Music Smithers

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Marion Rose

Piano | Accordian

Marian Rose is a musician, writer, linguist and folk dance specialist who believes that dance and music are powerful tools in creating a more connected, compassionate and joyful world.

Well-known in western Canada for her school dance residencies and her Step Lively dance resources, she has brought the joy of dancing to over 200,000 school children and their families over the past three decades.

Motivated by academic curiosity and a passion for languages, she moved to Quebec and completed a master’s degree in linguistics a the Université de Québec à Chicoutimi. Her research focused on the relationship between music and language, and specifically how music and movement can help us to learn a second language.

In 2017, she completed a new book/CD resource entitled Chantons, dansons : Songs, Games and Dances for Learners of French, intended for children attending French immersion schools as well as for adults wanting to improve their fluency in French.

In the past few years Marian has taught Québécois traditional dance to adults from across North America who come to Quebec to improve their French as part of the Explore program at l’Université de Québec à Chicoutimi. Otherwise, she continues to teach folk and social dance at weddings, festivals and dance camps, and is a highly respected clinician at teacher conferences and professional development workshops.