Jig Irish Dancing World Championship. Dance Performance DVD
Brogan McCay (Actor), Julia O Rourke (Actor), Sue Bourne (Director)
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Jig Irish Dancing World Championship • Dance Performance DVD
Jig Irish Dancing World Championship
Jig Irish Dancing World Championship

Brogan McCay (Actor), Julia O Rourke (Actor), Sue Bourne (Director)

Dance Performance DVD

DP01 Classic Dance Performances DVD - Brogan McCay (Actor), Julia O Rourke (Actor), Sue Bourne (Director) - Jig Irish Dancing World Championship - Dance Performance DVD - JIG is the remarkable story of the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds they compete for the coveted world titles. In a world of Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms, this was a wonderful movie about kids who love what they do, and most importantly work very hard to go for thier dreams. This is a movie kids should watch and realize that reaching your dreams - whatever they are takes hard work... We loved it and can't wait to watch it again. Jig examines the phenomena of Irish step dancing not by focusing on its most public faces--Riverdance and Lord of the Dance--but by going to the 40th annual Irish Dancing World Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2008. The film follows a number of families as their children compete for the medal. The documentary is about equally balanced between giving audiences an overview of the dancing and documenting the drama of the competition proper. Those who've seen Riverdance or Lord of the Dance might think they know Irish dancing. To a certain extent, they do. Many of the basic moves are shared between traditional Irish dancing and its popular counterparts. However, the difference between competition dancing and something like Riverdance is the difference between a martial arts demonstration and a real live fight. Much of the more flowery hand movements are eliminated--since solo dancers keep their arms rigidly at their sides--and the emphasis is on the feet: their control, their timing, and their ability to make movements that civilians can barely follow, let alone perform. That's the chief virtue of Jig--it provides a nice counterpoint to other Irish dance offerings by giving audiences a peek at a purer form of the activity. Director Sue Bourne does a really effective job bouncing between wide shots of dancers and closeups of the intricate patterns woven by their feet. Those sequences--when we watch dancers do their thing--are the film's most effective and those who enjoy the more popular forms of the dance will certainly appreciate these moments. The film's other main virtue is its narrative drive; we learn about Irish dancing from real dancers and their families. This Irish dance documentary is a fabulous peek into a world that seems foreign to those who haven't experienced it. Bourne balances the positive and negative aspects that come with extreme sports. Dancers and non-dancers of all ages will enjoy Jig with its focus on the individual dancer. The last 15 minutes will leave you breathless. I did irish dancing for about 10 years and JIG did a fantastic job of documenting what the world of competitive irish dancing is really like from day to day. It made me laugh to see the teachers and parents bobbing and bouncing in their seats to the beats of their dancers- but that's really how it is.. Everything from the dresses and wigs and the injuries and physical therapy to the practices in hotel conference rooms brought back so many memories for me. JIG was such a pleasure to watch and I will own it on DVD as soon as possible. This is not a movie for people who want to learn to irish dance. It is a story about what irish dancing is like at the highest level. And although Riverdance and the other shows are good, you'll never see more talent anywhere else besides World Championships. Competitions are not about being flashy or sexy, they're about the dancing, which is how it should be, and JIG did an excellent job of showing that.

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