ARAN -- 1   SET
        2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Galway, Ireland.
    Ladies chain:  ladies grasp right hands at waist-height and dance on to the opposite gent
              (who has danced into his partner's position); take left hands and form an arch;
              the lady dances under the arch and around the gent as he continues to face
              into the set; ladies do not chain with one another when dancing to home.
    First side is on the right of First Top Couple.
    Documentation is based upon workshops taught by Mick Mulkerrin.
    Other versions are danced.
    Edition of March 4, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (160 BARS)
All couples: take crossed hands (rights on top) and lead around anticlockwise6;
reverse direction, keeping hands at waist-level2;
lead around clockwise to home, ending with gents inside the set facing ladies
          who are facing into the set6; dance in-place, without touching2;
swing in ceili hold8;
REPEAT "MARKER" partners face and chain to opposite (gents dance anticlockwise, ladies
          dance clockwise)6; at opposite, face partners and dance on-the-spot
          without touching2; continuing the same directions, chain to home6;
          face partners and dance on-the-spot without touching2;
swing in ceili hold8;
Top couples: ladies chain8
All couples: tops swing in ceili hold  as  sides face, take crossed hands and slide in and out
          twice (in-2-3, out-2-3) waving; wave by swinging the hands/arms
          in/up/down twice (small loops) as in a  wave at an Aran Island beach4; 
          sides then crossover anticlockwise to opposite; with hands still crossed,
          turn-the-lady-under clockwise once with two arms then once with only
          the right hand4.
Top couples: take crossed hands and advance and retire once (sides stand in-place)4;
          crossover clockwise, beginning with crossed hands, and turn the lady
          under once with two arms then once with only the right hand4;
repeat the advance and retire and crossover as above to home8;
All couples: tops swing in ceili hold  as  sides face, take crossed hands and slide in and out
          twice (in-2-3, out-2-3) waving; wave by swinging the hands/arms
          in/up/down twice (small loops) as in a  wave at an Aran Island beach4;
          sides then crossover anticlockwise to opposite; with hands still crossed,
          turn-the-lady-under clockwise once with two arms then once with only
          the right hand4.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  with side couples leading64.
  SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- REELS (296 BARS)
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain8;
swing in ceili hold8;
Top couples: first top gent and second top lady dance around one another clockwise (begin right-
          shoulder-to-right); on the sixth bar, make a full turn anticlockwise, ending with
          backs to respective homes8;
same couples swing in ceili hold in the center6; reverse to home2;
take crossed hands and advance and retire once4;
crossover to opposite turning-the-lady twice as in Figure One4;
advance and pass through an arch; first top couple dance diagonally (to the left)
          into the set and form the arch; second top lady only dance anticlockwise
          around first top gent and under the arch to partner4;
crossover anticlockwise to home turning the lady twice as in Figure One4;
second top couple swing in ceili hold at home6; swing to the center  as  first top
          also dances to the center; second top gent leaves partner at first top
          gent's left2;
the trio and the solo gent retire and advance twice (not advance and retire)8;
little Christmas  as  side couples swing at home8.
All couples: repeat from  REPEAT "MARKER"  with first side couple, second top couple then second side
          couple leading216.
  SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- POLKAS (88 BARS)
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice; the lady faces the gent
          on the right on the final two bars8;
new couples take waltz hold and house clockwise to the next position on the left8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners are at home48;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
big Christmas8.

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