Calling Ireland's best Sean Nós and Set Dancers for Series 4 of 'An Jig Gig' on TG4!

AN JIG GIG - Series 4

TG4’s hit show returns with a mission to find the best traditional Irish dancers in Ireland.

Over the past 3 years thousands of Irish dancers have applied for An Jig Gig in their quest to be crowned TG4’s Best Traditional Irish Dance Act.

The dance acts have come in all shapes and sizes, from solo dancers to large dance troupes, and it is the first Irish dance competition that sees dancers of different ages, styles and organisations battling it out head to head on the same stage.

Now it’s time to begin the search for An Jig Gig Champion 2012!

All forms of Irish dancing are eligible for the series, from step dancing to brush dancing, from Sean-nós dancing to set dancers. This is the ultimate free-for-all Irish dance competition and a celebration of all the Irish dancing traditions.

But only one act can be crowned champion and will claim the title of TG4’s Best Traditional Irish Dance Act 2012.

Hosted by

Róisín Ní Thomáin, the show will again see hundreds of dancers take to the stage.

Keeping a close eye on all the talented hopefuls are our 3 judges.

 Breandán de Gallaí, former lead dancer in Riverdance, Breandán is used to working with the world’s top Irish dancers. He is a hard man to impress and any dancer going on stage in front of him, aiming to be crowned the best Irish dance act in Ireland, better give the performance of their lives!

 Dearbhla Lennon, also a former lead dancer in Riverdance and Lord Of The Dance. She has experienced performing at the top level in Irish dance for years. Like Breandán, she is an expert in the field, and will quickly weed out the chancers from the talented dancers.

Labhrás Sonaí Choilm Learaí, a champion Sean-nós dancer, and a fanatical supporter of the older styles of Irish dance completes the judging panel. Labhras, a man who knows what he likes, won’t be pulling any punches with such a prestigious prize at stake.

All 3 judges are experts in the field of Irish dance, but will they see eye to eye with such a variety of styles on display? Sparks are sure to fly again on An Jig Gig…..

Any style of Irish dance is eligible for the show. Also, there are no age restrictions on contestants. The number of people in each act is also not restricted, and can range from one upwards.


If you want to take part in this year’s competition, please fill out the application form on the TG4 website:


All applicants will be contacted to confirm a time and venue for their audition.

Auditions will take place nationwide in mid-June.


How the show works:


Following the nationwide auditions, approximately 90 Irish dance acts will be selected to participate in the series. These acts will feature in the “First Round” shows.

There are 10 "First Round" shows. The "First Round" shows will be recorded at the end of June / start of July.

(Please note, successful applicants will only be required for one recording day to record the "First Round" show they are in.)

One winner will be picked from each of the "First Round" shows. There are then 3 additional shows to whittle the 10 "First Round" winners down to 1 overall series winner.

 These 3 additional shows will be shot later in the summer.

 The series will be filmed in RTÉ studios, Dublin.

For further info contact:

Áine Ní Chuaig at Adare Productions

(01) 2843877;

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