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.

 

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.

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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