ROSCOMMON  SET
       2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set from County Roscommon, Ireland is also known as the NORTH ROSCOMMON SET.
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Bar-counts for dance patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar-count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music. 
    Dance it out :  Partners face one another and dance on-the-spot, without touching.
    First side is on the right of First Top.
    The traditional step for reels is  two heel-bounces with two opposite toe-taps then
          down with the front (tapping) foot1; repeat beginning with the opposite foot
          leading1.  For jigs, the traditional step is  back/down on the leading foot (gents
          right, ladies left), batter-down; repeat beginning with the opposite foot leading.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Gerard Butler in Chicago, Illinois,
          USA in January 2006.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
  
 SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (272 BARS)
Dance and ordinary reel step for swings and steps as shown.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" ladies crossover to opposite, passing right-shoulder-to-
          right-shoulder2;
gents crossover to opposite, passing left-shoulder-to-left-shoulder2;
repeat the two lines above to respective homes4;
dance it out (as in the heading; dance the steps twice then down-flat,
          down-flat, down-flat, one-two-three2)  8;
swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from  REPEAT "MARKER"  24.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER" first top gent/second top lady: beginning right-shoulder-to-right,
          dance a back-to-back in the center and end facing one another8;
swing in ceili hold in the center6; non-swinging partners dance in and
          tops take hands in a circle2;
Top couples: contrary clockwise (right shoulders into the circle, dancing in a file
          formation)6; reverse directions to have left shoulders into the circle2;

contrary anticlockwise in file formation6; dance to home2;

dance it out8;
swing in ceili hold8.
Repeat: repeat from  REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"  with the first side gent & the second side lady,
          second top gent and the first top lady, then the second side
          gent and the first side lady leading144.
All couples:

ladies give right hands in the center at shoulder-height (pinwheel) and

          dance to and give left hands to the opposite gent at waist-level;
          couples dance around one another anticlockwise then the ladies
          again pinwheel as they dance to home8.
dance it out8;
swing in ceili hold8.
 SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (168 BARS)
Dance down-batter/down, down-batter/down, down-batter/down
       or an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
Top couples: take right-hand-in-right and advance2; still holding right hands, gents retire straight
          back and ladies dance anticlockwise to face partners2;
crossover on the left with the ladies dancing backward to-place and the gents
          dancing forward then turning anticlockwise to-place (backs-into place)4.
Side couples: repeat the four lines above8.
All couples: beginning right-hand-in-right, chain all around (gents anticlockwise, ladies clockwise)12; 
          dance it out4;
swing in ceili hold8;
Top couples: as above, take right-hand-in-right and advance2; still holding right hands, gents
          retire straight back and ladies dance anticlockwise to face partners2;
as above, crossover on the left with the ladies dancing backward to-place and
          the gents dancing forward then turning anticlockwise to-place
          (backs-into place)4.
Side couples: repeat the four lines above to have all four couples return home8.
All couples: swing in ceili hold8.
Top couples:

REPEAT "MARKER" pass through with ladies in the center and turn clockwise to-place4;

          ladies crossover right-shoulder-to-right2; gents crossover left-shoulder-

          to-left and tops form a circle-of-four in the center2;
little Christmas6; gents retire to home, taking the opposite lady to-place
          beside him2;
ladies chain with the right hands at waist-level, making one and one-half
          turns in the center, and dance to original partners8;

pass through with ladies in the center and turn-in to one another4; ladies

          crossover right-shoulder-to-right2; gents crossover left-shoulder-to-left2;

dance it out8;

swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    except all finally swing48.
 SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (192 BARS)
Top couples:

REPEAT "MARKER" first top couple:  take right-hand-in-right and dance across to the opposite

          couple2; second top lady moves beside the first top gent, taking his left 
          hand in her left hand; the first top gent pulls-the-hands to an across-the-
          shoulders hold while the second top gent takes the ladies’inside hands2;
          as a trio-and-one (T-formation or wheelbarrow), dance across the set2;
          the second top gent pulls the hands to an across-the-shoulders hold with
          the first top gent holding the ladies’ inside hands2;

the new trio-and-one:  dance across the set2; dance on-the-spot2;

          dance to the center2;
          ladies face one another and all form a circle-of-four2;
          little Christmas6; reverse to home2.
dance it out8;
swing in ceili hold8.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with the first side couple, second top couple then the
             second side couple dancing across the set first120.
all ladies chain (pinwheel) to the opposite gent; give right hands at
          shoulder-height in the center then left forearms to the opposite gent2;
          partners dance around one another anticlockwise2;
          ladies dance home, touching right hands in the center (pinwheel)4;
dance it out8;
swing in ceili hold8.
 SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (192 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3) and as shown below.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" long quarterhouse (body) :
          in waltz hold, dance in-place (or slightly in and out) twice4;
          turning clockwise, dance to the next position on the right2;
          dance on-the-spot with a lively--but low-to-the-floor--tap and tap,
          tap and tap and tap-tap-tap (heel emphasis)2;
          repeat the preceding eight-bar pattern three times24;
Top couples: in waltz hold, house around each other8;
gents dance past one another right-shoulder-to-right to the next lady on the
          right and take waltz hold4;
make one turn with the lady and face into the set2; dance tap and tap, tap
          and tap and tap-tap-tap2;
      [Alternative for the preceding four bars:  swing in waltz hold.]
gents repeat the preceding eight-bar pattern with each lady-on-the-right
          to re-establish original partners at home24.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  72.
All couples: long quarterhouse, as above32;
full house8.

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