Jeanette Mollenhauer

Jeanette Mollenhauer

Independent Dance Scholar

Jeanette Mollenhauer is an independent dance scholar whose research focuses on Irish dance in Australia. She is a member of various scholarly organisations relating to dance, including the International Council for Traditional Music Study Group on Ethnochoreology, the Dance Studies Association and the Society for Dance Research. Jeanette is also a member of the International Council for Traditional Music’s Archives Committee. Along with her 2020 book, Dancing at the Southern Crossroads: A History of Irish Step Dance in Australia 1880-1940 (Anchor Books Australia), her research on Irish dance in both historical and current contexts has appeared in journals such as Dance Research Journal, History Australia and Scene. Jeanette has also published articles about Croatian dance in Australia, English dance scholar Maud Karpeles (for the International Council for Traditional Music forthcoming 70th Anniversary Volume) and taxonomic choices in dance studies (Dance Research, 39(1), forthcoming 2021).

Communities / Identities – Jeannette Mollenhauer, Kathryn Stamp, Rachel Sweeney, Maria Kerin + Q&A


Presentations on the intersection between dance disability and public interventions in the UK, the historical erasure of Irish dance in Australia, and the fostering of transnational academic and artistic dialogues through technology. Mollenhauer’s presentation argues that although Irish dance currently enjoys a measure of civic prominence, its contribution to the archive of Australian dance practice is “missing”. […]