Young, old and in between do the Red River Jig

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Published on February 18, 2014

Dan Gagne dances a jig in the “master’s” age category (65-plus), during the Prince Albert Winter Festival’s 20th Annual North Saskatchewan Red River Jigging Competition at the Army and Navy Auditorium on Tuesday night. 

Published on February 18, 2014

Gina Ermine, 5, dancers with her mother, Gabrielle Ermine, at the Prince Albert Winter Festival’s 20th Annual North Saskatchewan Red River Jigging Competition at the Army and Navy Auditorium on Tuesday night. 

Published on February 18, 2014

Troy Henderson dances a jig at the Prince Albert Winter Festival’s 20th Annual North Saskatchewan Red River Jigging Competition at the Army and Navy Auditorium on Tuesday night. 

Published on February 18, 2014

The 19-64 age group does one final jig at the Prince Albert Winter Festival’s 20th Annual North Saskatchewan Red River Jigging Competition at the Army and Navy Auditorium on Tuesday night. 

Published on February 18, 2014

Dan Gagne and Martha Matissa share a dance at the Prince Albert Winter Festival’s 20th Annual North Saskatchewan Red River Jigging Competition at the Army and Navy Auditorium on Tuesday night. 

While the backup band played their final Red River Jig of the evening, judge Karen Fleury concluded that the various dancers she saw perform on Tuesday night were “fantastic.”

Fleury joined a few others in judging the Prince Albert Winter Festival’s 20th Annual North Saskatchewan Red River Jigging Competition at the Prince Albert Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) auditorium.

Although some came out winners on paper, everyone involved appeared to have a blast jigging into the evening hours.

“A lot of people like to see all of the different age groups come out and really strut their stuff,” ANAVETS president Dave Fidler said while a soon to be sold out crowd began streaming in. “Even some of the little ones -- they’re really good.”

This year’s event was the 20th annual, he said, and is an effort the ANAVETS have been proud to be part of over the two decades.

“We always have a full house for the jigging, which makes it nice for the competitors,” he said.

This year’s event was no exception, with the ANAVETS basement auditorium full of smiling faces, cheering on competitors, from tiny tots (younger than five) to the masters (65-plus).

The annual event centres on The Red River Jig -- a Canadian Métis dance with its origins steeped in First Nations, French, English and Scottish traditions.

Not necessarily always on a four/four beat, the music is also called “crooked music” -- the faster the music goes, the faster the dancers’ feet must go.

Funds raised at Tuesday’s event will go toward helping the community, Fidler said.

“You can name most organizations around and we’ve donated,” he said. “That’s basically our mandate -- community involvement.”

The ANAVETS were host to the Prince Albert Winter Festival Harmonica and Accordion Demonstration on Monday night.

The Prince Albert Winter Festival continues this week with the Country North Show every night through to Sunday at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.

A lot of people like to see all of the different age groups come out and really strut their stuff. Even some of the little ones -- they’re really good. Dave Fidler

The outdoor site, where Third Avenue East meets the North Saskatchewan Riverbank, will be host to a plethora of activities beginning on Friday at 6 p.m., and then throughout the days on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. 

Results from the Red River Jigging Competition

Tiny Tots

First: Gina Ermine

Second: Emma Bird

Third: Benjamin Banderson

 

5-7 Female

First: Felicia Bear

Second: Mecah Dorion

 

8-11 Male

First: Brennan Linklater

Second: Cameron Ryder

Third: Luke Sanderson

 

8-11 Female

First: Arianna Michelle

Second: Ayrora Isbister

Third: Natasha Bear

 

12-14 Male

First: Cohen Charles

Second: Timothy Linklater

Third: Zach Sewap

 

12-14 Female

First: Amanda Michel

Second: Glory Michel

 

15-18 Female

First: Neanna Saskamoose

Second: Allana Dorion

 

15-18 Male

First: Cole Ballantine

Second: Grey Isbister

 

19-64 Male

First: Steven Prosper

Second: Troy Henderson

 

19-64 Female

First: Ashla Michel

Second: Jocelyn Michel Linklater

Third: Gabrielle Ermine

 

65-Plus

First: Martha Matissa

Second: Dan Gagne

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