Kristin Harris Walsh


Kristin Harris Walsh holds a PhD in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and an MA in dance and a BA (Hons) in fine arts cultural studies, both from York University. Her current research interests focus on vernacular dance practices in Newfoundland and Ireland (step dance and sean-nós dance, respectively), funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on percussive dance forms in Canada. She has published widely in the fields of dance and folklore in academic and popular media and, along with her husband, moonlights as a travel writer. Harris Walsh currently holds a research position in the faculty of medicine, and is an adjunct professor with the school of music, both at Memorial University. 

Kristin Harris Walsh's Work

Writers & Readers

Textiles and Truth-Telling

By Kristin Harris Walsh

The word ori is a Yoruba word meaning head and representing one’s life path, purpose, destiny and spiritual intuition. While Afro-Brazilian spiritual beliefs may seem miles away both physically and culturally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the recent production, titled Ori, brought the two together.

Dancing from the Grassroots

By Evadne Kelly, Tanya Evidente, Kristin Harris Walsh

This July, World Dance Alliance Americas held their Global Summit at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Three of the organizers report about the reach and impact of the event.

Residency Now

Karen Kaeja in Newfoundland By Kristin Harris Walsh

Social Dancing

Tradition, Community, Fitness & Fun By Kristin Harris Walsh

Salsa Tuesdays at a downtown bar. Line dancing at a restaurant on the edge of the city. Traditional set dancing at a local community centre. The recreational dance world is no longer primarily populated by little girls in black leotards and pink tights. Men and women, seemingly in greater numbers every year, are heading out to social gatherings – to dance.

Holiday Merrymaking

Mummering in Newfoundland By Kristin Harris Walsh


By Kristin Harris Walsh

El Viento Flamenco: A band with a dancer


By Kristin Harris Walsh

Dance in Canada’s Far East: Newfoundland’s Kittiwake Dance Theatre

Social Studies

By Kristin Harris Walsh

“Dance, then, wherever you may be”: Liturgical dance as women’s voice in the Catholic Mass