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Audience Location:

The Gazebo at Britannia Beach

Date and Time:

June 24, 2017 at 6:30pm

Water Locale:

Ottawa River

Ottawa river


Wendy Morrell, President of the Sacred Dance Guild
Wendy (Ontario, Canada) has been president of the SDG since 2013. She has held many positions within the SDG, including as a founding member of the Canadian National Chapter (1997), Public Relations Director (2001-2004), and Co-Director of Programs (2007-2013). She has been intimately involved with several SDG Festivals, including as Co-Chair of the 2000, 2010 and 2012 festivals, and as Chair of the 50th Anniversary Festival in 2008. A project manager by profession, Wendy was an independent management consultant for 15 years before joining the Canadian federal public service. She has been dancing since birth as a form of creative expression and spiritual understanding, and has studied most dance forms. She is the artistic director of two youth and adult dance choirs, and regularly leads sacred dance offerings and workshops in her community.

Mary Moncrieff, B.S., BC-DMT
A graduate of Hunter College, Mary is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (ADTA). During her 30-year career, Mary has presented, lectured, educated, and danced with a wide variety of audiences both nationally and internationally. A specialist in the field of elderly mental health and well-being, Mary developed her unique approach while working at the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged in New York City and at the Perley Rideau Veterans’Health Centre in Ottawa. Mary has taught movement at the University of Victoria, guest lectured for Wellesley College’s satellite Dance Therapy program in Calgary, and developed curriculum for Algonquin College’s Creative Arts Therapies program.

Catherine Gee is inspired by the transformative power of sound, movement and stillness. As a leader, facilitator and coach, she quietly listens, provides a calm and creative space for reflection, inspiring connection to Source and one’s Life Force. For more info about her work visit

Megan Dillenbeck, M.A., R-DMT, CCC
Since 2008, Megan has maintained a private psychotherapy practice and facilitated somatic dance/movement classes, workshops and experiential learning for groups of all ages and physical capabilities in Ottawa and Montreal. Her partners and clients have included Algonquin College, The Sacred Dance Guild and Spirit Art Studio, and she has consulted for agencies such as Arts for Health & Learning. Megan is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (ADTA) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

History of Site and Related Water Issues:

The scenic Ottawa River is one of the most beautiful and history-rich rivers in North America. The river flows southeast over 1,200 km (745 miles) from Lake Temiskaming to Montréal where it drains into the St. Lawrence River. Our river energizes the machines of industry and provides hydration for all living things in our city and beyond. The Ottawa River is a treasure to us. It is a place for adventure, a economic and industrial powerhouse and most importantly, a treasure to be explored and preserved. Water quality, water distribution and wastewater matters are among the most pressing public health concerns in recent years, and have been subject to even more rigid legislation than ever before. We dance along side the Ottawa River to remind of of the value of these waters and the role we play in sustaining the vitality of the water both close to home and globally.


We will be using percussion instruments and rain sticks in our dance to best typify the sounds and rhythm of water.

The Performance:

All are welcome to join us on Sunday April 23rd at 6:30pm at 3955 Old Richmond Road (Bells Corners United Church) as we begin to choreography and experiment with the various movements we will integrate into the GWD. All are invited, no experience , background or training is required – just an open mind and a body with a beating heart. If you are unable to attend the evening on the 23rd, and are still interested in participating in the GWD on the 24th of June, please come to the Gazebo at Brittania beach at 6pm. We will gather here before starting the performance at 6:30pm. We are asking participants to wear white on the bottom and a “solid water colour” (blue, turquoise, green, etc) on top. No patterns please!
Join the Wave – Dance with us!

Environmental Impact:

Our goal in this dance is to facilitate awareness of water as a life sustaining resource. We are all connected by water and through water. It is our hope that in this awareness, water will be valued as a precious resource – one that needs our care in sustaining it, keeping it clean and making it accessible to all.

Directions to the Site of Performance:

Britannia beach
2805 Carling Ave
Located on the Ottawa River at Britannia Bay, the beach is great for swimming, picnics or just watching the sailboats go by on a beautiful summer day.

  • Washrooms
  • Free parking
  • Canteen
  • outdoor showers
  • Picnic tables and barbecue pits
  • Play structures and fields
  • swimming lane

Email for more information:,

Local Website:, Facebook – Ottawa Dance/Movement Therapy

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