Teaching Staff (A-L)

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.

Omari 'Motion' Carter (He/ him)
Lecturer in Dance 
Omari facilitates Dance & Technology at The School. He is a screendance practitioner, body percussionist and lecturer based in London (UK) and, for the past decade, has been choreographing, teaching, and performing for music video, film, television, and theatre. A first-class BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University led Omari to perform for 7 years in the West End and international touring productions of ‘Stomp!’.  During this time, Omari choreographed, directed, performed, and produced a varied reel of dance-film with screendance production company, The Motion Dance Collective, which he founded in 2011. Omari is Lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) and was also one of the first students to graduate from the trailblazing MA Screendance course delivered here.

Stephanie De'Ath (she/ her)
Head of Dance Science
Stephanie enjoyed studying dancers' health and well-being throughout her professional contemporary dance training at Middlesex University (London) which subsequently led to studying the MSc Dance Science at Trinity Laban (London) and then qualifying as a soft tissue therapist from NLSSM (London) before going on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University (Kent). Stephanie was previously Manager of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and has been a lecturer in Dance Science at UK universities and vocational dance colleges for nearly a decade. Most recently Stephanie has been Head of Student Welfare at London Studio Centre and was thrilled to win the Healthcare Team Award from One Dance UK in 2021. Stephanie has a keen interest in injury epidemiology and has previously presented at International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), winning the Student Travel Research Award and has been an IADMS member since 2013. Alongside work, Stephanie volunteers as Chair of the IADMS Development Committee and London Regional Director for the Sports Massage Association. 

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.