Jig (I) (2011)

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Documentary telling the compelling story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.


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Documentary telling the compelling story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

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...to win, they must be foot perfect!



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6 May 2011 (Ireland)  »

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$70,432 (USA) (17 June 2011)


$157,504 (USA) (19 August 2011)

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In 2011, 2010 runner-up Brogan McCay came back to win the World Championship title. Battling back from injury, 2010 winner Julia O'Rourke came in 5th. 2010 World Champions Claire Greaney and Joe Bitter both successfully defended their titles, while Suzanne Coyle came in 2nd (improving on her 3rd in 2010), and Simona Mauriello once again came in 4th. Young defending World Champion John Whitehurst came in 2nd. Finally, Dutchman Sandun Verschoor improved on his 10th in 2010, receiving a personal best of 7th. See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 4 May 2011 (2011) See more »

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29 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was simply amazing! If you're an Irish dancer, a parent of a dancer or someone who is considering joining the lot, you would really enjoy the insight this documentary has to offer.

Jig is realistic and shows both the ups and downs of this kind of lifestyle. It accurately portrays how the parents invest so much time, expense and emotion into their children. And we see how much genuine hard work and determination is delivered by the dancers day after day through classes, sacrifice, rigorous practice at home and traveling to compete. Many even dance with injuries! The latter part of the movie takes place at the 2010 World Championships in Glasgow. This is where the dancers are given only a few minutes to display - on stage - the steps they've perfected throughout the year. Out of thousands of competitors, only 50 are recalled to do a set dance for final judging. No matter who you are rooting for, it is tense.

I also loved how this documentary showed that Irish dancing isn't only for the Irish, but that it is enjoyed by people from multiple countries, ethnicities, ages, and by both genders. And above the dazzle and excitement, they are truly doing this because of their love for it.

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