Dance

The Métis combined the reels and waltzes from their European ancestry (Irish, Scotch, and French) with the dances of the Plains Indians creating dances unique to themselves.

The traditional dance of the Métis is the Red River Jig. The Red River Jig is a special piece that is danced in two sections. When the fiddle plays the high section the dancer does a basic jig step, when the fiddler changes to the low section, the dancer does fancy step work. Upwards to fifty steps are known to exist.

Some of the names of Métis dances are Quadrille, Red River Jig, Duck Dance, La Double Gigue, Chicken Reel, and Drops of Brandy.

The free spirit and love of life can surely be seen in Métis dances.