MAYO  LANCERS  SET
        2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Mayo, Ireland.
    File Around:   All face anticlockwise with ladies in front of gents (single file in a
              circle); dance no-touch until the final two bars;  ladies reach over the right
              shoulder with the right hand and partners take right hands; turn-the-lady
              clockwise to face in-place.
    Bundle of Fun (Christmas):  Ladies place hands on the gents’ shoulders and gents
              place arms on the ladies’ waists and all swing clockwise for eight bars.
    Swing in elbow ceili hold:   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.
    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 Pat Murphy at Milwaukee,
              Wisconsin USA in August 1998.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (72 BARS)   Ladies Chain-Around
Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: file around anticlockwise (see heading)6;
take right hands and turn the lady clockwise to face one another2;
swing in elbow ceili hold (see heading)8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain around one another in center with a right-forearm-hold (one
          clockwise revolution)6; chain around partner left-hand-to-left to-place2;
house around each other in waltz hold8.
All couples: swing in elbow ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (152 BARS)   Square
Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: file around anticlockwise6;
take right hands and turn the lady clockwise to face one another2;
swing in elbow ceili hold8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain around one another in center with a right-forearm-hold (one
          clockwise revolution)6; chain around partner left-hand-to-left to-place2;
square the set (pass through twice)  --  no touch, pass oncoming dancer
          right-shoulder-to-right, left-shoulder-to-left, right-shoulder-to-right
          then left-shoulder-to-left8.
All couples: swing the corner partner in elbow ceili8;
turn clockwise to home2; swing original partner in elbow ceili6.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (120 BARS)   Lines
Dance ordinary reel steps (lift-2-3-4 and step, step, 3-4-5).
All couples: file around anticlockwise6;
take right hands and turn the lady clockwise to face one another2;
swing in elbow ceili hold8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain around one another in center with a right-forearm-hold (one
          clockwise revolution)6; chain around partner left-hand-to-left, separate
          and line-up with side couples (gents dance left, ladies  right)2;
Lines: holding closest hands, advance and retire twice (step, step, 3-4-5);
          leading couples do not retire but dance in-place on the final four bars8.
All couples: swing original partner in elbow ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (120 BARS)    Poigin (Kiss)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
All couples: file around anticlockwise6;
take right hands and turn the lady clockwise to face one another2;
swing in elbow ceili hold8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain around one another in center with a right-forearm-hold (one
          clockwise revolution)6; chain around partner left-hand-to-left to-place2;
advance and retire twice and partners do not touch but rather keep hands at
          back; kiss the opposite dancer on the second advance8.
All couples: swing original partner in elbow ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- FLINGS (88 BARS)    Fling
Dance an ordinary fling step (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: dance at home8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" gents take closest hands (no crossed hands) of their partner and the lady
          on their left;  trios and the solo gents dance the patterns; all, with
          weight on the left foot, dance toe-heel-toe-lift with the right foot1;
          dance 1-2-3 to the right ending with weight on the right foot1;
          repeat the pattern to the left2;
          repeat the pattern to the right2;
          repeat the pattern to the left2;
gents raise right arms to form an arch; the visiting lady dances under to home
          while the solo gents dance clockwise once in-place; top gents follow
          the visiting lady under the arch and all dance to-place beside their
          own partner4.
All couples: dance at home, turning the lady under-the-finger clockwise twice,
          right-hand-in-right; turn the new visiting lady toward the next dancing
          trio on the final portion of the final turn4.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   16.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32;
full house in waltz hold, doubling the final two bars8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 6 -- JIGS (88 BARS)   Bundles of Fun
Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: file around anticlockwise6;
take right hands and turn the lady clockwise to face one another2;
swing in elbow ceili hold8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" they and the couple on their right :
          house around each other in waltz hold8;
          ladies chain around one another in the corner with a right-forearm-hold
          (one clockwise revolution)6; chain around partner left-hand-to-left
          to-place2; bundle of fun (little Christmas)6; reverse to place and take
          waltz hold2.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
All couples: full house in waltz hold8;
big bundle of fun (big Christmas) with only one clockwise revolution8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 7 -- JIGS (88 BARS)    Sevens
Dance ordinary jig steps (down-2-3 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7).
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" in waltz hold, with beginning weight on the leading foot, dance sevens
          (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) to the center and two bars (threes) in-place4;
repeat sevens and threes to-place at home4;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
square the house anticlockwise; dance sevens and two threes to each
          position on the right; turn one-quarter anticlockwise to face the next
          during the threes16;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   40.

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