LUSMAGH  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set originated in County Offaly, Ireland.
    Swing in ceili hold (two revolutions in four bars and four revolutions in eight bars).
    Ladies chain:  After giving right hands at waist-level in the center, ladies take
              left-hand-in-left at waist-level with the opposite gent and they dance around one
              another (low follow);  ladies do not chain with one another when crossing to home;
              original partners take right-hand-in-right and they take an across-the-shoulder hold
              as in Figure 1.
    Steps:   Dance an ordinary polka step for Figure 4  ( down-2-3 ) and ordinary reel steps
              for Figures 1 through 3  ( lift-2-3-4  and  step, step, 3-4-5  for the advance
              and retire pattern).
    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 a workshop taught by Tony Ryan at Ellenville, New
              York USA on October 29, 2005.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (136 BARS)
Dance ordinary reel steps (lift-2-3-4 and step, step, 3-4-5).
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" pass through, with ladies in the center, and turn toward one another
          to-place at opposite4;
pass through as above except take right-hand-in-right immediately after
          having passed in the center; as original partners dance anticlockwise
          to-place, they raise right hands to the lady’s right shoulder (that is,
          hands are raised from waist-level to the shoulder during the turn
          to-place); do not hold left hands4;
advance and retire once (step, step, 3-4-5)4;
lead around anticlockwise to opposite4;
repeat the preceding TWO lines to home8;
bring right hands up/off the lady’s shoulder and swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    32.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    32.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    except all couples swing finally32.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- REELS (104 BARS)
Dance ordinary reel steps (lift-2-3-4 and step, step, 3-4-5).
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" advance to the center and take left forearms with opposite partners; 
          dance anticlockwise to face respective homes4;
just before releasing left arms, original partners take right-hand-in-right at the
          lady’s shoulder as in Figure 1 and lead around anticlockwise
          to opposite4;
advance and retire once4;
lead around anticlockwise to home4;
still holding right-hand-in-right at the lady’s shoulder, advance and retire once4;
bring right hands up/off the lady’s shoulder and swing in ceili hold4.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    24.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    24.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    except all couples swing finally24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (104 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel step (lift-2-3-4).
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain; gents face-in as original couples take right hands and ladies
          turn anticlockwise to a right-hands-across-the-lady’s-shoulder hold8;
lead around anticlockwise8;
bring right hands up/off the lady’s shoulder and swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    24.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    24.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    except all couples swing finally24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (80 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" holding right hands at the lady’s shoulder, lead around anticlockwise8;
still holding right hands at the lady’s shoulder, advance and retire once4;
still holding right hands at the lady’s shoulder, lead around anticlockwise
          to opposite4;
repeat the preceding THREE lines to home8;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32;
big Christmas8.

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