Ainsley Hawthorn


Ainsley Hawthorn, Ph.D., is a Middle Eastern dancer, cultural historian, and dance scholar based in St. John’s, NL. She blogs for Psychology Today, writes commentary for CBC NL, and is finishing up her first non-fiction book, The Other Five Senses. For more, visit: http://ainsleyhawthorn.com/

Ainsley Hawthorn's Work

Smallwood / Photo courtesy of Canada's National Ballet School

Canadian Teenager Wins New Prize at Prestigious Prix de Lausanne

Maya Smallwood was with her roommate at Canada’s National Ballet School when she heard the news: she won the Prix de Lausanne’s inaugural Young Creation Award.

Dancers of Damelahamid / Photo by Derek Dix

Made in BC Celebrates 15 Years With an Interactive Virtual History

The website shows dance hoops, a sweatshirt, a soup can and a hodgepodge of other items tumbling from the trunk of a hatchback on a B.C. highway. Click on any one of them and you’ll be whisked into a story about a dance artist who has toured the province through Made in BC – Dance on Tour or one of the community programs it has supported.

Athletic Art

By Ainsley Hawthorn

After a prolific ice dancing career, Shae-Lynn Bourne finds more joy in choreographing than competing


Adaptive Dance Teacher Adapts to a Virtual Classroom

Hilary Walsh takes her classroom online, teaching adaptive dance within COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions.


The Science of Silks By Ainsley Hawthorn

Tanya Burka