FLIGHT  OF  THE  EARLS  SET
          2008   Larry E. Taylor
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    This set was composed February 9, 2006, by Jim Keenan.  The set is also known as
              the  LOUVAIN SET.
     All couples dance all the time during the set.  That is, couples only  stand   during the
              eight-bar introduction of each Figure.
    Swing in elbow ceili hold in Figures 1 and 3:   Partners grasp right thumbs at shoulder-
              height and place left hands under the right elbows;  position of feet and
              swing action are the same as those of the waltz, hug or ceili hold swing keep
              the ball of the right foot much like a pivot point and push around one another
              with the left foot.
    Swing in waltz hold in Figure 2.
    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.
    Documentation is based upon Mr. Keenan's notes and a video workshop led by Pat Murphy.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
     
    FIGURE 1 -- REELS (144 BARS)      BATTLE
Dance the ordinary reel step, lift-2-3-4, in a lively manner.
ADVANCE AND RETIREGENTS PINWHEEL THEN CHRISTMAS WHILE LADIES CHAIN
All couples: advance and retire twice, holding crossed hands in front (rights on top)8;
REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER" gentspinwheel clockwise dance while ladies chain:
          tops join right hands while sides also join right hands (tops over sides);
          end facing into the center in a circle of four8;
          little Christmas (still holding crossed-hands as above)6; retire to home2;
ladies:  chain around the set dance while gents pinwheel and little Christmas:
          tops dance clockwise and sides dance anticlockwise;
          give right hands and dance to the next position2;
          dance in-place2;
          give left hands and dance to the next position (opposite)2;
          dance in-place2;
          repeat the preceding eight bars to home8;
swing in elbow ceili hold (see heading)8.   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"
WITH LEFT COUPLES:  HOUSECHRISTMASPASS THROUGH
REPEAT "MARKER" tops and the couple on the left :
          house around each other, holding crossed hands (rights on top)6;
          form a circle of four2;
          little Christmas; the gents join left and right hands crossed in the center;
          the ladies grasp the gents' arms by bringing their hands under and up
          inside the gents' arms; the ladies thus hold their partner’s right arm with
          their left hand and the opposite gent's left arm with their right hand6;
          retire to-place2;
tops and the couple on the left continue to dance :
          pass through (ladies on the inside, left-shoulder-to-left) then partners
          pass left-shoulder-to-left shoulder to-place (gents turn clockwise and
          ladies turn anticlockwise when dancing to-place)4;
          repeat the preceding  pass through  and  dance to-place  at home4.
SWINGREPEAT MULTIPLE PATTERNS
All couples: swing in elbow ceili hold8.   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"    through   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER" except sides dance with the couple on the left32;
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"    through  REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER" 24;
ADVANCE AND RETIREFULL HOUSE
advance and retire twice, holding crossed hands in front (rights on top)8;
full house, holding crossed hands (rights on top)8.
    FIGURE 2 -- REELS (192 BARS)     THE JOURNEY
Dance both the ordinary reel steps, lift-2-3-4, and sevens,
          1-2-3-4-5-6-7, in a lively manner.
LEAD AROUNDLEAD BACKSWINGCHAINDANCE AT HOME
All couples: lead around holding crossed hands in front (rights on top)6;
dance to face the opposite direction (pivot, keep hands at waist level, gents
          remain inside the set)2;
lead around to home; partners face with gent still inside the set8;
swing in waltz hold8;
chain around the set; begin right-in-right with partner and gents dance
          anticlockwise and ladies dance clockwise12;
dance at home in waltz hold (one revolution)4;
SEVENS SQUARE HOUSEHOUSELADIES, GENTS PINWHEEL & CHANGE PARTNERSSWING
REPEAT "MARKER" dance sevens square around the house:
          in waltz hold, with gents facing out of the set, dance to the first
          position on the right2;
          turn clockwise so gents then face into the set and dance sevens
          to the next position on the right (opposites)2;
          repeat the preceding four bars to home4;
full house in waltz hold8;
as gents dance in-place, ladies give right hands at shoulder height in the center
          and pinwheel clockwise three quarters of the way around the set4;
as ladies dance in-place, gents give left hands at shoulder height in the center
          and pinwheel anticlockwise to home4;
swing in waltz hold as new partners8;
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners swing96;
CHAINDANCE AT HOME
chain around the set; begin right-hand-in-right-hand with partner; gents
          dance anticlockwise and ladies dance clockwise12;
dance at home in waltz hold (one revolution)4;
    FIGURE 3 -- JIGS (144 BARS)     LOUVAIN / LEUVEN
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
ADVANCE AND RETIRE IN A CIRCLESWING
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
HALF-HOUSEADVANCE AND RETIREHOUSE
take crossed hands (rights on top); non-crossing couples dance in-place;
          top couples house anticlockwise to opposite (change places)4;
          side couples house anticlockwise to opposite (change places)4;
          repeat the preceding half-houses to home8;
still holding crossed hands, the non-advancing couples dance in-place;
          top couples advance and retire once4;
          side couples advance and retire once4;
          repeat the preceding advances and retires8;
full house, still holding crossed hands8;
ADVANCE AND RETIRE IN A CIRCLESWING
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
HOUSELADIES CHAINHOUSE
take crossed hands; non-housing couples house at home (two revolutions);
          top couples house around each other8;
          side couples house around each other8;
non-chaining couples take crossed hands and house at home (two revolutions);
          top ladies chain; ladies give right hands at waist-level then dance to and
                    give left hands to the opposite gent and dance around him; gents
                    turn with the lady (no arch) and the ladies give right hands in the
                    center as they dance to home8;
          side ladies chain as above8;
full house, holding crossed hands8;
ADVANCE AND RETIRE IN A CIRCLESWINGHOUSE
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
full house, holding crossed hands8.
    FIGURE 4 -- HORNPIPES (192 BARS)     THE DIASPORA
Dance both the ordinary hornpipe step, lift-2-3-4, and sevens,
          1-2-3-4-5-6-7, in a smooth, flat style.
SEVENS IN AND OUTDANCE AT HOME
All couples: dance sevens in and out of the set once, in waltz hold4;
dance at home (still in waltz hold, one revolution)4;
LONG BODYHIGH GATES AND CHANGE PARTNERS
REPEAT "MARKER" in waltz hold :
          dance sevens in and out of the set once4;
          dance to the next position on the right making two revolutions4;
          repeat the preceding patterns three times to home24;
high gates and change partners [under-the-arch order: partner, visitor, partner] :
          top couples take inside hands and the gent takes the side lady's right
          hand in his left hand; gent and side lady form and arch and the top lady
          dances under and the gent follows; top couples form an arch and the
          side lady dances under and the gent follows; gent and side lady again form
          an arch and the top lady dances under but the gent does not follow;
          top lady dances to-place beside the side gent and the side lady dances
          to-place beside the top gent (ladies change partners)8;
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"    except side couples, then the top couples then the side
           couples lead at the  high gates and partner change120;
SEVENS IN AND OUTDANCE AT HOMEHOUSE
dance sevens in and out of the set once, in waltz hold4;
dance at home (still in waltz hold, one revolution)4;
full house in waltz hold6; double the last two bars2.

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