Getting Jiggy With It

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 Showcase and Jigging Competition

Square Dance Showcase
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. 

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.

Jigging Contest Rules

  • No fee to enter
  • Only 25 participants in each category. (Youth/Teen/Adult)
  • Application must be completed in full
  • Contestants are to jig to fiddle music, live or pre-recorded music acceptable
  • Taps are not necessary
  • Jigging to be done indoors
  • Identification may be required to confirm age in category if picked in top 10
  • Registration will be accepted starting Tuesday July 21st 12PM CT- Friday July 24th 12pm CT or registration may close before last day if categories are filled
  • Winnings will be in Canadian funds by cheque
  • Have fun

When submitting your video

  • Please wait for confirmation in contest to submit video
  • In your video must be your age category
  • Name the video file the name of contestant and age category
  • Files to be sent through drop box if file is too large to send through email to:

First round

  • Plain everyday clothes
  • 2 minute max
  • Videos to be submitted by Sunday July 26th 6pm CT
  • Votes will be based on public voting through social media platform Facebook  starting Tuesday July 28th– Thursday July 30th 6PM CT
  • Top 10 will announced Friday July 31st

Top 10

  • Dress your best
  • Max 1 minute to dance
  • Videos to be submitted by Sunday August 2nd 12PM CT
  • Voting based on secret judges, videos to be posted on social media platform facebook  Monday 3rd– Friday 7th
  • Top 3 winners will be announced Monday August 10th

Any questions please email

2020 GJWI Jigging Competition Winners

Adult Category
1st Derama Abraham

Teen Category
1st Skyla Burns
2nd Vayah Burns
3rd Shaylene Chartrand

Youth Category
1st Gracyn Sanderson
2nd Hannah Chartrand
3rd Mckenlie Breland 

Competition Videos