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BSc (UWO), HBSc (UWO),
PhD (Laval)

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
and
Faculty of Education
University of Ottawa

Science Education and
Science Communication
(Ecology, Evolution and
Environmental Science)

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Professeur adjoint

Département de biologie
Faculté des sciences
et
Faculté de l’Éducation
Université d’Ottawa

Pédagogie scientifique et communication scientifique
(Écologie, Évolution et Sciences
Environnementales)

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Dance

MapleMorrisFor most of my life, I have danced a form of ritual English dance called Morris Dancing.  This traditional dance is a centuries-old tradition whose performance has always been associated with social gatherings in the village square and the local pub. While the figures and phrasing of the dance are meant to honour and to symbolize the perennial nature of life’s cycles, the sense of community created in the annual performance of these rituals are intimately entwined with the fabric of the communities in which the Morris was danced. Alongside this tribute to a bygone age of simplicity, beauty and camaraderie comes an appreciation for some of life’s simpler joys: hearty friendship, lustful song and dance, and a pint that’s always brimming with a fine brew.

Dance show in London, UK

Maple Morris are traveling to the UK next week to put on a stage dance show with Morris Offspring at the Cecil Sharp House in London, followed by a week of performing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival in Devon. Must Come Down With Becky Price, Jackie Oates, Gavin Davenport, Matthew Keegan-Phipps and Debs Newbold A […]

TVI dancing “Steve’s” at Newfane

Here is a nice video of one of my favourite Thames Valley International dances ever, written for our dear friend Steve Adams, who died in WTC1 on 9/11.  It was performed as our show dance at Newfane, VT for the Marlboro Morris Ale in May 2011.    

Morris Intensive Course at Pinewoods Camp.

In 2009, in collaboration with Justin Morrison, Stefan Read and Tom Kruskal, I was involved in elaborating a Morris Dance intensive short course at Pinewoods Music and Dance Camp in Massachusetts, run by the Country Dance and Song Society of America (CDSS).  The goals of this course were to provide an in-depth analytical look at […]

Thames Valley International

I have been a member of TVI Morris Dancing team since I was around 8 years old.  This international consortium of fine Morris Dancers has garnered much acclaim for their ability to pull off high quality dance performances with seemingly no practice.  Follow the enigma that is TVI here.

Maple Morris

Maple Morris was co-founded by myself with Stefan Read, Justin Morrison and Stephanie Phillips in 2005 as a venue for young Morris Dancers to network, workshop and enjoy each other’s company.  What started as an annual Canadian event has evolved into several weekends per year in both the US and Canada, with a membership of […]