WUMB June Program Guide

The Jig

I was watching a few young girls practice Irish step dancing on my street the other day and that got me to ask, what is a jig?

I thought I would share with you some bits of information about the jig that I discovered. The term probably comes from the French word, giguer, meaning, “to jump or frolic.”  The jig (in Irish it is called, port) is a form of a lively folk dance as well as the name of the accompanying tune.  Jigs are known from as far back as the 16th century.

In Irish step dance there are several distinct jig forms: Light jigs, the 2nd fastest of all the jigs, the Slip jig, or the ballet of Irish dance, Single and Double jigs, Hop jigs and Treble jigs.

I really appreciate the hard work by the young girls that I saw.

~ Gail

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