NEWMARKET  PLAIN  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Cork, Ireland. 
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Side step:  dance 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (sevens) to the side using two bars of music.
              The side step is sometimes combined with threes; that is, following the sevens step,
              dance in-place using two bars of music (down-2-3, down-2-3).  The sevens/threes
              pattern is danced in far more ceili dances than set dances.
    Bar counts for dance 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.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
    FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (280 BARS)  
Dance ordinary polka steps (down-2-3 and 1-2, 1-2).
All couples: lead around anticlockwise three-quarters, holding crossed hands (rights on top),
          ending with the gents’ backs to the center8; take waltz hold and
          slide to the corner (1-2, 1-2), turning on the last bar so gents face-in2;
          slide to home, still in waltz hold2;
          dance at home still in waltz hold (one clockwise revolution)4.
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER"  first top couple house inside the set in waltz hold8;
both couples advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
ladies crossover (change places) passing right-shoulder-to-right and turn
          clockwise to-place2;
gents crossover (change places) passing left-shoulder-to-left and turn
          anticlockwise to-place2;
swing in waltz hold at opposite8;
both couples again advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
ladies then gents crossover (change places) as above4;
swing in waltz hold at home8;
ladies chain :
          ladies give right hands in the center at waist-height then dance on to the
          opposite gent (who has danced into his partner's place); couples take
          left forearms (no arch) and dance around one another anticlockwise twice;
          ladies do not chain when dancing right-shoulder-to-right to home8.
swing in waltz hold8;
still in waltz hold, slide (1-2, 1-2) to the position on the right and turn
          one-quarter anticlockwise2; slide to opposite (half-diamond)2;
house to home in waltz hold4.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second top couple, first side couple then second side
          couple leading192.
    FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (216 BARS)
Dance ordinary polka steps (down-2-3 and 1-2, 1-2).
All couples: lead around anticlockwise three-quarters, square to home and dance at home
          as in Figure One16.
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" first top couple house inside the set in waltz hold8;
both couples advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
cross anticlockwise to opposite, turning the lady twice clockwise under-the-
          finger (lady leads), right-hand-in-right4;
swing in waltz hold at opposite8;
repeat the preceding advance and retire, crossover to home and swing16;
slide the half-diamond pattern as in Figure One4;
house to home in waltz hold4.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second top couple, first side couple then second side
          couple leading144.
    FIGURE 3 -- POLKAS (280 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
All couples: lead around anticlockwise three-quarters, square to home and dance at home
          as in Figure One16.
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER"  first top couple house inside the set in waltz hold8;
first top gent and second top lady advance to the center2; swing in waltz hold4;
           reverse to-place2;
both couples advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
cross anticlockwise to opposite, turning the lady twice clockwise under-the-
          finger (lady leads), right-hand-in-right as in Figure Two4;
swing in waltz hold at opposite8;
first top gent and second top lady dance clockwise around each other (end with
          backs to home), bow to one another as they reverse to-place8;
both couples again advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
cross anticlockwise to home, turning the lady twice clockwise under-the-
          finger (lady leads), right-hand-in-right as in Figure Two4;
swing in waltz hold at home8;
slide the half-diamond pattern as in Figure One4;
house to home in waltz hold4.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second top couple, first side couple then second side
          couple leading192.
    FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (216 BARS)
Dance an ordinary hornpipe step (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: lead around anticlockwise three-quarters, square to home and dance at home
          as in Figure One16.
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER"  first top couple house inside the set in waltz hold8;
crown the lady (form a circle of four after advancing and retiring) :
          advance to the center right hand in right2;
          first top lady joins second top and both ladies face the gent and the trio
          hold inside hands; trio dances (retires) to the second top position
          and the first top gent retires alone2; the first top gent and the
          trio advance and ladies turn in toward second top gent to face each other,
          giving free hands underneath to first top gent2; first top gent pulls the ladies'
          toward him as they turn and all bring hands in the air over the ladies' heads2;
little Christmas with ladies' hands on the gents' shoulders8;
ladies chain as in Figure One8;
swing in waltz hold8;
slide the half-diamond pattern as in Figure One4;
house to home in waltz hold4.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second top couple, first side couple then second side
          couple leading144.
    FIGURE 5 -- SLIDES (200 BARS)
Dance ordinary polka/slide steps (down-2-3 and 1-2, 1-2).
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" slide the half-diamond pattern as in Figure One4;
house to home in waltz hold4;
slide in and out once in waltz hold (1-2-1-2, 1-2-1-2)4;
house to opposite, still in waltz hold4;
slide in/out once, still in waltz hold4; house to home4.
repeat the preceding slide/change/house8;
slide the half-diamond pattern as in Figure One4;
house to home in waltz hold4;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   48.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   48.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   48.
    FIGURE 6 -- HORNPIPES (160 BARS)
Dance ordinary hornpipe steps (lift-2-3-4 and in-2-3, out-2-3).
All couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" quarterhouse (body, in-out-around) in waltz hold16;
full house in waltz hold8;
without touching, all dance in and out (In23, Out23, In23, etc.); as gents dance
          in on the seventh bar, ladies dance to the next position on the right8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   until original partners again full house120.
    FIGURE 7 -- REELS (120 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise holding crossed hands (rights on top)6;
          form double-armed arches and the lady dances clockwise under the
          arches as both end in-place at home that is, turn the lady under2;
swing in waltz hold8.
Top couples: crossover anticlockwise holding crossed hands3; turn in to one another to
          change facing direction (no arch)1;
crossover anticlockwise again still holding crossed hands4;
partners face one another with gent facing out of the set; partners side step
           (sevens/threes) left then side step right (dancing back-to-back last time)8;
swing in waltz hold8;
gents chain :
          give right hands in the center and dance one clockwise turn; give left
          hands to the opposite lady and partners dance around one another
          anticlockwise (no arch); gents dance to home right-shoulder-to-right-
          shoulder without chaining8.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side couples leading at the crossover48.
lead around anticlockwise (crossed hands) and turn the lady under as above8;
swing in waltz hold8.

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