie Williams, Liberty X and Kylie Minogue.

He’s also undertaken performance, choreography and creative direction for big blue-chip brands such as Toni & Guy, MTV, X Games, Topman, Animal and Footlocker.

In addition, Darren has a broad range of teaching credits to his name at recognised professional dance studios and labels. These include Husky Studios and Pineapple Studios (both in London), Warner Bros UK, Soundbox UK and StudioSO in Southampton.


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Tanisha Groome

Dance Teacher

Tanisha is a highly talented dancer and teacher, having completed a BA Honors degree in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She also holds an Associate Street Dance qualification with the NATD.

She’s passionate about making dance accessible for all, holding a Level 1 British Sign Language qualification. What’s more, Tanisha has worked with Next Step Dance Company and Candoco in order to gain experience within the disability dance world. 

In addition to her great work with Diva, she also teaches on behalf of Shine Studios in local nurseries and pre-schools.


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Craig Phelps

Drama Teacher

Craig has been part of the youth development and artistic scene in the South West for more than a decade.

He began his performing journey as part of Salisbury Playhouse’s Stage ’65 Youth Theatre, landing major roles in the Main House productions of The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. It was also at this venue that Craig began his time as a Theatre Practitioner, working with a wide variety of people - from youth theatre members to the over-60s living with dementia and youngsters with special educational needs. 

He has worked alongside and learned from some of the best theatre-makers in the industry, including the legendary director, Max Stafford-Clark and the Voice and Text Coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael Corbidge; successor to the renowned director and vocal coach, Cecily Berry.

Having studied drama and performing arts both academically and vocationally, Craig is able to encourage a range of perspectives from his students. His unique teaching style aims to create a safe and welcoming environment; where students can explore and understand who they are as actors and discover their performing capabilities. 

Craig enjoys sharing his passion of theatre and performing with everyone at The Diva Academy. He is honoured to be a part of the development of the next generation of talented performers, artists and theatre-makers.


If you’d like to know more about the Diva team, please do not hesitate to contact us via email kim@divaacademy.co.uk or by phone 07590 210782