Vicky “Skytilz” Mantey
Lecturer in Dance
Vicky is a dancer, choreographer and teacher specialising in Hip Hop and Street Dance forms. In a career spanning two decades as a freelance artist, she has worked on a range of projects across film, theatre and television. Examples include: choreography and movement direction for London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Ceremony, Street Dance 3D and Trainspotting T2.
Vicky has previously worked as a performer, teacher and choreographer for the Olivier Award-winning dance company Boy Blue, working on productions such as Pied Piper and The Five and the Prophecy of Prana. She has also taught at LAMDA, University of East London and frequently teaches the youth company in ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.
Lecturer in Dance
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.
Lecturer in Dance
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 Dance
Eva Recacha is a London based dance artist exploring movement and text to create a blend of poetic, humorous, and nonsensical juxtapositions through the interplay of both mediums. Her choreographic work explores the role of 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. She regularly collaborates with Sound Artist Alberto Ruiz Soler.
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, and LCDS. 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, Trinity Laban, 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.
Her lastest works are Because I can, premiered at The Place 2022, Is This A Dance?, a work for children co-created with Lola Maury that will premiere in Autumn 2022 at The Place, and The Picnic, a Sadler’s Wells commission that will premiere in Autumn 2023.
Lauren Potter (she/ her)
Lecturer in Dance
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. She is currently working with choreographer Eva Recacha, on a solo entitled 'Because I Can' - visiting notions of power, memory and growing older.
Sara Rowlands BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of Design and Costume, Year Group 3 Coordinator
Sara has a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where her interest in costume developed. After graduating she started working in the costume department at LCDS. Her roles include teaching, designing and making costumes for school productions. As Sara's interest in teaching developed, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Post Compulsory Education at the Institute of Education. More recently she been involved in developing Professional Studies modules at LCDS and taken on the role of Year Group 3 Coordinator.
Sasha Roubicek MA
Lecturer in Dance
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 until 2007. Sasha was artistic adviser to Movingeast for 18 years 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. As a freelance dance artist Sasha has taught internationally at a wide range of dance studios, institutions and companies including Candoco, DV8 and Rambert Dance Company. Sasha joined the faculty at LCDS in 2008 specialising in release-based dance practice, somatic work and the work of Siobhan Davies. 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. Sasha has choreographed several original works for PG and UG students, her most recent Astro Inter Rogative (2019) was her third collaboration with the artist Philip Hughes.
Hilary Stainsby BA MA
Course Leader for MA Expanded Dance Practice
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 Learning and Teaching, Lecturer in Dance
Jeannie spent 16 years working with Merce Cunningham as an apprentice, company dancer and rehearsal assistant. She is a senior stager of Cunningham’s work and has mounted his choreography since 1998 on a number of companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, New York City Ballet and Rambert. Jeannie has been on the faculty at LCDS since 2007 and held the position of Head of Technique & Performance from 2018-2020. She also served as Rehearsal Director of EDGE, LCDS’s postgraduate dance company in 2020/21.
Throughout her time at LCDS, Steele has continued to stage Cunningham’s work. In 2013, she was curator of the dance component of The Bride and the Bachelors. Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, Johns at the Barbican. In 2014, she created a Cunningham Event for Rambert Dance Company to celebrate the opening of their new building on the South bank. The Rambert Event, with decor by Gerhard Richter and music by Radiohead drummer, Philip Selway, was nominated for a UK theatre award. Another incarnation of this Event was performed in Rome, Paris and at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre as part of the Cunningham Centennial celebrations in 2019.
These performances earned Steele and Selway a nomination for a 2021 National Dance Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution by the UK Critic’s Circle.
In addition to her work with Cunningham, she has also served as a rehearsal assistant to Michael Clark and Holly Blakey. Most recently, Jeannie has been invited by Wayne McGregor, to stage a Cunningham Event which will be performed as part of the Biennale Danza in Venice, July 2022. Jeannie holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from LCDS and she is currently completing a PGDipALTHE though Northern School of Contemporary Dance, validated by University of Kent.
Gabriela Tropia BA MA
Course Leader MA Screendance
Gabriela Tropia is a lecturer and artist specialised in screendance. She envisioned and designed the only Masters programme in the world in dance filmmaking, establishing the first coherent pedagogic approach to this interdisciplinary field. She is dedicated to fostering communities of learning and nurturing a new generation of screendance artists.
Dr Samuel Wilson
Lecturer in DanceDr Samuel Wilson is a lecturer and researcher. At LCDS, he teaches critical and contextual studies. His work specialises in critical and theoretical approaches to the performing arts; his own research has a particular emphasis on critical theory, contemporary art music, and sound art. He is the author of New Music and the Crises of Materiality: Sounding Bodies and Objects in Late Modernity (Routledge, 2021), edited Music—Psychoanalysis—Musicology (Routledge, 2018), co-edited a special issue of the journal Contemporary Music Review (2020) on ‘Musical Materialisms’, and has published various journal articles and book chapters. He is a founding member of the London Critical Collective. Sam is passionate about working with emerging artists and those in training. He also teaches at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.