Siamsa callers        [français]

Bill White

At Nuit blanche, March 2012.
Photo: Les ateliers Namaste

Our regular caller Bill White has established himself as a well-respected Irish dance caller in Montréal, noted for his ability to communicate the subtleties of both ceili and set dances with a minimum of fuss. So much so that complete beginners may find themselves dancing — and hugely enjoying — everything from circle dances to intricate sets of quadrilles at their first ceili.

Bill learned Irish set and ceili dancing from Maureen Mulvey, a renowned teacher from County Leitrim, Ireland, and Toronto.

He also has a few dances from other traditions — Québécois, Scottish, English — up his sleeve to add to the variety and fun of a Siamsa ceili.

Yaëlle Azoulay

Photo courtesy Yaëlle Azoulay

Popular québécois dancer Yaëlle Azoulay shares calling duties with Bill on occasion, giving our dancers the chance to enjoy some great French-Canadian sets (and Bill a chance to dance).

Yaëlle specializes in québécois step-dancing and percussive dance, teaching at festivals and workshops all over Canada and in the US, and has been honing her calling skills for a decade. She is a performer and choreographer with the Collectif de folklore urbain [ZØGMA].

Yaëlle Azoulay

Bill & Yaëlle, Halloween ceili 2013
Photo: Kelly Symons

Elspeth Elspeth in action

Elspeth McMurray teaches Siamsa's Irish dance classes, where her skill, enthusiasm and sunny personality are greatly appreciated. She joins Bill to call a few dances at the ceilis when she can.

Elspeth learned her craft with the Bernadette Short School of Irish dancing in Montréal.

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