Getting Jiggy With It

Saturday May 18, 2019
RBC Convention Centre / Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In honour of the Metis community, their vibrant history and dance style that has been mastered for decades, the Festival will host Getting Jiggy With It – Square Dance Exhibition and Jigging Competition

10:00am – Square Dance Exhibition
Square dance is a fast-paced, lively type of folk dance involving social interaction between several dancers. The term "round dancing" was also used to describe this style of group dancing. Both square and round dance describes a group of dancers moving through space to make large patterns, with a steady rhythmical base supporting the melody of the music. An early form was a line of dancers who made circles, spirals, and followed the person in front. The Square Dance exhibition features the Metis Club Traditional Dancers who were formed in 2006 and dances out of the Metis Club of Winnipeg. Their mission is to promote and pass down the culture of the Metis people through the art of traditional square dancing and jigging. They showcase a balance of a modern form of the dance while preserving traditional heritage. Their vision is to see people of all ages have fun through dancing and a fitness activity while building a social dance community.

11:00am – Jigging Competition
The ‘Red River’ jig is a unique style of dance developed by the Metis nation, that features fast stepping footwork to iconic fiddle music. The dance has been passed down over the years and gets individuals young and elderly on their feet to showcase their signature steps. The Jigging competition is one of Manito Ahbee’s most popular events that you don’t want to miss.