Pierre Chartrand is recognized at home and abroad as a dancer, choreographer, caller, and teacher. He started dancing in 1971 with the company Charms. In the early 80s, he taught dance at the University of Québec at Montreal. He has performed solo or in groups at festivals across the US and Canada. In 1987 he went to France for a masters degree in dance at the Sorbonne. In 1997 Chartrand and Normand Legault won a traditional dance medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Madagascar. He and his wife Anne-Marie Gardette founded Danse Cadence, an organization dedicated to traditional dance. He has performed with Rapetipetam at New World Festivals in years past.