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Will Kemp Elizabethan Clown Jig
English Elizabethan clown Will Kempe dancing a jig from Norwich to London in 1600

The jig is a form of lively folk dance in compound metre, as well as the accompanying dance tune. It developed in 16th-century England, and was quickly adopted on mainland Europe.

During the seventeenth century the dance was adopted in Ireland and Scotland, where it was widely adapted, and the jig is now most often associated with these countries.

Today it is most associated with Irish dance music, Scottish country dance and the Métis people in Canada.

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