NANCY FRANCIS has devoted her extensive career as a teacher and university professor to promote dance education as a right for all students.
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NANCY FRANCIS has devoted her extensive career as a teacher and university professor to promote dance education as a right for all students. Having studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance in Alberta, Ontario, and England, Nancy infused her passion for dance in her work as an elementary school teacher, a physical education specialist, and a university teacher educator. With a doctoral degree in Education, she was the dance curriculum specialist for the Arts Education program at the University of Regina. At Brock University, she has been instrumental in cultivating and sustaining an inclusive, creative dance curriculum with quality pedagogy in the Kinesiology program. She has been an active writer of dance curricula in both Saskatchewan and Ontario and conducted dance education research on numerous topics that relate to students' perceptions of meaningful content. Upon invitation, she has presented inspiration keynote speeches, addressed her dance research and offered practical dance workshops throughout Canada, Asia, the US, UK and Australia. Nancy has received numerous provincial, national and international awards and accolades for her unyielding service in professional organizations devoted to quality school dance education. Nancy is pleased to serve as the Co-Chair of the dance and the Child: International conferences in July, 2021 in Toronto, to which you are invited. As she firmly believes that all dancers should create, perform and observe dance, Nancy is pleased to adjudicate at Ontario Secondary School DANCEFEST2020.