Please don’t ask me to jig.

199625_10150112595007950_4022359_nZee Brennan
Grand Rapids, MI

Often times when I share with people that I am Irish, many people aren’t surprised and demand that I dance a jig for them. Although I am also an accomplished Irish dancer, it feels as though there is an assumption among many Americans that all Irish know how to dance a jig. It feels as though my culture has become a bit of an entertainment act among Americans as they do not have the same kind of respect or appreciation for the tradition behind Irish arts and music.

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