The Tam ti delam folk dancing ensemble was born in Sept-Îles in the spring of 1980. Under the skilled supervision of its founder, Mr. Nelson Girard, the troupe instantly proved to be dynamic and of remarkable talent. In 1985 its founder left the troupe, leaving behind a thriving, well organized company. Several directors then succeeded each other and worked over the years to make the troupe grow and progress even more. Mrs. Johanne Poirier, an experienced dancer and accomplished choreographer, is now leading the troupe as director.

Since its creation, the company's mission is to:

  • Re-introduce people to Quebec folklore
  • Spread our folklore to make it known abroad
  • Update traditional dances and music
  • Show foreign dances to local people


The troupe has grown through Quebec and foreign dancing and music for 33 years now. Tam ti delam has already taken part in various dance festivals (France, Spain, Ukraine, Hungary, Switzerland, Florida, Portugal, Mexico, and so forth), representing Quebec or Canada several times. These exchanges allow dances to discover rhythms, music, costumes, dances and customs from around the world. This additional knowledge subsequently enhances showcases delivered to the Sept-Îles public, as well as performers’ personal progress.

The troupe aims to perform locally 2 or 3 times a year. On top of its annual show, each spring Tam ti delam hosts a Carousel putting dancers from all ages and those who form the next generation in the limelight. The Carousel showcases a variety of performers, about a hundred of them, Tam ti delam's dancers between 4 and 15 years old as well as adults from the dancing school getting acquainted with folk dancing and discovering international rhythms.

Tam ti delam is a member of  Folklore Canada

Tam ti delam is well-versed in these dancing styles:

  • African traditional and Gum Boots  
  • American
  • Argentinean
  • Armenian    
  • Austrian
  • Bollywood (Indian cinema)
  • Bulgarian        
  • Flamenco
  • German
  • Gypsy (Eastern Europe)
  • Hungarian
  • Irish
  • Israeli
  • Italian
  • Jig and Quebec folk dancing
  • Latin dancing (Salsa, Bachata, Rueda, Merengue)
  • Mexican
  • Moldavian
  • Native dances (West of Canada)
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian and Belarusian
  • Slovak
  • Swing dance (East coast, Rockabilly Jive and Lindy Hop)
  • Tango
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Yugoslavian