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Dr. Jordan Beth Vincent

Associate Research Fellow

Dr. Jordan Beth Vincent is a Melbourne-based dance historian and critic. Jordan completed a PhD in dance history from the University of Melbourne (2009) investigating 20th century Australian dance history and the perceptions about dance and dancers in Australia between World War I and World War II. Other research interests include Martha Graham and American modern dance, the tours of the Ballets Russes in the late 1930s, artistic lineages in Australian contemporary dance, and modes of archiving dance as primary source documents.

In 2005, Jordan completed a Postgraduate diploma in choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts and in 2004, completed a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Washington. Her undergraduate research on fertility cults in ancient Rome was awarded a Kenneth G. Allen Undergraduate Research Award.

In 2013, Jordan joined the team at the Deakin Motion.Lab as an Associate Research Fellow for the ARC Discovery Grant, Building innovative capacity in Australian dance through new visualisation techniques. She also lectures in dance history and analysis at the Victorian College of the Arts, a faculty of the University of Melbourne.

Jordan's publications include Forging an identity: transformations and synthesis in Twentieth Century Australian Dance, (co-authored with Lee Christofis) in Shaping the Landscape (Routledge, 2011) and Meryl Tankard (co-authored with Shirley McKechnie) in the forthcoming publication, Twelve Australian Choreographers (Wakefield Press). Since 2008, Jordan has reviewed dance, circus and physical theatre for The Age newspaper and her work has appeared nationally across Fairfax newspapers. She is the Australian columnist for Dance International Magazine, and has published in a range of academic and non-academic publications including Brolga, the Australian Book Review, Kinesis and others.

Jordan is the President of Ausdance Victoria, a member of the Ausdance National Council, and serves on the selection panel for the Australian Dance Awards.