Amelie Larade is the daughter of Mark and Donna Larade. She is 10 years old and has been dancing since the age of 5. In that time she has danced for Justin Trudeau and Roch Voisine. Amelie loves to dance and has been working for le Conseil des Arts since she started dancing. Christopher Poirier is a grade 5 student at NDA School in Cheticamp. He is 11 yearrs old and has been dancing since the age of 4. Chris is also a member of a group called Conseil des arts with whom he performs in plays all summer long. This is his second year dancing at Celtic Colours, and he really enjoyed his experience last year. In his career so far, Christopher, has had the opportunity to dance for the Governor General, Ashley MacIsaac, Roch Voisine and many more.
Amélie, Louise, and Lilianne are members of la Petite Brise (meaning a small wind), a group of young dancers in the dance troupe La Swing du Suête. All three girls hail from beautiful Cheticamp, an area rich in music, dance and culture. Although young dancers, they have been dancing for more than a few years. You can also catch Amélie with her other dancing partner, Christopher Poirier, in the early part of the festival.
Formed in 2002, the Asham Stompers are a very high energy Jig and Square Dance group from Manitoba that brings fans to their feet everywhere they perform. Their mission is “…to help recapture and preserve the history of the Métis people through the Traditional dancing of Red River Jig”. They combine “Red River Jig” with traditional square dance aptly called the “Red River Dance”. The Stompers took Celtic Colours audiences by storm in 2011, and there was just no question that we would get them back for this year’s festival.