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Published on Jul 21, 2011
The documentary JIG, which is currently in theaters and will be out on DVD on October 4, 2011, recently set the new Guiness World Record for "Longest Riverdance Line" in Nashville on June 3rd during the North American Irish Dancing Championships. WIth 652 dancers performing for 5 minutes and 40 seconds, the record was easily beat (the old record was 392 participants in Ireland in 2010).
JIG is the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds they compete for the coveted world titles. A year of incredibly hard work for just a few tense minutes on stage. This feature length documentary was given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing. With financial backing from BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland award‐winning filmmaker Sue Bourne went behind the normally closed doors of Irish Dancing and found a remarkable world. Wonderful characters of all ages from across the globe....Ireland, Holland, Britain, America and Russia. JIG discovers a world of dedication, hard work, obsession, passion. Success and failure. And astonishing talents pushed to their limits in the quest for perfection.