The Asham Stompers are a high energy Jig and Square dance group from Manitoba, Canada who were set up to help recapture and preserve the history of the Métis people through the traditional dancing of the Red River jig.
The Asham Stompers are a high energy Jig and Square dance group from Manitoba, Canada who were set up in 2002 to help recapture and preserve the history of the Métis people. In particular, they do this through the traditional dancing of the red River jig, which has been done in the First Nation Communities since the late 1700s, aptly called the Red River Dance.
The Group’s members are half Métis and half First nations, and their desire is to perform this tradition from their aboriginal communities on stages all over the world.
They’ve spent the last 11 years doing over 100 performances a year, including as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as well as tours of Mexico and Cape Breton Island. They also run their own Asham Stomper Festival each year.
The group travelling to Shetland consists of 6 dancing couples including 7 year old Hunter Oleschak. They perform to live music by well-known Manitoba power fiddler, Shawn Mousseau.
Wherever they perform, the Asham Stompers receive standing ovations and we’re sure that Shetland will be no exception.