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Dance: Amazing Red River Jig

GUEST,meself 18 Apr 07 - 07:10 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 18 Apr 07 - 07:49 PM
Geoff the Duck 19 Apr 07 - 09:25 AM
GUEST,meself 19 Apr 07 - 09:38 AM
katlaughing 01 Sep 10 - 01:58 PM
meself 02 Sep 10 - 11:36 AM
Ebbie 02 Sep 10 - 08:04 PM
Alice 02 Sep 10 - 08:29 PM
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katlaughing 02 Sep 10 - 10:59 PM
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Subject: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 07:10 PM

I've seen it danced a thousand times, but never quite like this. The clip is about two-and-a-half minutes - for the full effect, watch it right through; when it gets to the last dancer, you'll see what I'm talking about.

The way this dance works: a sort of workaday shuffle is done for the high-pitched turn; during the second, low-pitched turn, the dancer does his or her fancy steps.

The Asham stompers seem to be based in Reedy Creek, Manitoba, which is near Ebb & Flow, which is right next to Bacon Ridge, which is just down the road from Kinosota, not terribly far from Ste. Rose-du-Lac. The dancers are Metis, i.e. mixed Native and white, i.e., "halfbreed". You could call the Red River Jig their "national" dance.


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 07:49 PM

Excellent group!
Thanks for the clips.


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 19 Apr 07 - 09:25 AM

That last bloke is GOOD.
Quack!!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 19 Apr 07 - 09:38 AM

Yup.

It seems to me, on further thought, that the Asham Stompers are probably based in Winnipeg, but the "ancestral home" of the Ashams is in the Reedy Creek area, and it looks like they put on a festival in Reedy Creek every summer now. Nice to see in an area that has been so marginal economically for so many years. Rich in culture, though.


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 01:58 PM

Just found a fantastic sound file of this at the Native American Music Awards site on the Best Historic category page. If you use the forward arrow on the embedded player, you can fast forward to Arvel Bird playing it. Really well done!


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: meself
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 11:36 AM

I like Arvel Bird's lively, vigorous rendition.

Update: the clip I mentioned in the OP is now on this page. Click on the first video, "Red River Jig 2".


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 08:04 PM

Wow! I watched it twice. Great.


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: Alice
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 08:29 PM

Does he have rubber legs?? Thanks for the link!


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: Crowhugger
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 10:12 PM

That guy has some crazy knees!


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Subject: RE: Dance: Amazing Red River Jig
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 10:59 PM

Thanks, meself. I love Bird's rendition,too, but that link you put in is something for the dancing! Wow! Can't wait to show my grandson. He loves to dance, so I know he's going to say, "How that guy DO that?"*bg*


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