Dallas and Brandon Courchene and Vince O'Laney make up Sagkeeng's Finest who will go to the finals in Canada's Got Talent (Jerry Flett, NCI)
The jig is up . . . or at least it's made it to the final round. Three young dancers who make up Sagkeeng's Finest have advanced to the finals of Canada's Got Talent.
Dallas and Brandon Courchene and Vince O'Laney returned from Toronto to Winnipeg on May 1 and an excited crowd of community supporters were at the airport for an emotional welcome, including 80 people from their home at Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba. Many of them were armed with banners, hand-made signs and even bells and whistles.
Vince O'Laney couldn't contain his excitement upon arrival. He called the experience of making it to the finals "overwhelming, amazing, great. It's awesome."
Chief Donovan Fontaine was one of the greeters. And he was beaming. "I'm very excited and amazed at their accomplishments," he said in an interview with CBC's John Sadoway. "Everybody's rallied around them and supported them. They've really instilled a sense of pride in our community."
Jigging is a traditional art form in the community. The young men have been jigging for a few years, but they only decided to form the trio this past August, when they first heard about the show.
Their routine is fairly traditional, but they do add some fusion elements from other more modern dance styles. They had a big moment in their performance this week that got them to the final round when they threw a moonwalk in the middle of their routine.
In an interesting twist during the competition, one of the judges, Martin Short, suggested they keep their heads up and not look at their feet. But looking at their feet is actually part of the tradition. They took the advice and it obviously paid off.