DURROW  THRESHING  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Laois, Ireland.
    Chain:  Low follow   With a waist-level hold for all contacts, ladies first take right
              hands in the center and dance on to the opposite gent (who has danced into his
              partner's position); partners take left hands and dance anticlockwise around one
              another (no arch); ladies dance to home without chaining in the center.
              Note the added turn in Figure Two.
    Swing in ceili hold.
    Steps:  Dance two threes forward (for lead around and advance) or backward (for
              retire) then dance two threes on-the-spot.  Dance the latter with a down on the
              inside foot then a heel-toe-heel-toe-heel-toe batter with the outside foot;
              repeat the down and batter.
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Bar counts (quantities of measures) for 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 right of the first top couple.
    Documentation is based upon workshops taught by Patrick O'Dea (Buffalo, New York
              USA, April 29, 2000) and Mick Mulkerrin (Cape May, New Jersey USA,
              October 4, 1997).
    Edition of November 12, 2006 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (184 BARS)
Dance a down jig (down-2-3) and the steps shown in the heading.
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, right-hand-in-right, dancing the steps at each position16.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around, anticlockwise, right-hand-in right (hands held high), turning the
          lady, at each position (ladies should dance ahead of gents)8;
advance and retire once, dancing the steps in the center and at home8;
gents give left hands in the center and take partner's right hand in-front and
          lead around, anticlockwise, turning the lady with a sweeping movement
          at each position; (the sweeping movement perhaps resembles the arc of a
          threshing tool being used to harvest crops); start the arc at waist-level
          each time; ladies dance the steps while turning and gents dance
          the steps in-place16;
swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   40.
All couples: repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER" except all couples swing to end the figure64.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (136 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" house each other in waltz hold8;
ladies chain; original partners also turn around one another at home if the
          lady swings next in the center8;
first top gent and second top lady dance to the center and swing in ceili hold,
          ending facing home positions6; dance to original partners2;
swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER" , with first side gent and second side lady leading32.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER" , with second top gent and first top lady leading32.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER" , with second side gent and first side lady leading and
          all swing to end the figure32.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- POLKAS (264 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" house each other in waltz hold8;
arch and pass-through to opposite and to home; holding inside hands, the first
          top couple forms an arch for the second top couple to pass under, with
          the lady leading for all passes-under; at the opposite side of the set,
          partners turn-in to one another and take the other inside hands; the
          second top couple forms the arch for the first top couple to pass-under8;
ladies chain8;
second top couple swing across and leave the lady beside the first top man
           the first top gent takes the ladies' outside hands at their shoulders as both
           face into the set; the second top gent takes the ladies' inside hands8;
trio-and-one cross2;
second top gent pulls the ladies' hands up as he takes the across-the-shoulders
          hold and the first top gent takes the ladies' inside hands2;
trio-and-one cross2; turn the ladies  out  to a circle-of-four, with ladies' hands
          on the gents’ shoulders2;
little Christmas8;
ladies chain8.
swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  with the second side couple swinging across64.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  with the first top side couple swinging across64.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  with the first side couple swinging across and all swing to
          end the figure64.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- HORNPIPES (152 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary hornpipe step (lift-2-3-4).
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" house to opposite in waltz hold2; double to home2; gents crossover left-
          shoulder-to-left (no turning)2; clap then stamp (two quicks, two slows
          for both) facing the opposite partner2;
as new partners, repeat the preceding eight bars8;
repeat the preceding sixteen bars16;
as original partners, house to opposite2; double to home  note the dance
          pattern of these three lines ends halfway through an eight-bar phrase
          of music2.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   36.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   36.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   36.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- POLKAS (144 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" house each other in waltz hold8;
All couples: REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER" advance and retire twice, interlacing, in open waltz hold;
          top couples begin and side couples begin two bars later8;
Top couples: crossover anticlockwise in open waltz hold4;
Side couples: crossover anticlockwise in open waltz hold4;
All couples: repeat  from  REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER"  16.
ladies interlacing chain  top ladies chain and side ladies begin to chain
          two bars later8;
back the lady quarterhouse :  reverse the lady to the first right corner-
          extended (square out to the side from the starting position)2; dance
          one clockwise turn to the next position on the right2; repeat the square
          out and turn to-place three times to reach home positions12;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side ladies beginning the interlacing chain64;
swing in ceili hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 6 -- JIGS (152 BARS)   
Dance a down jig (down-2-3) and the steps shown in the heading and below.
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice, dancing the steps going in;
          dancing out, dance down (gents right, ladies, left) and the other foot
          up/across in front then other foot up/across in front then down one,
          down two; on the second retire, end with down one, down two,
          down three (that is, step, step, step)8;
swing in ceili hold8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise, right-hand-in-right, with the gents dancing the steps
          and turning the lady with a sweeping movement at each position as
          in Figure One; (however, the turn the lady is sometimes omitted
          in Figure Six)16;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice as above and ladies dance
          to the next gent on the right on the final two bars8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   until original partners swing96.

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