LCDS Management Team

Clare Connor
Chief Executive, The Place & London Contemporary Dance School 
With a longstanding background in dance and performance, Clare trained at London Contemporary Dance School before embarking on a successful performing career with Phoenix Dance. She then worked as a teacher-artist in both further and higher education and collaboratively produced performing arts programmes for the University of East London, as well as supporting the validation of new arts programmes in several universities.

In 2014, Clare joined the team at Southbank Centre as Director of Business Development and took the lead on innovative large-scale capital fundraising programmes. Her previous roles, prior to that, include co-founding the national network Future Arts Centres and working as Director of Stratford Circus Arts Centre, from 2005-2014, where she led the re-imagining of the organisation to create a new charitable body to run it in 2012.

Dr Lise Uytterhoeven
Director of Dance Studies
Dr Lise Uytterhoeven is Director of Dance Studies at The Place, London Contemporary Dance School. She holds a BA Dance Education from CODARTS (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and an MA (Distinction) Dance Studies and PhD from University of Surrey, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her monograph Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship is published by Palgrave Macmillan in the New World Choreographies series. She has published in Contemporary Theatre Review, Research in Dance Education, The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (ed. Sherril Dodds), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet (ed. Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel & Jill Nunes Jensen, forthcoming) and The Ethics of Art (ed. Guy Cools & Pascal Gielen). Her study guide What Moves You? Shaping your dissertation in dance (2017) is published by Routledge. Lise is the Chair of the Society for Dance Research and a member of the Associate Board of Dance Research.

Dr Martin Hargreaves PhD
Director of Research and Postgraduate Courses
Martin Hargreaves is a dramaturg, writer, and performer and his research practices range between boredom and hysteria. His primary interests are in the recent history of contemporary dance, queer performance arts, and camp misunderstandings. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled Performativity, Spectrality, Hysteria and from 2003 to 2013 he was the Editor of Dance Theatre Journal. From 2005 to 2015 Martin was Programme Leader of the MA The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban. He has worked recently with Pablo Bronstein, Boris Charmatz, Joan Jonas, marikiscrycrycry, Nicola Conibere and Yvonne Rainer. He is on the Artistic Research Advisory Committee for the University of the Arts, Stockholm and is a trustee of the Dance Art Foundation and is a consultant with H2Dance on the programme for Fest en Fest.

Baptiste Bourgougnon
Director of the Undergraduate Course and International Development
Baptiste graduated from the National Conservatoire in Paris in 2000. His professional career began with Nye Carte Blanche in Norway before returning to France to work with Luc Petton and Gilles Schamber. In 2002 he joined Scottish Dance Theatre where he took part in numerous creations with choreographers including Ruy Horta, Didi Veldman, Janet Smith and Liv Lorent. In June 2006 he returned to France for a second time to begin working with Maryse Delente, to rejoined Luc Petton's company with whom he toured Jordan and Slovakia, and to work with companies mixing dance and circus including L'eolienne and Acronote. He has worked with Ballet Lorent and with Company Chameleon as a rehearsal director. He joined the faculty of LCDS in 2012 and has recently taken on the new role as the Director of the Undergraduate Course and International Development.

Anna Helsby MA
Director of Registry and Student Well-Being, Lecture in Dance (Ballet)
After graduating in 1994 from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Anna performed as a soloist with the ballet company of Theater St Gallen in Switzerland and choreographed for the company's Dancer for Dancer programme. After leaving the company she worked as a freelance artist in various contemporary companies in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, as well as musicals such as West Side Story, Fame, Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2008 she gained a BA (Hons) in Humanities with History from the Open University and also gained her Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance. Before teaching for LCDS, Anna was The Place’s Classes and Courses manager and Acting Director of Recreational and Prevocational Dance. She is a certified as a teacher of Zena Rommett's Floor-Barre® technique and in 2019 completed her MA in Professional Practice - Dance Teaching Pedagogy.  Since September 2019 she is Head of Registry and Student Well-Being.