BALLYCOMMON  SET
    2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from Counties Limerick and Tipperary, Ireland.
    Except as shown below, a moderately lively, polka step is to be danced (down-2-3).
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Advance and Retire:  Dance a pattern of 1 and 2 and 1 kick-up; 1 and 2 and 123.
    Bar counts for patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    Alternatives:  For the first eight bars of each Figure and for each full house of the set: 
              Back the lady2 and house6.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Tom Hastings on November 15, 1996,
              at Cleveland, Ohio USA and upon a Come Dance With Me In Ireland video.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    Edition of March 4, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com
    FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (56 BARS)
All couples: half diamond    in waltz hold, dance a walk, walk, 1-2-3 pattern to the first
          position on the right then on to the opposite position; make a one-quarter
          turn to face the second position during the 1-2-3 portion of the pattern4;
house to home (all houses of the set are in waltz hold)4;
REPEAT "MARKER" left-forearm hook with near-corner partner and make two anticlockwise turns8;
swing original partner in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   16;
full house8.
    FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (88 BARS)
All couples: half diamond as in Figure One4; house to home4;
REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire twice, in waltz hold (see heading), and
          ladies move one position to the right during the second retire8;
swing new partner in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners swing48;
full house8.
    FIGURE 3 -- SLIDES (112 BARS)
All couples: half diamond as in Figure One4; house to home4;
REPEAT "MARKER" left-forearm hook with near-corner partner -- change to left-hand-in-left
          with the corner and right-hand-in-right at the partner lady's shoulder
          on the final two bars of music8;
lead around anticlockwise in file (each facing the back of the one in front);
          drop left hands, pull right hands over the lady's head for a right-in-right,
          in-front hold on final two bars8;
advance and retire twice, right-hand-in-right8;
advance and retire once, in waltz hold4; house half-way around to opposite4;
advance and retire once, in waltz hold4; house half-way around to home4;
full house8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  48.
    FIGURE 4 -- SLIDES (96 BARS)
All couples: half diamond as in Figure One4; house to home4;
REPEAT "MARKER" left-forearm hook with near-corner partner8;
swing original partner in waltz hold8.
Top couples: advance and retire once, in waltz hold4;
house half-way around to opposite4;
advance and retire once, in waltz hold4;
house half-way around to home4.
All couples: full house8.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  except Side Couples lead on line four40.
    FIGURE 5 -- JIGS (64 BARS)   
All couples: half diamond as in Figure One4; house to home4;
: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire once, in waltz hold4;
house half-way around to opposite4;
advance and retire once, in waltz hold4;
house half-way around to home4;
full house8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  24.

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