Teaching Staff (A-L)

Baptiste Bourgougnon
Director of the Undergraduate Programme
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 Programme

Raymond Chai
Lecturer in Ballet Technique
Raymond has worked in classical ballet, musical theatre and television as a dancer, actor and choreographer. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal and in musical theatre productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and in London's West End. Choreographic commissions include Auf Wiedersehen,Pet (BBC), Ballet Black (Royal Opera House), East London Dance and National Ballet of Portugal. Raymond is also a guest teacher for New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Rambert Dance Company, and National Ballet of Portugal.

Sharon Coleman BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of Design and Costume (job share)
Sharon trained in Jewellery Design at Middlesex University, where she became increasingly interested in movement and dance. Within the Costume Department, Sharon produces the costumes for EDge and teaches on the Design for Dance courses. Sharon has worked as a freelance designer and maker for various choreographers, including Shift Youth Company and Maresa von Stockert. Sharon has a PGCE from the Institute of Education.

Dr Tom Hastings (he/him)
Lecturer in Dance 
Tom lectures on contemporary dance at the intersection of critical race, postcolonial, Marxist, feminist, and queer interventions. He is a module leader and supervises research across BA/MA programmes, encouraging students to approach their dance practice as a mode of live research. His own interests centre on social dance and the embodied expression of cultural difference. He is currently at work on two journal articles, concerning 1) a vocabulary of gestures that emerged through the recent mobilisation of Black Lives Matter; and 2) the Columbian-American choreographer Eleo Pomare’s protest dance of the 1960s. His art criticism features regularly in magazines including Artforum, Frieze, Burlington Contemporary, Studio International, and Texte zur Kunst. Having studied Literature (BA; UCL) and Critical Theory (MA; Sussex), Tom completed his PhD in Art History at University of Leeds in 2018 – his thesis, “Defining the Body-Object of Minimalism: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s”, explores the relationship between writing, movement, and props in Rainer’s expanded choreography. At present, Tom is co-editing a volume of essays titled Feminist Genealogies of the Body and gathering material for a book proposal through teaching; his first monograph, Johnnie Cooper: Sunset Strip, was published by Black Dog Press in 2018. In pre-Covid times, Tom was often found at the school's Contact Jam, and hopes to return there soon.

Visit Tom’s website here.

Anna Helsby MA
Head of Registry and Student Well-Being & Lecturer in Ballet Technique
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.

Kim Hutt MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons) MSST
Head of Physical Support
Kim trained at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. After a professional career as a dancer she gained a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy, a post graduate teaching certificate in higher education and an MSc in Dance Science. Kim lectured BSc and MSc students at London Metropolitan University in Sports Therapy and developed a course designed specifically to work with injured dancers. Kim is regularly invited to guest lecture at other dance schools, universities and colleges, such as University College London, Elmhurst Ballet School, Coventry University, Bedfordshire University, Trinity Laban and London Metropolitan University. She is an internal moderator for the Society of Sports Therapists, and a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Kim has published research that investigates the links between science and somatic practices, and ways to improve balance in dancers. She has written advice sheets for Dance UK and for dance teaching in the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Bulletin for Teachers and Dancers. Kim has presented research at an International Association for Dance Medicine and Science annual conference. Kim's particular interest is exploring ways to prevent dance injury and promote healthy dance practice. She is still actively researching in these areas.

Jovair Longo
Lecturer in Choreography and Improvisation
Jovair trained in dance at Unicamp University in Brazil and EDDC-Arnhem in the Netherlands. He also trained independently following his interest in the work of some particular teachers. He performed with Yolande Snaith, Rosemary Lee, Gaby Agis and Earthfall Dance among others. His work in the independent dance sector involves teaching, making work, performing and curating. He has taught at different schools, festivals and companies, both in the UK and in Europe. His latest interest in dance video has produced works screened in festivals in London and Europe. He joined London Contemporary Dance School in 2004.