Carolyn Hebert is a PhD Candidate and part-time professor in the faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her doctoral research inquires about the experiences of professional tap dancers in improvisation and is funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. She completed her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University in 2013 and published her thesis as a chapter in the Dance and Gender anthology. She has presented her research at conferences in Norway, Los Angeles, and Greece and has guest-authored articles for Dance International and The Dance Current.
In addition to her academic work, Carolyn teaches and choreographs tap dance in competitive dance studios in Ottawa and is a member of the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative Ensemble, which performed at the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.
She is incredibly grateful to the five artists who participated in her doctoral research study and expresses her deepest gratitude to them for sharing their beautiful stories with her.