SOUTH  GALWAY  SET
        2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set, from County Galway, Ireland, is also known as the GALWAY REEL SET
              and THE GALWAY SET.
    The music type and bar-count for the Figures coincide with those of the EAST
              GALWAY SET (short).
    Swing in waltz hold.
    Except for sixteen bars of Figure Four, all couples dance simultaneously.
    In the first, second and fifth figures, couples dance with a couple on their left or right;
              even during REPEATS, the same pairings are danced; that is, Side Couples turn
              to their right and Top Couples turn to their left to begin the patterns.
    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.
    Documentation is based upon workshops taught by Connie Ryan (Cape May, New Jersey
              USA, October 1996) and Pat Murphy (Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, August 1998).
    Mr. Ryan taught the traditional step as down-2-3-4; the down is a gentle lift then a drop
              on the heel, beginning with the gent's right and the lady's left; dancers would then
              dance forward on the opposite feet (gents on the left, ladies on the right); the
              advance and retire is often danced with the five-step (step, step, 3-4-5).
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (56 BARS)
Dance a down-reel step, down-2-3-4.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" full house in waltz hold8.
Top couples: face the couple on the left and all four couples pass through to change positions;
          ladies cross in the middle, left-shoulder-to-left-shoulder, and turn
          anticlockwise to-place as gents cross then pass inside across partners
          and turn clockwise to-place (that is, partners pass left-shoulder-to-
          left to-place)4;
same couples pass through to home as above4.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- REELS (72 BARS)
Dance a down-reel step, down-2-3-4.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" full house in waltz hold8.
Top couples: face the couple on the left, take open waltz hold, and advance and retire once4;
same couples pass through as in Figure One4;
advance and retire once, in open-waltz hold4;
pass through to home as in Figure One4.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  32.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (88 BARS)
Dance a down-reel step, down-2-3-4.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" full house in waltz hold8;
still in waltz hold, advance and retire once4;
house half-way around to opposite4;
still in waltz hold, advance and retire once4;
house half-way around to home4;
full house in waltz hold8;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  40.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- JIGS (88 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" full house in waltz hold8;
Top couples: house each other in waltz hold8.
All couples: in open waltz hold, advance and retire twice8;
full house in waltz hold8;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   except side couples house each other40.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- REELS (104 BARS)
Dance a down-reel step, down-2-3-4.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" full house in waltz hold8;
Top couples: face the couple on the left and all four couples take open-waltz hold and
          advance and retire once4;
same couples:  all gents dance at home and ladies crossover (exchange places):
          gents turn clockwise once in-place and ladies cross right-shoulder-to-
          right-shoulder to-place4.
All couples: full house in waltz hold with new partners8.
Top couples: face the couple on the left, take open waltz hold, and advance and retire once
          (that is, top gents with new partners)4;
same couples:  all gents dance at home and ladies dance to home, as above4.
All couples: full house with original partners8;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   except substitute a big Christmas (all couples) for the final swing48.
       
Alternatively, top couples and the couple on their left dance a little Christmas
          for the final swing.

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