FERMANAGH  SET
             2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from Counties Kildare and Cavan, Ireland.
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Steps:  for the Polka Figures, dance a gentle (low-to-the-floor) battering
               step of 1 and 2 and 1-2-3 (batter-in, batter-out);  for the Reel and Hornpipe
               Figures, dance an ordinary step, step, 1-2-3 when advancing and retiring
               and lift-2-3-4 otherwise.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    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.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Mary Fox at Milwaukee,
              Wisconsin USA, August 2004.
    Edition of December 19, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (112 BARS)  RAKE THE FIRE
All couples: advance and retire once, in waltz hold (not a slide-step)4;
house half-way around (to opposite) in waltz hold4;
advance and retire once, in waltz hold as above4;
house half-way around (to home)4;
advance and retire once4; swing in waltz hold (two revolutions)4.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire once in waltz hold4;
pass through, with ladies in the middle, and dance right-shoulder-to-right to place4;
Side couples: dance the two lines above8;
All couples: gents chain :
          with waist-height hold for all chain contacts,  top gents face left and
          side gents face right and begin right-hand-in-right; give left hands to
          and dance around the side lady; gents give right hands to one another
          then left hands to original partner, bow and turn for an anticlockwise lead
          around; keep holding left hands in-front, take right hands at the lady’s
          waist (gent’s right arm around the lady’s back)8;
lead around to home4;
dance one anticlockwise turn in-place, maintaining the lead around hold4;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"    -- side gents face left and tops face right to begin the chain40.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (168 BARS)  SADDLE THE PONY
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire once, in waltz hold4; house half-way around4;
advance and retire once4; house half-way around4;
advance and retire once4; swing (two revolutions)4.
All couples: ladies:   pinwheel (star) clockwise with the right hand4 then anticlockwise
          with the left hand and dance inside the set to the next gent on the right4;
swing new partner in waltz hold8.
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners swing120.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (128 BARS)  STEAL THE LADY
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, in open waltz hold8;
REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire, in open waltz hold, twice and top gents steal the lady
          on their left (left arm at her waist, behind) on the last retire8.
Trios: advance and retire once, in open waltz hold4.
All ladies: square to the center, passing right-shoulder-to-right2;
square to and turn-in to end beside the solo gent, passing right-shoulder-to-right
         (gent places arms at ladies’ back)2.
New Trios: advance and retire once, in open waltz hold4.
All ladies: square to the center, passing right-shoulder-to-right2;
square to and turn-in to end beside original partner, passing right-shoulder-to-right
         and take waltz hold2.
All couples: dance at home in waltz hold (two revolutions)8;
star :  top couples face left and side couples face right for a pinwheel with right
         hands2; while continuing to dance clockwise for the next six bars, all
         place left hands in the center to form two hand-holding rings, gents to
         gents and ladies to ladies, with gents hands on top and with both rings
         having uncrossed hands2; gents sweep (raise) joined-hands over the
         ladies' heads and place them at the ladies' waists2; ladies sweep
         joined-hands over the gents’ heads and place them on the gents’
         shoulders2; couples should dance one complete revolution during the
         star of eight bars.
little Christmas6; reverse to home2;
swing original partners at home in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"    56.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- HORNPIPES (112 BARS)  ROCK THE CRADLE
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" sevens in and out once, in waltz hold (1-2-3-4-5-6-7, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 with
          beginning weight on the trailing foot)4;
dance in-place (or slightly in and out), still in waltz hold2;
double to the next position on the right2;
repeat the four lines above to reach respective homes24;
full house, in waltz hold8;
lead around half-way in open waltz hold4;
gents only dance to home as ladies dance two clockwise turns in-place4.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   to re-establish original partners48.
full house in waltz hold, doubling the final two bars8.

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