Sue MacLennan Cert Ed
Head of Choreographic Studies
Sue studied dance and drama at Dartington College of Arts and performed professionally for many years, becoming known and respected in particular for her improvisatory work in performance. She has choreographed over 50 works, including a piece for EDge in 2006. She is interested in collaboration, new technology and improvisation, has worked as a movement director in theatre, curated programmes for London’s South Bank and was a long-standing member of the Rosemary Butcher Dance Company. Sue joined LCDS in 1995.
Rick Nodine MA
Lecturer in Choreography and Improvisation
Nodine danced throughout the 90's in many contexts including theatre, dance theatre, digital media, television, site specific, opera and pure dance. In 2001 he became a member of staff at London Contemporary Dance School where he continues to teach Composition and Improvisation. Nodine has become an internationally renowned Contact Improvisation teacher and has been invited to lead workshops in 12 different countries and more than 40 cities. He has been a guest teacher in many institutions and festivals such as CNDC Anger (France), National Taiwan University of Arts, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Freiburg Festival and The Royal Ballet School. He has taught company class for many companies including Punchdrunk, Rambert Dance Company and DV8. His recent Choreographic work has included a solo which reached the Place Prize finals in 2013 and a dance installation in the Barbican Centres Curve Gallery in 2014. He is currently an artist in residence at TripSpace in Haggerston, London, He is creating an interactive show for adults and kids with his partner and daughter to be premiered at The Place in October 2015 and he will be choreographing for Houston Grand Opera in December 2015. Nodine maintains an improvisational performance practice and has collaborated with many dancers, actors, musicians and designers to create Improvised performance.
Lecturer in Contemporary and Ballet
After graduating from Central School of Ballet, Chisato joined Netherlands Dans Theater 2 from 1994-1998 where she performed works by Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot, Gideon Obarzanek and many others. She continued to become a member of Batsheva Dance Company from 1998- 2004 where she was involved in many works of Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including John Jasperse, William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Sharon Eyal. She then joined Karas Company of Saburo Teshigawara for two creations and tours of other repertory. Chisato returned to London and has been teaching Gaga since 2005. She teaches regular Professional classes at The Place and Greenwich Dance Agency and has taught company class for Akram Khan Company, Hofesh Shechter Company, Protein Dance, Punch Drunk, Stopgap, Clod Ensemble, New Adventures, Lost Dog and others. She joined the faculty of LCDS in 2012.
Lauren trained at The Place and was a member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre from 1980 – 88. Following this she became a founding member of Siobhan Davies Dance with whom she danced for a further eleven years.
She has also performed and taught with a diverse range of Companies and Choreographers both nationally and internationally, including DV8 Physical Theatre, Second Stride, Yolande Snaith, Jonathan Lunn and Rosemary Butcher.
She continues her performance practice as an independent dance artist, working and collaborating on a range of projects and processes.
Lauren also spent some years in the post of Artistic and Rehearsal Director for ‘Edge’ – The Postgraduate Performance Company at LCDS.
Lauren is also involved in the teaching of dance for people with Parkinson’s.
Lecturer in Contemporary Technique and Repertoire
Kate trained at the Royal Ballet School and LCDS before dancing with Rambert for 10 years. She subsequently worked as a freelance dancer with Michael Clark, Lloyd Newson and Mark Baldwin, and taught with companies and schools nationally and internationally including Ballet Atlantic, DV8, Richard Alston Dance Company, The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs, AMP, Charleroi and the Conservatoire de Paris. Kate was rehearsal director for RADC from 1996–1998 before joining the faculty of LCDS.
Eva Recacha MA
Lecturer in Choreography and Choreological Studies.
Eva Recacha is a London based dance artist. In her work, she relates movement and text to create a blend of poetic, humorous, and nonsensical juxtapositions through the interplay of both mediums. Her own choreographic practice revolves around the idea of scepticism, the role of the performers as individuals, text as part of the choreographic fabric, and the politics of performance in terms of who acts under who’s command, under what premises, and for who or for what? Eva has been twice a Place Prize Finalist. Her work has appeared in Time Out’s Best of the Year and has been presented in the UK and at festivals in Europe. She has been commissioned work by Sadler’s Wells, The Place, DanceXchange, Festival Trayectos, Festival Santa Susanna, LCDS and Edge. Eva has previously been a Work Place artist and is a Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist graduate. Eva has lectured in dance at LCDS, Conservatorio Superior de Danza Maria de Avila (Madrid), Birkbeck College, Candoco Foundation Course, and she regularly teaches workshops and classes combining her specialist skills on Choreological studies, Choreography, and her interest in text and sound, working across different groups of participants of different ages and experiences. She regularly collaborates with Sound Artist Alberto Ruiz Soler. Her last work Aftermath was premiered at LBS at Sadler’s Wells in Autumn 2018.
