Research Fellows

Dr Scott DeLahunta

Visiting Academic

Dr. Scott deLahunta has worked as writer, researcher and organiser on a range of international projects bringing performing arts with a focus on choreography into conjunction with other disciplines and practices. He is currently pursuing this work as Senior Research Fellow via a partnership between Coventry University (UK) Deakin Motion.Lab (AUS). Since 2010 he has been and continues as the Director of Motion Bank a project of The Forsythe Company providing a broad context for research into choreographic practice. He was an Associate Research Fellow with Dartington College of Arts (2000-2009) during which time he began his long-term research with Wayne McGregor, and since 2008 he has been the Director for R-Research the interdisciplinary research department for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. From 2006-2010, he was Research Fellow with the Art Theory and Research and Art Practice and Development Research Group, Amsterdam School for the Arts, where he worked closely with the dance company Emio Greco|PC, a project which culminated with the two year research project Inside Movement Knowledge. He has held short-term research positions in a variety of context including Kings College Cambridge (2005) and serves on the editorial boards of Performance Research and the International Journal of Performance and Digital Media. He has published in a wide range of contexts and is frequently invited to speak at events internationally. deLahunta has also sat on various awarding juries including Arts Council England, NESTA and Prix Ars Electronica. He has taught for various education institutions in the past including the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1994-2006) based at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he also co-developed the Amsterdam Masters in Choreography program. deLahunta’s PhD (2010) from Plymouth University is on-line at:



John McCormick

Research Fellow

John McCormick is recognised as one of the pioneers of new media dance, motion capture and telematic performance. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship in 2007-2008 for real-time motion capture and networked performance. John has collaborated on works worldwide, including at peak festivals ZERO1SJ, SIGGRAPH, Melbourne Festival and The Venice Biennale. He has also performed works at ICA London, Arnolfini Bristol UK,Monaco Dance Forum, the International Symposium on Art and Technology, DEAF ,Hong Kong and ShangHai Arts Centres. John was a founding member of Company In Space, and Dancehouse, Melbourne.  He was awarded an MA in Animation and Interactive Media from RMIT University.  Along with Adam Nash he founded Squaretangle, developing and presenting work at Hidden Cove, Ars Electronica and Neutral Ground.

John has been teaching motion capture and dance at Deakin University for the past two years, and John’s artistic practice and 3D design work was instrumental in the development of both Aura from 2009 and Choreotopography in 2010.  One of four exceptional students granted a scholarship in conjunction with the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, John begins his PhD in 2011.  John’s research aims to develop a new approach to computer based gesture recognition that extracts behavoural parameters from complex human movement.



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 includingBrolga, the Australian Book ReviewKinesis 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.