CUIRASSIERS  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

GO TO DOCUMENTATION INDEX PAGE

    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Side step:  dance 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (sevens) to the side using two bars of music.
              The side step is sometimes combined with threes; that is, following the sevens step,
              dance in-place using two bars of music (down-2-3, down-2-3).  The sevens/threes
              pattern is danced in far more ceili dances than set dances.
    Bar counts for dance patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar-count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    First Side couple is on the left of the first top couple.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    Documentation is based upon a posting at www.setdance.com; certain bar-counts
              have been corrected for the edition below.
    Edition of November 21, 2008  Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
    FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (112 BARS)  
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3) and as shown.
LEAD AROUNDSWING
All couples: lead around anticlockwise; the gent places his right hand behind and takes
          the lady’s right hand at her waist and they hold left hands in front
          of the gent's chest6;
          release right hands and raise the left hands to form an arch; the lady
          dances clockwise under the arch as both dance to-place at home2;
swing in waltz hold8.
PASS THROUGH
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" pass through (first tops in the middle, holding inside hands), turn
           clockwise to-place and take the lead around hold above4.
Side couples: repeat the preceding pass through with first side holding inside hands4.
LEAD AROUNDADVANCE & RETIREDANCE IN-PLACETURN IN-PLACESWING
All couples: lead around anticlockwise to home4;
still retaining the lead around hold, dance one anticlockwise turn in-place4;
ladies advance and retire once, without touching or turning4;
gents  advance and retire once, without touching or turning4;
partners face one another, take uncrossed hands and dance in-place, dancing
          down-up, down up four times; the lady stamps on the right foot and
          raises her left foot in front then repeats with the opposite feet; the gent
          stamps on the left foot and raises his right foot in front then repeats with
          the opposite feet4;
partners, standing right-hip-to-right-hip, holding hands outstretched at
          shoulder-height and looking into one another's eyes, dance one
          clockwise turn in-place4;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with first side beginning the pass through40.
FULL HOUSE TO END THE FIGURE
All couples: full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (160 BARS)
Dance ordinary polka steps (down-2-3 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7) and as shown.
LEAD AROUNDSWING
All couples: lead around and turn to-place as in Figure One8;
swing in waltz hold8.
LEAD AROUNDDANCE WITH SIDE COUPLESSWING
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" ladies side step (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) to face the couple on the right2;
trio take hands in a circle and dance down-up twice as above2;
trio, still holding hands, dance one clockwise turn; drop hands and the top
          ladies continue dancing to face the next position on the right (her
          original opposite gent)4;
new top couples take uncrossed hands and dance down-up, down up four
          times as above4:
          still holding uncrossed hands, dance one clockwise turn, ending with
          ladies on the gent's right side4;
first top lady and second top gent advance and retire once, holding inside hands4;
new top couples:
          advance holding inside hands; drop hands then take original partner's
          hand (gent takes partner's left hand in his right hand)2;
          form an arch; as the gent retires, the lady dances anticlockwise under the
          arch as partners end in-place at their original home2.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side couples, top couples then side couples leading96;
FULL HOUSE TO END THE FIGURE
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 3 -- JIGS (192 BARS)
Dance ordinary polka steps (down-2-3 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7) and as shown.
LEAD AROUNDSWING
All couples: lead around and turn to-place as in Figure One8;
swing in waltz hold8.
LADIES PINWHEEL AS GENTS FILE AROUND
REPEAT  "MARKER" all ladies give right hands in the center and pinwheel clockwise to home;
while ladies star, gents dance in file anticlockwise around the set to home8;
partners face one another, take uncrossed hands and dance in-place, dancing
          down-up, down up four times as in Figure One4;
partners turn in-place clockwise as in Figure One (hip-to-hip, arms out, etc.)4;
OPPOSITE PARTNERS DANCE IN THE CENTERALL THEN DANCE IN-PLACE
Top couples: first top lady and second top gent : 
          dance anticlockwise around one another :   they face one another only
          briefly while in the other's place at opposite before continuing to home8;
          dance back-to-back :  dance in passing right-shoulder-to-right in the center;
          dance to the side; reverse to-place passing left-shoulder-left8;
All couples: repeat the down-up, down-up four times and turn in-place as above8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with first side lady/second side gent, second top lady/first top
          gent then second side lady/first side gent leading120;
FULL HOUSE TO END THE FIGURE
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (192 BARS)
Dance ordinary polka steps (down-2-3 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7) and as shown.
LEAD AROUNDSWING
All couples: lead around and turn to-place as in Figure One8;
swing in waltz hold8;
PARTNERS SIDE STEP TWICELADIES THEN GENTS ADVANCE AND RETIRE
REPEAT  "MARKER" partners side step (sevens and threes, out and return) while facing into the set8;
(The preceding pattern is also called exchange sevens/threes since partners cross
          one another twice (change places); the partner dancing to the right dances
          to the rear of his/her partner.)
Top couples: ladies  advance  left-shoulder-to-left-shoulder  then retire4;
gents advance right-shoulder-to-right-shoulder then retire4;
ALL SIDE STEP TO OPPOSITELEAD AROUND TO HOMESWING
All couples: side step to opposite :
          ladies dance to the next position on the right, ending in front of the gent2;
          while ladies dance in-place, gents dance to the next position on the right,
          ending in front of the lady2;
          repeat the preceding four bars, ending in the lead around hold
          of Figure One4;
lead around anticlockwise to home4;
dance one anticlockwise turn in-place, still in lead around hold4;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side couples, top couples then side couples again leading120;
FULL HOUSE TO END THE FIGURE
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 5 -- POLKAS (168 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
LEAD AROUNDSWING
All couples: lead around and turn to-place as in Figure One8;
swing in waltz hold8.
OPPOSITE COUPLES DANCE TOGETHERSIDE STEP
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" holding inside hands, first top couple advance, retire and advance; ladies turn
          anticlockwise to face each other as gents also face each other8;
partners facing opposite partner, with uncrossed hands dance in-place, dancing
          down-up, down up four times as above (dance near set-center)4;
          form an arch; as couples retire, the lady dances anticlockwise under the
          arch as partners end in-place at their original home4.
All couples: simultaneously dance sidesteps away/back and pass throughs/line-ups :
Side couples:           sevens and threes away from partner (out gents dance left/ladies
:           dance right and return gents dance right/ladies dance left;
Top couples:           while sides are dancing the preceding, dance between the couple on the
          right holding inside hands; continue dancing clockwise and end in a line,
          holding inside hands, at the left of the side gent8;
LINES FORM CIRCLE OF FOURSIDE STEP
Both lines: advance and form a circle-of-four (also holding inside hands)4;
Circle: dance sevens/threes clockwise to the position left of original positions4;
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side couples leading from first top position32;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with top   couples leading from first top position32;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side couples leading from first top position32;
swing original partner in waltz hold8;
FULL HOUSE TO END THE FIGURE
full house in waltz hold8.

                                                GO TO THE TOP OF THIS PAGE        GO TO DOCUMENTATION INDEX PAGE

F I R S T    S I D E    I S    L E F T.