TELEVARA   SET
           2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Kerry, Ireland.
    Swing in waltz hold.
    Half-diamond:   in waltz hold, dance to the first position on the right, with gents back to
              the center, and turn one-quarter clockwise (slide, close, slide, close  OR  a lively
              1 and 2 and 1-2-3, a jig batter)2;  dance the same foot pattern to the next position
              on the right, with ladies backs to the center2.
    Locked:  each gent places his left hand on the left shoulder of the gent in front of him
              and places his right arm behind at his partner’s waist.
    Other versions of the set are danced.
    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 left of the first top couple.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Mick Mulkerrin November 1996 at
              an Irish Music and Dance weekend in the Catskills Mountains of New York USA.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
   
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (248 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise locked (see heading)8;
full house in waltz hold8;
First top couple: house inside in waltz hold (show the lady)8;
half-diamond (see heading)4; house to home4.
Top couples: ladies chain twice;  give right-hand-in-right at waist-level in the center each time;
          except when returning to home finally, form an arch with the gents with
          the left hands and dance under the arch and around the gent each time; 
          dance into waltz hold when finally returning home16;
swing in waltz hold8;
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with  first side couple, second top couple
          then  second side couple leading168.
lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (312 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8;
First top couple: house inside in waltz hold8;
half-diamond4; house to home4.
Top couples: with the couple on their left:
          slide in and out once, in open waltz hold4;
          in waltz hold, house around each other to change places4;
          in turn, top couples repeat the slide in and out once and house to
          change places with all other couples on the left24.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with  first side couple, second top couple
          then  second side couple leading216.
lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- JIGS (216 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8;
First top couple: house inside in waltz hold8;
half-diamond4; house to home4.
Top couples: as the first top gent and the second top lady swing in the center,  all other
          dancers take hands in a circle and dance one anticlockwise revolution; 
          the swinging couple dances in two bars, swings for six bars then reverses
          to place in two bars;  the other dancers dance facing forward around
          the circle with left shoulders into the center (in file)8.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with  first side couple, second top couple
          then  second side couple leading144.
lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- JIGS (184 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8;
First top couple: house inside in waltz hold8;
half-diamond4; house to home4.
All couples: gents dance to the next lady on the right2; swing in waltz hold6
repeat:
          with both a new partner and new position,  repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with
          first (original) side gent, second (original) top gent then
          second (original) side gent leading120.
lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- JIGS (408 BARS)    Face the Hob (fireplace)
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8;
1st top couple: house inside in waltz hold8;
half-diamond4; house to home and face out of the set, ending near set-center4.
1st side couple: house around the first top couple in waltz hold8;
half-diamond (passing in front of the standing couple)4;
house toward home and file-up behind the first top couple4.
2nd top couple: house around the filed-up couples in waltz hold8;
half-diamond (passing in front of the standing couples)4;
house toward home and file-up behind the first side couple4.
2nd side couple: in waltz hold, house to opposite only8;
half-diamond (passing in front of the standing couples)4;
house toward home and file-up behind the second top couple4.
All couples: cast-off with gents dancing a circle to the left and ladies dancing a circle to the
          right; take open waltz hold at the bottom of the file and all dance forward
          then up the file then around one and one-quarter anticlockwise so
          a new couple will occupy the first top position; each couple would 
          thus, in turn, face the hob16.
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   three times, with a different leading couple facing-out from
          the first top position each time288.
lead around anticlockwise locked8;
full house in waltz hold8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 6 -- SLIDES (232 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" in waltz hold for all following patterns, house around each other8;
half-diamond4; house to home4;
repeat the preceding eight-bars8;
house around each other8;
half-diamond4; house to home4;
repeat the preceding eight-bars8;
house around each other8;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   56.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   112.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 7 -- REELS (272 BARS)   
Dance ordinary reel steps, lift-2-3-4 and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (sevens).
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" lead around anticlockwise, holding crossed-hands in front (rights on top)8;
form an arch, left-hand-in-left-hand, and the lady turns under that arch
          four times (in-place)8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Top couples: in waltz hold, dance sevens around each other (box-like with gents then
          ladies back-to-back when crossing; beginning weight on trailing foot)8;
still in waltz hold, house around each other (ordinary house)8;
gents crossover, right-shoulder-to-right-shoulder2; swing the opposite lady6;
gents grasp left forearms in the center and dance around one another
          anticlockwise6; double 2;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   56.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   112.
lead around anticlockwise, holding crossed-hands in front (rights on top)8;
form an arch, left-hand-in-left-hand, and the lady turns under that arch
          four times (in-place)8;
swing in waltz hold8.
in waltz hold, square-the-house dancing sevens8;
still in waltz hold, full house8.

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