KILDOWNET  HALF  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from Achill Island of Mayo County, Ireland.
    Swing in ceili hold in Figures 1 and 3 and in waltz hold in Figure 2;  swing for
             six bars and dance out the last two bars facing into the set.
    Chain:  With a waist-level hold for all contacts, ladies give right hands in the center
              and dance on to the opposite gent (who has danced to his partner's position);
              couples take left-hand-in-left and dance around one another (no arch); ladies
              do not chain on the way to home.
    Walkabout:  When all dance, turn to face anticlockwise and dance a box (square);
              take one long step (gents begin left foot, ladies begin right foot) and one short
              step; dance on-the-spot and turn to the face the next box-corner dancing 1-2-3,
              1-2-3, 1-2-3; gents begin the second and fourth long step with the right foot
              and ladies begin with the left foot.  Also, gents only crossover dancing the
              Walkabout step; they turn to-place instead of turning a box-corner.
    Step pattern:  Gents begin forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the
               right foot; the movements are danced as shown with each Figure and in the
               Walkabout above.
    First couple:    In this half set, the First couple begins with backs  to the music (as
              does First Top Couple in a full set).   However, if determined before the music
              starts, the couples orientation can be otherwise.  There is no First couple in the
              final figure.  All couples begin facing anticlockwise in a room-encircling ring
              (the line-of-dance).
    Final figure:  Dance anticlockwise non-progressively (no partner changes) in a
              room-encircling ring.  The figure is also know as the Achill Schottische
              (SHAT ish, SHAD ish or shah TEESH).
    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 workshops taught by Mick Mulkerrin at Ellenville,
            New York USA and at Malahide, Ireland.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (112 BARS)   Dance lift-2-3-4.
Both couples: advance and retire twice, holding crossed-hands in front (rights on top)8;
crossover clockwise (visit; with crossed-hands [rights on top]), dance forward
          to face the position on the left; dance backward to opposite; dance
          forward to the next position on the left; dance backward to home8;
swing in ceili hold8;
ladies chain8;
swing in ceili hold8;
first gent and second lady swing in center (2 bars in, swing in ceili hold4, reverse
          to home2)  while  first lady and second gent turn once in-place: turn by
          leading with the inside shoulder--ladies thus turn clockwise and gents
          turn anticlockwise8;
crossover visit as above8;
second gent and first lady then swing in center  while  second lady and first gent
          turn once in-place as above8;
crossover clockwise, visit as above8;
ladies chain to a circle-of-four:   at waist-height, give right hands in the center and
          dance to the opposite gent; couples dance around one another (holding left
          forearms); the gent keeps the lady's forearm and continues to sweep/turn
          her to his left into the little Christmas position8;
little Christmas6; reverse to-place2;
advance and retire twice, holding crossed-hands (rights on top)8;
swing in ceili hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (168 BARS)   Dance down-2-3 and as shown.
Both couples: house each other in waltz hold8;
walkabout (see heading)16;
swing in waltz hold8;
still in waltz hold, dance sevens (1-2-3-4-5-6-7, Mayo-style, with beginning
          weight on the leading foot) to opposite and to home; gents dance
           back-to-back to opposite and ladies dance back-to-back to home8;
house each other in waltz hold8;
dance sevens to opposite and to home again8;
house each other in waltz hold again8;
ladies chain8;
swing in waltz hold8;
gents crossover left-shoulder-to-left dancing the walkabout step;  (dance to
          the center 1, 2, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3 and bow to each other; dance the
          second long step to opposite 1, 2, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3 and turn
          anticlockwise to-place on the last 1-2-38;
New partners: swing in waltz hold8;
face and slide in and out, holding crossed-hands (1-2-1-2, 1-2-1-2)4;
pass through to ladies' opposite, ladies left-shoulder-to-left in the center with
          gents on the outside and all pass left-shoulder-to-left to place4;
face and slide in and out, holding crossed-hands4;
pass through to ladies' home, ladies left-shoulder-to-left in the center with
          gents on the outside and all pass left-shoulder-to-left to place4;
swing in waltz hold8;
gents crossover left-shoulder-to-left, again dancing the walkabout step8;
Old partners: swing in waltz hold8;
walkabout16;
house each other in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (144 BARS)   Dance lift-2-3-4.
Both couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise, holding crossed-hands in front6;
          turn the lady under clockwise with four hands2.
partners left-arm hook and dance around8;
swing in ceili hold8.
First couple: take sweetheart hold and advance and retire once as second couple stand
          holding right-hand-in-right at the lady's shoulder4;
advance and turn the lady out at second gent’s left.  Second gent take first
          lady's left hand at her left shoulder and first gent takes the ladies' inside
          hands for a wheelbarrow hold (middle gent holds ladies' outside hands
          and the solo gent holds the ladies' other hands underneath the trio's
          hand-holding)4;
trio-and-one advance and retire once4;
ladies cross left-shoulder-to-left and dance in beside the ladies' opposite man4;
New partners: swing in ceili hold8;
gents left-arm hook in center, doubling the last two bars, and dance in beside
          their own partner at the gents' opposite position8.
Both couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with the second couple leading56.
lead around anticlockwise, holding crossed-hands in front6;
          turn the lady under clockwise with both hands2.
partners left-arm hook and dance around8;
swing in ceili hold8.
 SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- FLINGS (Variable BARS) Dance as shown above.
REPEAT "MARKER" dance a five-step pattern four times (step, step, 3-4-5) :
         
Five-step : dance diagonally to the gent's left with the gent stepping on his left
          foot and the lady stepping backward on her right foot;
          rock-step with the gent's weight again on his right foot and lady's weight
          again on her left foot as the couple's feet are brought together1;
In-place : dance 1-2-3 in-place1;
          dance diagonally to the gent's right with the gent stepping on his right
          foot and the lady stepping backward on her left foot;
          rock-step with the gent's weight again on his left foot and lady's weight
          again on her right foot as  the couple's feet are brought together1;
In-place : dance 1-2-3 in-place1;
          repeat the ten lines above4;
House on : full house forward in the line-of-dance (lift-2-3-4)6; double2;
Repeat : repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  as desired.

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