RATHGORMACK  LANCERSSET
        2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Waterford, Ireland. The set is similar to the KILENAULE LANCERS,
              the TIPPERARY LANCERS  and the KILMANAGH LANCERS.
    Chain:  Low follow  --  With hands at waist-level for all contacts, the ladies give
              right-hand-in-right in the center then left-hand-in left with the opposite gent
               as they dance around one another (no arch).  The ladies do not chain with
              one another when dancing to home.
    Swing in ceili hold.
    House in ceili hold -- except in Figure Six, wherein a waltz hold is often taken.
    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 right of the first top couple.
    Documentation, created in September 2004, is based upon a workshop and ceili
              at Rathgormack, Ireland on September 16-18, 2005.  The set was revived
              during the Dance 'Neath the Comeraghs festival by Mary and Bronagh
              Murphy with help from Michael Hassett, Nelly Gough, John Tobin, Mary
              Halpin and Helen Conlon.  A slightly different version of the set was
              revived in September 2004 by Helen Conlon (Rathgormack, Ireland)
              and Michael Drohan (also of Rathgormack, Ireland but then a resident of
              Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA).
    Dance the Waterford four-step and an ordinary hornpipe step (lift-2-3-4)
              in the final figure.  Ceili hold is sometimes danced for the hornpipe figure.
    Edition of December 25, 2008    Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (104 BARS)  The Swing
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: first top gent and second top lady:  REPEAT "MARKER" swing in the center in ceili hold
          (dance in2;  swing4 one and one-half revolutions, ending facing home;
          dance to home2)8.
All couples: swing near-corner partner in ceili hold8;
swing original partner in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with second top gent/first top lady, first side gent/second
          side lady, then second side gent/first side lady leading72.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (104 BARS)  The Charge
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
First top couple: REPEAT "MARKER" house inside in ceili hold; on bar six, side couples split-off
          for four-facing-four and all place arms at backs8.
Lines of four: advance and retire twice8; lines of sets sometimes link with lines from
          other sets making long lines across the floor8.
All couples: swing original partner at home (ends of lines dance to home in two bars
          and swing for six bars)8.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with second top, first side, then second side couples
          leading; top couples split-off when a side couple leads72.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- POLKAS (72 BARS)  The Push
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" first top couple house inside, in ceili hold, ending near second top6;
          second top couple gently push the first top couple toward home2;
swing in ceili hold8.
All couples: repeat from  REPEAT "MARKER"  with second top couple, first side couple, then second side
          couple leading48.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (104 BARS)  The Gates
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" first top couple house inside in ceili hold8;
pass through an arch;  second top couple form the arch and first
           top couple dances under with arms at backs4;
partners turn to one another, change hands and pass through to home with
          second top again forming the arch4;
swing in ceili hold8.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with second top, first side, then second side couples leading;
          the couple opposite the leading couple makes the arch for both
          pass-throughs (to opposite and to home)72.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- MUSIC (144 BARS)  The Dag
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" dancing a lively polka-batter step (1 & 2 & 1-2-3; no slide) in ceili hold,
          balance in and out once4;
still in ceili hold, house to opposite4;
repeat the eight bars above to home8;
house each other in ceili hold8;
ladies chain8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   64.
swing in ceili hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 6 -- HORNPIPES (144 BARS)  The Fourstep
Dance ordinary hornpipe steps, lift-2-3-4 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
First top couple: REPEAT "MARKER" in waltz* hold, dance sevens in and out once4;
          still in waltz hold, dance two revolutions while moving toward the first
          position on the right; double the last two bars ( lift-2-3-4, lift-2-3-4
          then step1-step2-step3-step4); change ladies, with the new lady  
          stepping out to meet the dancing gent as his partner dances backward
          into the position of the lady originally on the right of the leading couple4;
first top gent dances the eight-bar pattern above with each successive lady
          he has collected from his right, keeping the fourth lady at his home24.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with first side gent, second top gent, then second side gent
          and his new partner leading96;
full house in waltz hold8.        * Ceili hold is sometimes danced in this Figure.

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