About

Teaching Staff (A-L)

Dr Henrietta Bannerman PhD
Head of Postgraduate Research
Henrietta gained a Doctorate in 1998 for her research on the work of Martha Graham, and has given conference papers nationally and internationally. She has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals such as the Dance Research,  Dance Research Journal and the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She has also contributed to books of collected essays, most recently in the specialist aesthetics publication, Thinking through dance.  Henrietta supervises postgraduate research projects at PGDip and MA level.

Baptiste Bourgougnon
Head of Technique and Performance
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 recently worked with Ballet Lorent and with Company Chameleon as a rehearsal director. He joined the faculty of LCDS in 2012.

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.

Carolyn Deby
Head of Professional Studies / Career Development
Carolyn Deby is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s BFA Dance programme in Vancouver, Canada. She has lectured extensively in Professional Studies, Choreography, and Site Specific practice (LCDS, Trinity Laban, University of East London, and others). Carolyn is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at Warwick University. She is an artist/choreographer who creates site-based performance work internationally under the name sirenscrossing – examining the lived experience of humans in cities — situating the human body/psyche within landscape. Carolyn is interested in revealing the urban as a place of wild nature, of animal and elemental movement. She is equally interested in urban space as social space and as technologically reconstructed nature: a field of interlinking systems and energies that shape our lived experience. The work articulates a bodily expression of human urban flows in relation to energetic patterns, effort, memory and perception, physicality, habitual patterns of being, emotional states and personal narratives. sirenscrossing seeks to map the ontology of, and patterns of interaction between: human lives, social settings, observed systems of nature, and existent urban flows and energetic states. During 2011/12, Carolyn was artist-in-residence at University College London’s Urban Laboratory. Recent work includes: #urbanflowevent (rivercities) – London (2014-15); and rivercities//dry – Sweden (2013). Visit her website here 

John Dunn AFHEA
Learning Support Coordinator
John Dunn completed his PhD at Queen Mary University of London in 2019. He has previously studied at Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and University of East Anglia, Norwich. His PhD research focused on American 20th Century poetry and the public persona and political role of the poet as performer in experimental writing communities of California. He has taught a range of English Literature courses at degree level and continues to work as a Teaching Fellow in the field, teaching Poetry and Media and supervising dissertations. At The Place, his new role builds on his teaching and support experience and on his interest in neurodiversity, learning differences, and disability studies. He holds regular research and training workshops for all members of the school and meets students one-to-one for learning support. He also works with student well-being, counselling and academic staff to promote inclusivity and equality in learning and teaching. In 2020 he is co-organising an London Arts and Humanities Partnership funded conference called “Better Practice: Neurodiversity, creativity and the arts.”

Thomas Hands MSc, BA (Hons), MSST
Physical Support Specialist
Thomas graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2013 with a First Class BA (Hons) in contemporary dance. He performed as a freelance dance artist for various UK based contemporary artists such as John Ross, Gracefool Collective and Rhiannon Faith and was a movement specialist for the 2017 Film ‘The Mummy’. He also was part of a 6 month outreach programme across Canada teaching and mentoring young dancers in floorwork based practices. He later gained an MSc in Sports Therapy with Distinction and has provided support for rugby teams, private clinics and recently joined the CAT physical therapy team at the place. His focus is upon on delivering research based treatment and rehabilitation to provide the quickest and safest return to performance and is actively involved in research. His current interest is in exploring the current physiological demands upon artists within the dance training sector.

Dr Tom Hastings
Lecturer in Contextual Studies
Tom supervises postgraduate research and lectures on contemporary dance and visual art practice at the intersection of social history, feminism, queer theory, marxism and critical theory. Completed in 2018, his PhD thesis explores the status of the "body-object" through the 1960s, with a particular focus on the writings and choreography of Yvonne Rainer. Tom’s first book, "Johnnie Cooper: Sunset Strip", was published by Black Dog Press in 2018. His art criticism is regularly featured in magazines such as Burlington Contemporary, Studio International and Texte zur Kunst. At present, Tom is co-editing a volume of essays, "Speak, Body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life".

Diana Haynes MLSc., MLitt.
Librarian
Diana gained a Master of Letters from the University of Glasgow in 2015 for her case study of the Social History of Edwardian Power Dressing through the wardrobe of Lady Annie, Viscountess Cowdray. Diana gained a Master of Library Science, concentrating in Archives Management from Simmons University in 2011 with specialisations in International Librarianship and Photographic Archives. Her further Undergraduate background from the University of Vermont in 2009 focused on British History, Social Histories of Fashion, and International Relations. She is a research specialist in 19th and early 20th Century dress histories and has contributed to a publication on European Woven Silks at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the 2019 V&A exhibit on seminal fashion designer Mary Quant. Her current interests include Hoop Dance as community and flow art.

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.