RATHGORMACK  LANCERS  SET
         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.
    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 information from
              Helen Conlon (Rathgormack, Ireland) and Michael Drohan (also of
              Rathgormack, Ireland but then a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA).
              Helen and Michael remember dancing the set "decades ago" in and nearby
              Rathgormack.   A slightly different version of the set was revived at the
              Dance 'Neath the Comeraghs set dancing festival at Rathgormack,
              Ireland in September 2005.
    Dance the Waterford four-step and an ordinary hornpipe step (lift-2-3-4)
              in the final figure.
    Edition of December 25, 2008    Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (104 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" first top gent and second top lady:  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 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)
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
First top couple: REPEAT "MARKER" house inside in waltz 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.
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 (104 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" first top couple house inside in waltz hold8;
pass through an arch holding inside hands;  second top couple form the arch
          and first top couple dances under4;
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;
          all couples swing on the final eight bars72.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (136 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" slide in/out once in waltz hold (1-2-1-2, 1-2-1-2)4;
still in waltz hold, house to opposite4;
slide in/out4;
house to home4;
house each other8;
ladies chain8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   64.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- HORNPIPES (144 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary hornpipe step, lift-2-3-4 and as shown.
First top couple:

Waterford four-step:   REPEAT "MARKER" in waltz hold, lift heel (gentle hop) on the back foot

          (gent’s right, ladies left) then slide three times (1-2, 1-2, 1-2,
          beginning forward with gent’s left, lady’s right) to the left-front
          (toward the position on the left)2; lift the opposite heel and repeat the
          slide movement to the right-front (toward the next position on the left,
          the dancing couple's original opposite)2;
          dance in-place (no turns, lift-2-3-4)2;
          double (1-2-3-4) to the next position on the left (the dancing couple's
           original right) and change ladies (new lady steps out to join the gent
          as the current (dancing) lady dances into the new lady’s former
          position)2;
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.

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