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Marielle Le­spérance will be join­ing The Col­lege of Pip­ing and Celtic Per­form­ing Arts of Canada fac­ulty team on Sept. 8.

She will be re­plac­ing Kearsney Smith MacNeil, High­land dance in­struc­tor, who has de­cided to re­turn to South Africa with her hus­band, Ryan MacNeil, to com­plete her univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion. Her de­par­ture comes af­ter over four years at the col­lege.

Le­spérance is the cur­rent adult On­tario, Cana­dian, Com­mon­wealth and World Cham­pion in High­land danc­ing. She is a three-time World Cham­pion, five-time Com­mon­wealth Cham­pion, 10-time Cana­dian Cham­pion and 11-time On­tario Pro­vin­cial Cham­pion. She has also per­formed with var­i­ous groups through­out Canada and the United States, in­clud­ing with DRUM! at Dol­ly­wood in Ten­nessee, and with the Squid Pre­ci­sion Drum­mers in Jac­ques Cartier park for Canada Day.

Her pas­sion for High­land dance also ex­tends to teach­ing. She is a mem­ber of the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers of Dance and has taught dance work­shops across Canada.

Her new­est ven­ture is the for­ma­tion of the High­land dance per­for­mance group, Change of Step, with sev­eral other ac­com­plished High­land dancers. Le­spérance has been in­structed by Ellen Cameron since the age of 10 and by Jan­ice Macquar­rie while com­plet­ing her bach­e­lor of sci­ence in physics at St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity. She also holds a masters of sci­ence in med­i­cal physics from Car­leton Univer­sity.

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