Sara Rowlands BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of Design and Costume (job share)
Sara trained in dance at Laban, where her interest in costume developed. After graduating she started working in the costume department at LCDS. Her roles include teaching, designing and making school for school productions and Edge - the postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School.. Sara has also worked freelance, making and designing for various choreographers.
Sasha Roubicek PG Dip
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance studies
Sasha trained at London Contemporary Dance School 1982-1986. In 1987 she co-founded Reflex Dance Company with Paul Douglas, with whom she toured internationally. She was a founding member of Small Bones Dance Company, performed with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, and Yolande Snaith Theatre Dance. In 2000 Sasha was the recipient of a Southbank Show award for her performance in Siobhan Davies’ Wild Air for whom she worked for nine years. Sasha is artistic adviser to Movingeast and is an assistant instructor of Aikido at Tetsushinkan Budojo, she is graded 4th Dan. In 2007 she was awarded the Lisa Ullman Scholarship to visit Japan to study Aikido. Sasha joined the faculty at LCDS in 2008, specialising in release-based dance practice, somatic work and the work of Siobhan Davies. Sasha has choreographed several pieces for PG and UG students and in 2011 Sasha was nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Award, also in 2011 Sasha completed her MA in Advanced Dance Studies at LCDS.
Hilary Stainsby BA MA
Lecturer in Contemporary Technique
Hilary trained at LCDS between 1995–1999, graduating with a First Class BA and an MA with Distinction. She has worked with choreographers including Martin Lawrance, Maresa von Stockert, Tom Dale, Matthias Sperling and Yael Flexer. From 2001–2006 she was a member of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, touring nationally and internationally as well as delivering an extensive education programme. In 2007 she was a dancer for the Jerwood Bank Project with Siobhan Davies. Hilary has taught and made work in a variety of different schools and community settings across the UK. She became a faculty member at LCDS in 2009 and has been Rehearsal Director for Shift, the The Place’s youth dance company, since 2007. She continues her performance practice and has recently worked with choreographer Joe Moran.
Head of Technique and Performance
Jeannie was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1993-2005. She began teaching in 1997 and served as MCDC's Rehearsal Assistant from 2001-2006, participating in the reconstruction of a number of works on MCDC, as well as projects with New York City Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet and Rambert Dance Company. Jeannie continues to stage Cunningham's work internationally. She also teaches regularly for the companies of Richard Alston, Rafael Bonachela, Matthew Bourne, Michael Clark and Rambert. Jeannie joined the LCDS faculty in 2007.
Gabriela Tropia BA MA
Lecturer in Dance and Technology
Gabriela's work in videodance began in 2004 while studying Dance at Unicamp (Brazil). Her debut film was selected for the Brazilian One Minute Film Festival. In 2006 Gabriela moved to London to study video and completed her MA in Dance for the Screen at LCDS, joining the faculty in 2008. Gabriela has been commissioned to create works in London and Singapore. Her videos have been screened in more than 20 countries, including Live Screen at Sadler's Wells and the Videodance Mercosur Circuit.
Neil Webster GTCL Hons LTCL Cert Nat Sci (Open) Dip Phys Sci (Open)
Neil played at Central School of Ballet from 1985-2000 and began playing at London Contemporary Dance School in 1990, becoming Chief Accompanist in 2000. He has played extensively on the open class circuit, and has played class for companies including London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Adventures in Motion Pictures and Richard Alston Dance Company. Neil's professional performances have included solo and ensemble work with Rambert and Richard Alston Dance Company in the UK and abroad.
Dr Samuel Wilson
Lecturer in Contextual Studies
Sam Wilson’s background is in music and aesthetics. He studied at Durham University, achieving a Masters with distinction, and then completed a PhD in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2013 (fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council). His PhD dissertation focused on relationships between past and present in contemporary art music. His outlook is interdisciplinary. He has published articles on music and philosophy and has presented research both nationally and internationally. He is on the organising committee for the annual London Conference in Critical Thought, which encompasses critical themes that span the arts and humanities.
Jeanne Yasko MA
EDge Artistic Director
Originally from New York, Jeanne was based in London from 1979–1983 before continuing her career as a choreographer, dancer and teacher in Scandinavia. She taught at the Arts Academy in Turku, Finland, and for two years toured her solo show of six short choreographies, including two early works of Doris Humphrey. In 1995, she became the first Artistic and Managing Director of NorrDans, based in the Swedish town of Härnösand. During 10 years with NorrDans her choreographies were both audience and critical successes and broadcast on SVT (Swedish television). She received the Olof Högberg Kulturpriset (Cultural Award) in 2002. Between 2005 and 2009 Jeanne taught regularly at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Holland, the Danish National School of Contemporary Dance and Dansens Hus in Denmark and was artist-in-residence at the Black Diamond, the Royal Danish Library’s house of culture. Jeanne recently completed a Diploma of Leadership, Art and Culture in Denmark for research-based teaching/study working with a primary focus on theories of social constructionism.