SHRAMORE  SET
        2008   Larry E. Taylor

GO TO DOCUMENTATION INDEX PAGE

    This set is from County Mayo, Ireland.
    Swing in ceili hold in Figure One and in waltz hold in Figures Two and Three.
    Chain:  Ladies give right hands in the center at waist level then take the opposite gent
              left-hand-in-left (also at waist level) and dance around him (no arch) to home.
              The ladies do not chain when returning home.
    The home area for this set is commonly spelled SRAHMORE.
    Visit crossover:  Holding crossed-hands, couples dance forward to face the couple on the
              left2, backward to opposite2, forward to face the next left couple2 and backward
              to home2;  this crossover must be danced fluidly with no delays at any position; 
              the lady must move slightly ahead of the gent when visiting the first and third
              positions; the gent must move slightly ahead of the lady when visiting the second
              and fourth positions.
    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 is based upon a workshop taught by Mick Mulkerrin at Cape May,
              New Jersey USA on October 4, 1997.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (320 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3 and batter-step as shown.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" visit (crossover and return—see heading)8;
swing in ceili hold8;
ladies chain8;
holding inside (closest) hands, lead around in file anticlockwise inside the
          set (ladies lead)8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
All couples: dancers face left and form a single ring (file); each dancer places both hands
          on the waist of the dancer in front; dance clockwise around the set,
          battering with the outside feet:  heel/toe (gents’ left, ladies’ right) then
          down with the other foot (gents’ right, ladies’ left)16;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat the single ring dance around the set above16;
swing in ceili hold8;
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"  first top gent and second top lady:
          advance to the center2; swing in ceili hold4; reverse to home2;
          holding inside hands, lead around anticlockwise as above8;
second top gent and first top lady:
          advance to the center2; swing in ceili hold4; reverse to home2;
          holding inside hands, lead around anticlockwise as above8;
ladies chain8;
in waltz hold, dance at home making one anticlockwise revolution4;
still in waltz hold, back the lady anticlockwise (to the right)2; turn into
          place at opposite2;
repeat the three lines above to return home8;
little Christmas8;
ladies chain8;
in waltz hold, dance at home making one anticlockwise revolution4;
still in waltz hold, back the lady anticlockwise (to the right)2; turn into
          place at opposite2;
repeat the three lines above to return home8;
little Christmas8.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"   with first side gent/second side lady
        then  second side gent/first side lady leading96;
swing in ceili hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (200 BARS)
Dance ordinary polka steps, down-2-3 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" in waltz hold, dance sevens around each other; dance a box with gents then
          ladies back-to-back when crossing8;
still in waltz hold, house around each other8;
repeat the two preceding eight-bar patterns16;
ladies chain8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    48.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    48.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    except all couples swing finally48.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (184 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel step, lift-2-3-4.
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
ladies: pinwheel clockwise with the right hands in the center3; change direction
         and hands1; pinwheel with the left hand and dance anticlockwise outside
         the set to-place at home4;
gents: pinwheel clockwise with the right hands in the center3; change direction
          and hands1; pinwheel with the left hand and dance anticlockwise
          to-place at home4;
swing in waltz hold8;
lead around clockwise; gents dance on the outside with right arms at the lady’s
          waist behind; she places her left hand on his right shoulder8;
ladies: REPEAT "MARKER" pinwheel with the right hands in the center4; pinwheel with the left
          hand and dance in front of partner then outside the set to-place at the
          next position on the right4;
gents: pinwheel with the right hands in the center4; pinwheel with the left hand
          and dance to-place at home to meet a new partner4;
swing new partner in waltz hold8;
lead around clockwise as above8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners lead around96;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8.

                                      GO TO THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.      GO TO DOCUMENTATION INDEX PAGE

SET FORMATION