Our contributors—the talented people who research and write about dance—their work champions innovation, creativity and diversity in dance.
Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk studied the Japanese dance-theatre butoh from 1992–1996 in Tokyo and in 1994 co-founded 66b/cell as a result of work combining body movement and multimedia. She completed a practice-led PhD at Queensland University of Technology in 2007, investigating interdependencies between performing bodies, visual and sonic media.
Jordan Vincent has completed her PhD thesis, In Pursuit of a Dancing ‘Body’: Modernity, Physicality and Identity in Australia, 1919 to 1939, from the University of Melbourne (2010). She holds a postgraduate diploma in choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts (2005) and undergraduate degrees in Dance and History with a minor in Classics from the University of Washington (2004). In 2004, she was awarded Kenneth G. Allen Undergraduate Library Award for her research on ancient fertility cults. Since 2008, Jordan has reviewed dance, circus and physical theatre for Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, as well as contributing to a number of national, international and web-based publications.
Associate Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, which she established in 2006. Dr Vincs’ research interests are in motion capture, dance and interactive technology and integrating practice-led artistic research with quantitative, scientific methods. Current projects include developing new mathematical methods for analysing movement signatures using motion capture data, creating dance/motion capture performances using stereoscopic projection and measuring audience response to dance. Kim also teaches motion capture at Deakin University and directs for commercial motion capture projects. She was awarded two national Australian Council of Teaching and Learning awards in 2006 for her work in dance and motion capture.
Kathy Vlassopoulos is a children's dance educator, and facilitator of the Children's Dance Festival, an annual event held in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a lecturer in creative dance teaching and Australian representative for daance and the Child international (daCi).
Born in Moscow, Anna Volkova began her dance training in Paris with former Imperial Russian ballerinas Olga Preobrajenska and later Lubov Egorova. She began her professional career with Colonel de Basil’s Russian Ballet at the Alhambra in London in 1933 and then at Covent Garden in 1935. From 1935 onwards she was a de Basil dancer and travelled with them around the world until 1943. Volkova came to Australia with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet in 1938 and returned in 1940 with the Original Ballet Russe. In Australia she danced many important roles and was known in particular for her interpretation of the first Waltz in Les Sylphides. Following the Original Ballet Russe Australian tour, Volkova toured with the company to South America, and was stranded in Cuba during the infamous Ballets Russes strike. She moved to Australia in 1945 to marry an Australian, Jim Barnes, and has lived in New South Wales since that time.