WEST  LIMERICK  SET
           2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Limerick, Ireland.
    Chain:  With all hands at waist-level, ladies grasp and release right hands in the center
              and take left hands with the opposite gent (who has danced to his partner’s
              position) and they dance around one another twice (no arch);  the ladies
              do not touch when dancing to home.
    Back the lady quarterhouse:   In waltz-hold, dance this four-bar pattern four times:
              gents dance forward and ladies dance backward to the position on the right2;
              dance one clockwise turn, ending with the ladies’ backs to the next position
              on the right2.
    Swing in waltz 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 is based upon a workshop taught by Fiona Buckley at Gaithersburg,
              Maryland USA on September 5, 1998.  Other versions are danced.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
    FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (160 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"  back the lady quarterhouse (see heading)16.
Top couples: ladies chain8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    32.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    32.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    32.
All couples: back the lady quarterhouse16;
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 2 -- POLKAS (160 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"  back the lady quarterhouse16.
First top couple: house inside in waltz hold (show the lady)8.
All couples: circle and place arms behind on the waist of dancers on either side then slide
          in and out once4.
First top couple: in waltz hold, dance at home (one revolution)4.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   with second top, first side then second side couple leading96.
back the lady quarterhouse16;
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 3 -- SLIDES (192 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"  back the lady quarterhouse16.
Top couples: advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
first top couple form an arch and both couples crossover and turn into
          one another to-place at opposite as follows:
          second top lady crosses to first top lady’s position (pass right-shoulder-
          to-right); still holding right hands, first top gent turns first top lady
          clockwise to his left-front forming an arch; the second top gent passes
          under the arch as the first top couple continues to opposite4;
repeat the advance and retire and crossover above with second top couple
          forming the arch as top couples dance to respective home8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"   with first side then second side forming the arch first80.
All couples: back the lady quarterhouse16;
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (88 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary polka step, down-2-3.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"  in waltz hold, dance anticlockwise around the set (no turns) with the gent
          dancing facing forward and the lady dancing backward (four shoves)8;
still in waltz hold, full house8;
ladies:   give right hands in the center then dance to and give left forearms to the
          opposite gent; dance around the gent twice; again give right hands in the
          center and dance to-place at home8;
swing in waltz hold8.
repeat from    REPEAT "MARKER"  32;
in waltz hold, dance anticlockwise around the set (no turns) with the gent
          dancing facing forward and the lady dancing backward (four shoves)8;
still in waltz hold, full house8;
    FIGURE 5 -- SLIDES (232 BARS)   
Dance ordinary polka steps, down-2-3 and slide, close, slide, close-lift.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" house around each other in waltz hold8;
still in waltz hold, slide in and out once4; house to opposite4;
still in waltz hold, slide in and out once4; house to home4;
house around each other in waltz hold8;
still in waltz hold, slide in and out once4; house to opposite4;
still in waltz hold, slide in and out once4; house to home4;
house around each other in waltz hold8;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    56.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    56.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    56.
    FIGURE 6 -- HORNPIPES (160 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary hornpipe step, lift-2-3-4.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"  back the lady quarterhouse16.
full house in waltz hold8;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire once (no five-step)4;
gents retain closest (inside) hands with the lady on the left and turns her clockwise
          under his left arm and she dances beside him at his right side4;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"  until original partners are at home96;
back the lady quarterhouse16;
full house in waltz hold8;

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