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Before doctoral study in the United Kingdom, Thoms trained in ballet, contemporary dance and choreography in Canada as part of her Undergraduate and Master’s Degree. She is author of Martha Graham: Gender and the haunting of a dance pioneer (2013). Her new research projects work with  literary theory and trauma studies to understand how theatre dance in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century was a form of bearing witness to the era's upheaval and violence. She has published in Dance Research Journal, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Research in Dance Education, Women: a Cultural Review, Modernism/Modernity Print+, and Dance Chronicle. She was Chair of the Society for Dance Research in the UK from 2011 to 2018. Thoms is presently co-editor of the interdiciplinary book series Dance in Dialogue published with Bloomsbury.


Vision Statement


My research foregrounds the importance of theatre dance as a political, social and embodied force.  I use an interdisciplinary approach  that brings together feminist theory, deconstruction and psychoanalysis with a  commitment to reading the moving body across different medial, geographic and historical matrices. This is essential for understanding theatre dance's complexity and wide-reaching impact.

External positions

Co-Editor, Dance in Dialogue Book Series

1 Sep 2018 → …

Vic-Chair, Society for Dance Research

15 Jan 2018 → …

Ordinary Member, American Society for Theatre Research

1 Aug 2014 → …

Chair, Society for Dance Research

1 Mar 201115 Jan 2018

Ordinary Member, Dance Studies Association

1 Apr 2009 → …

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Research Output

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  • 1 Article
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  • 1 Web publication/site

Expanding Testimony: Dance performance as a mode of witnessing in Richard Move’s Lamentation Variation

Thoms, V., 2019, In : Dance Chronicle . 42, 3, p. 322-341 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Modernity as Trauma and Frederick Ashton’s World War II Ballet, Dante Sonata

    Thoms, V., 15 Jan 2019

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

    Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)


    Thoms, V., 1 Jun 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Coventry University: Published by C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 267-293 27 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 21 Downloads (Pure)

    Book Review: Gay Morris and Jens Richard Giersdorf (eds.), Choreographies of 21st Century Wars

    Thoms, V., Nov 2016, In : Dance Research. 34, 2, p. 247-250 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • 94 Downloads (Pure)


    • 4 Participation in conference
    • 2 Public Engagement Event

    Society for Dance Research - Choreographic Forum - Xenos by Akram Khan

    Victoria Thoms (Session Chair)
    11 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

    Society for Dance Research-Choreographic Forum

    Victoria Thoms (Session Chair)
    3 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

    The Role of the Choreographer in the Stage and Screen Musical

    Victoria Thoms (Organiser)
    28 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Dancing in the Shadow of the First World War

    Victoria Thoms (Organiser)
    29 Nov 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Society for Dance Research Celebrates the Work of Philip Sampey Richardson

    Victoria Thoms (Organising Committee)
    1 Feb 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Choice Outstanding Academic Titles

    Victoria Thoms (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)