MEALAGH  VALLEY  JIG  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Cork, Ireland.  The set is also known as the WEST CORK PLAIN
             and the WEST CORK QUADRILLE.                 
    Ladies Chain:  Ladies grasp right forearms in the center and dance on to the opposite
              gent (who has danced into his partner's position); couples grasp left forearms
              and dance anticlockwise around one another (no arch); ladies do not chain
              when dancing to home.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    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.
    First side couple is on the left of the first top couple.
    Documentation is based upon a video workshop led by Timmy (The Brit) McCarthy.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (72 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step--down 2-3.
ADVANCE AND RETIRESWINGLADIES CHAINSWING
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire twice in open waltz hold8;
swing in waltz hold8;
ladies chain (see heading)8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (56 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step--down 2-3.
ADVANCE AND RETIREHOUSE HALF-WAYSWING
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire once in open-waltz hold4;
in waltz hold, house halfway around to opposite4;
repeat the preceding eight bars to home8;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 --  JIGS (136 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary jig step--down 2-3.
OPPOSITES SWING IN CENTERCROSSOVER
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" first top gent and second top lady advance to the center2; swing in waltz
           hold (two revolutions) and end with each dancer facing the opposite
           position4; reverse (dance backward) to-place2;
crossover anticlockwise, holding left hands in front and right hands at the lady's
          right shoulder4; still holding both hands, slowly turn-the-lady-under
          clockwise to-place at opposite4;
first top gent and second top lady (same couple as above) again advance
          to the center2; swing in waltz hold (two revolutions) and end with
          each dancer facing the opposite position4; reverse (dance
          backward) to-place2;
crossover anticlockwise, holding left hands in front and right hands at the lady's
          right shoulder4; still holding both hands, slowly turn-the-lady-under
          clockwise to-place at home4.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with second top gent/first top lady, first side gent/second
          side lady, then second side gent/first side lady leading96.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 --  JIGS (200 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary jig step--down 2-3.
LADIES CHAINSWINGSLIDE IN AND OUTONE TURN IN-PLACE
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies chain8;
swing in waltz hold8;
slide in and out once, in waltz hold, with no turns4;
dance one turn in-place2;
TRIO PLUS ONE (WHEELBARROW) ADVANCE, DANCE ON THE SPOT, RETIRE, ETC.
second top couple dance across and turn the lady clockwise beside the first top
          gent; the first top gent takes both ladies' outside hands across-the-
          shoulders and the second top gent holds the ladies’ inside hands in front4;
          advance (solo gent dances backward)2; dance on-the-spot2;  retire
          (solo gent dances forward)2; dance on-the-spot and pull the ladies’ inside
          hands to other gent’s across-the-shoulders hold2; advance as above2;
          dance on-the-spot2;  dance on-the-spot and pull the ladies’ inside hands
          to a circle-of-four2;
LITTLE CHRISTMAS
little Christmas; when tops repeat, they reverse to place on the final two bars to
          clear the center for the side couples initial ladies chain8.
All couples:

repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with second top gent, first side gent then second side

          gent leading (dancing in the trio first); end the figure with side couples in
          the center following the final little Christmas144.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- JIGS (96 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary jig step--down 2-3.
LEAD AROUNDSLIDE IN/OUTHOUSE HALF-WAYSLIDE IN/OUTHOUSE HALF-WAY
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise in open waltz hold8;
slide in and out once in waltz hold4;
house half-way around to opposite4;
slide in and out once in waltz hold4;
house half-way around to home4;
LADIES PINWHEEL TO OPPOSITEHOOK-AROUND GENTPINWHEEL TO HOMESWING
ladies place right hands in the center (a pinwheel) and dance on to
          her opposite gent4; couples left-arm hook around (no arch)
          and ladies again grasp right hands in the center as they dance
          to home4;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   40;
lead around anticlockwise in open waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 6 -- POLKAS (232 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary polka step--down 2-3.
LEAD AROUNDHOP QUARTERHOUSEHOUSE
All couples: lead around anticlockwise holding crossed-hands (rights on top)6; form
          an arch with all four hands and the lady dances under the arch
          clockwise to-place (turn the lady under)2;
REPEAT "MARKER" hop quarterhouse in waltz hold: couples stamp or jump on heels and
          kick/lift the outside foot (gents’ right, ladies' left) toward the center of
          the set1; dance in-place1; dance clockwise to the next position on
          the right2; repeat the preceding four-bar pattern three times to reach
          home12;
house around the set, still in waltz hold8;
LADIES PINWHEEL AND CHANGE PARTNERSGENTS PINWHEELSWING
ladies pinwheel clockwise with the right hand3; change hands and
          direction1; pinwheel anticlockwise with the left hand and dance
          inside to the next position on the right4;
gents pinwheel clockwise with the right hand3; change hands and
          direction1; pinwheel anticlockwise with the left hand and dance
          to home to meet a new partner4;
swing new partner in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   three times144.
HOP QUARTERHOUSEHOUSE
original partners : 
          hop quarterhouse16;
          house around the set in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 6 Alternate -- POLKAS (264 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary polka step--down 2-3.
LEAD AROUNDHOP QUARTERHOUSEHOUSE
All couples: lead around anticlockwise holding crossed-hands (rights on top)6; form
          an arch with all four hands and the lady dances under the arch
          clockwise to-place (turn the lady under)2;
hop quarterhouse in waltz hold : couples stamp or jump on heels and
          kick/lift the outside foot (gents’ right, ladies' left) toward the center of
          the set1; dance in-place1; dance clockwise to the next position on
          the right2; repeat the preceding four-bar pattern three times to reach
          home12;
house around the set, still in waltz hold8;
LADIES PINWHEEL AND CHANGE PARTNERSGENTS PINWHEELSWING
ladies  pinwheel clockwise with the right hand3; change hands and
          direction1; pinwheel anticlockwise with the left hand and dance
          inside to the next position on the right4;
gents  pinwheel clockwise with the right hand3; change hands and
          direction1; pinwheel anticlockwise with the left hand and dance
          to home to meet a new partner4;
swing new partner in waltz  hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   three times168.
LEAD AROUNDHOP QUARTERHOUSEHOUSE
original partners : 
          lead around as above8;
          hop quarterhouse16;
          house around the set in waltz hold8.

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