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The jig is up: Watch this square dancer literally tear apart our set with his fancy footwork

Let Desmond Colombe give you a lesson in how to Red River Jig.

Let Desmond Colombe give you a lesson in how to Red River Jig

Dancer Desmond Colombe gives us a lesson in how to Red River Jig. 2:15

Square dancer Desmond Colombe stopped by our CBC Arts studio to give us a master class in jigging — and he tore it up! No, he literally tore up our set with his fancy footwork. Our set is shredded and it was so worth it.

Colombe has been honing his dance skills since he was five years old, and he now dances competitively and teaches square dancing in Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba. In this video, he shows us the intricate steps of the traditional Red River Jig set to Kevin McKay's fiddle music.

It's actually something I grew up doing — something I love to do.- Desmond Colombe

So grab your fiddle or your dancing shoes (or both?!) and get jigging!

You can learn more about Colombe, McKay and their dance community in the CBC Short Doc Twilight Dancers (available to watch online here).

Watch CBC Arts: Exhibitionists on Friday nights at 12:30am (1am NT) and Sundays at 3:30pm (4pm NT) on CBC Television.

About the Author

Mercedes Grundy has been producing videos for CBC Arts and Exhibitionists since 2015. She is a unabashed Leonardo DiCaprio enthusiast with an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC. And while her love for the arts does not discriminate, she openly acknowledges she is a horrible dancer.


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