BALLYCROY  SET
   2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Mayo, Ireland. 
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Bar counts for dance patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    Chain ladies  give right hands at waist-height and dance on to the opposite gent; couples
          grasp  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  as they dance
          toward home; original  partners grasp left hands and form an arch; the lady dances
          under the arch and to-place as the gent continues to face into the set.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Pat Murphy in Toronto,
              Canada in spring 2001.
    Edition of March 4, 2008 -- Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
   
    FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (224 or 208* BARS)  
Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: lead around clockwise (to the left) holding inside (closest) hands12;
partners face and dance in-place without touching or turning4;
* At some sites, the preceding patterns are danced in eight bars of music (six for the first
   line and two for the second line). Further, during the dance in-place some continue
   holding hands.
swing in waltz hold8;
Top couples: ladies chain (see heading)8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat the preceding chain and swing16.                56
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" gents crossover passing left-shoulder-to-left2; face opposite partner2;
          new partners swing in waltz hold4;
new partners dances sevens in and out once, still in waltz hold4;
house anticlockwise half-way around in waltz hold4;
new partners repeat the preceding sevens in and out  and half-house8;
gents crossover passing left-shoulder-to-left2; face original partner2;
          original partners swing in waltz hold4;
original partners dances sevens in and out once, still in waltz hold4;
house anticlockwise half-way around in waltz hold4;
original partners repeat the preceding sevens in and out  and half-house8;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  48.
All couples: lead around anticlockwise (to the right) holding inside (closest) hands12;
partners face and dance in-place without touching or turning4;
* At some sites, the preceding patterns are danced in eight bars of music (six for the first
   line and two for the second line). Further, during the dance in-place some continue
   holding hands.
swing in waltz hold8;
Top couples: ladies chain8;
little Christmas6; reverse to-place2.
Side couples: ladies chain8;
little Christmas6; reverse to-place2.
All couples: face and dance in-place without touching or turning4;
swing in waltz hold4.
    FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (184 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" with weight on the leading foot, dance sevens to opposite and to home with
          gents back-to-back both times8;
house around each other in waltz hold8;
ladies chain8;
little Christmas6; reverse to-place2.   REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER"
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  32.
All couples: change partners:  take crossed-hands (rights on top) with corner partner2;
          dance clockwise one and one-half times in-place and end with the lady
          in her original next position on the right (that is, turning partners
          change places)6;
Top couples: gents and new partner repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  through    REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER" 32.
Side couples: gents and new partner repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  through    REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER" 32.
All couples: change partners:  take crossed-hands (rights on top) with corner partner2;
          dance clockwise one and one-half times in-place and end with the lady
          in her original home (that is, turning partners again change places)6;
dance to original partner2; swing in waltz hold6;
while sides right-arm-hook around twice in-place -- top ladies chain8;
while tops right-arm-hook around twice in-place -- side ladies chain8;
dance to face partners at home2; swing in waltz hold6.
    FIGURE 3 -- REELS (184 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel step (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: take hands in a circle and lead around clockwise (dance in file with each dancer
          facing the back of another dancer)4;
still holding hands in a circle, dance in file anticlockwise4;
repeat the two preceding patterns -- except begin anticlockwise (that is, dance
           right then left)8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" dance sevens in and out once in waltz hold4;
still in waltz hold, house to opposite dancing two clockwise revolutions4;
repeat the two preceding patterns to return home8;
ladies dance to the next gent on the right; grasp right hands (or forearms) and
          turn (dance) one and one-half times clockwise in-place8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   three times (as new partners each time) to home72.
swing in waltz hold as original partners8;
take hands in a circle and dance in file clockwise as above4:
still holding hands in a circle, dance in file anticlockwise as above4;
repeat the two preceding patterns -- except begin anticlockwise as above8;
chain:  gents dance anticlockwise and ladies dance clockwise; beginning
          with original partners, give open hands (palm-to-palm) at
          shoulder-height; keeping hand-contact, dance one complete
          turn with each dancer (alternate turns clockwise then anticlockwise)32;
swing in waltz hold8.

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