WEXFORD  HALF  SET
        2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Wexford, Ireland.  Two-plus versions are documented below.
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot except
              when dancing the steps.  When dancing in-place, the Wexford Reel Step traditionally
              is danced to the POLKAS and the Wexford Jig Step (danced multiple ways) is 
              traditionally danced to the JIGS.
    Wexford Jig Step, version 1all begin forward (the treble-down) on the right foot;
              bounce down twice on the heel of the left foot while simultaneously dancing a
              treble-step then down with the right foot; repeat the preceding with heel-bounces
              on the right and the treble-down on the left; repeat for either four or eight bars.
    Bar counts for dance patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    Swing in waltz  and elbow ceili hold.
              Elbow ceili hold:   Partners grasp right thumbs at shoulder-height and place
              left hands under the right elbows;  position of feet and swing action are the same
              as those of the waltz, hug or ceili hold swing that is, keep the ball of the right
              foot much like a pivot-point and push around one another with the left foot.
    First Couple begins each Figure with the partners' backs to the music.                          
    Documentation is based upon a fall 1999 workshop led by Mary Friel in Dublin, Ireland.
              Notes by Tom Quinn and Pat Murphy and a web-posted video were also used
              for this edition.
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
   
    FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (48 BARS)   THE CROSSOVER
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3) and the Wexford Reel Step.
Both couples: dance in-place, facing into the set and holding inside (closest) hands8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" crossover anticlockwise with the lady turning once clockwise under an
          arch (lady's left in gent's right)2;
dance in-place as above6;
swing in waltz hold6; dance out2;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   16.

 


    ALTERNATE FIGURE 1 -- REELS (72 BARS)
Stamp the last beat of the introduction.  Dance reel trebles and threes.
Both couples: dance in-place, facing into the set, holding crossed hands (rights on top)8;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady turning clockwise once under the
          couples' arched arms2; dance in-place as above6;
repeat the preceding crossover and dance in-place8;
swing in elbow ceili hold (see heading)8;
chain and crossover :
          ladies give right hands at waist-height to one another in the center then
          left hands to the opposite gent (who has danced into his partner's place);
          partners dance anticlockwise around one another (no arch) and the ladies
          dance back to home without chaining then give right hands to their
          original partner8;
          ladies lead their partner anticlockwise to opposite2; dance in-place
          as above6;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady turning clockwise once under the
          couples' arched arms2; dance in-place as above6;
swing in elbow ceili hold8.

 

    FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (168 BARS)   THE CHAIN
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3) and the Wexford Jig Step.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" ladies chain (see heading); end with lady's left hand in her original
          partner's right hand8;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading and turning clockwise once under
          an arch (lady's left in gent's right)2; dance in-place as in Figure One6;
repeat the preceding crossover and dance in-place8;
swing in waltz hold; the first couple cross as they swing and the first lady
          ends beside the second gent8;
without touching, the trio faces first gent and all dance in-place as in Figure One8;
first gent dances anticlockwise to face his home position (that is, out of the set)2;
all again dance in-place as in Figure One6;
first gent dances anticlockwise to face the trio2;
all again dance in-place as in Figure One6;
little Christmas6; reverse to place2;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second couple leading64;
ladies chain (see heading); end with lady's left hand in her original
          partner's right hand8;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading and turning clockwise once under
          an arch (lady's left in gent's right)2; dance in-place as in Figure One6;
repeat the preceding crossover and dance in-place8;
swing in waltz hold6; dance out2.

 


    ALTERNATE FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (104 BARS)
Stamp the last beat of the introduction.  Dance jig trebles and walk.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" first lady and second gent walk anticlockwise around each other then face
          in the center8;
first lady and second gent swing in elbow ceili hold6; reverse to place2;
chain and crossover as in Figure One :
          ladies give right hands at waist-height to one another in the center then
          left hands to the opposite gent (who has danced into his partner's place);
          partners dance anticlockwise around one another (no arch) and the ladies
          dance back to home without chaining then give right hands to their
          original partner8;
          ladies lead their partner anticlockwise to opposite2; dance in-place
          as above6;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady turning clockwise once under the
          couples' arched arms2; dance in-place as above6;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second lady and first gent leading48.

 


    SECOND ALTERNATE FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (128)
          This alternate was adapted from a June 5, 1977, video which
          was posted to the internet.
Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3) and steps.
OPPOSITE PARTNERS DANCE AROUNDSTEPSSWING
Both couples: first lady and second gent crossover (walk) right-shoulder-to-right-shoulder
          to end facing in the center with backs to their respective opposite2;
          dance the steps6
swing in old (elbow) ceili hold6; reverse to-place (at home)2;
LADIES CHAIN, ENDING IN A CROSSOVERSTEPS
ladies take right hands in the center then dance on to the opposite gent
          (who has danced into his partner's position); couples take left
          hands and form an arch; while the gent continues to face into the
          set, the lady dances under the arch and around the gent; ladies give
          left hands to original partner's right hands and form an arch; ladies
          turn clockwise under the arch as she returns to opposite; gents
          crossover to opposite also as ladies turn to-place under the arch;
          both couples end at opposite, facing in, holding inside hands (that is,
          don't release hands after arch/under)8;
still holding inside hands and facing the opposite couple, dance the
          steps8;
CROSSOVERSTEPSSWING
still with gent's right hand holding lady's left, crossover anticlockwise to home;
          while crossing, form an arch and the lady passes clockwise under the
          arch and the gent dances inside the set as both partners end facing one
          another4;
holding uncrossed hands, dance the steps as above in this alternate4;
swing in old (elbow) ceili hold8;
R e p e a t    LADIES CHAIN, ENDING IN A CROSSOVERSTEPS
repeat the ladies chain and steps16;

 

    FIGURE 3 -- POLKAS (48 BARS)   THE SIDESTEP
Dance ordinary polka steps (down-2-3, sidestep-sevens 1-2-3-4-5-
          6-7) and the Wexford Reel Step.
Both couples: dance in-place, facing into the set and holding inside (closest) hands8;
sidestep (sevens, gents dance right--rear, ladies left)2;
take right-hand-in-right with opposite partner and dance in-place6;
swing opposite partner in waltz hold and reverse to their partner's place6;
dance two bars in-place, without touching2;
sidestep (sevens, gents dance left, ladies right-rear)to home places2;
dance in-place, facing partners, but without touching6;
swing in waltz hold6; dance out2.

 


    ALTERNATE FIGURE 3 -- REELS or JIGS (136 BARS)
Stamp the last beat of the introduction.  Dance jig  and/or  reel trebles.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" chain and crossover as in Figure One :
          ladies give right hands at waist-height to one another in the center then
          left hands to the opposite gent (who has danced into his partner's place);
          partners dance anticlockwise around one another (no arch) and the ladies
          dance back to home without chaining then give right hands to their
          original partner8;
          ladies lead their partner anticlockwise to opposite2; dance in-place
          as above6;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady turning clockwise once under the
          couples' arched arms2; dance in-place as above6;
swing in elbow ceili hold; REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER"  first couple cross as they swing and the first lady
          ends beside the second gent8;
with the first gent facing the trio, all dance in-place without touching8;
little Christmas8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  with the second lady swinging across to the first couple48;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   through    REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER"  that is, end the repeat swinging at home32.

 

    FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (88 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3) and the Wexford Reel Step.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" dance in-place, facing into the set and holding inside (closest) hands8;
crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading and turning clockwise once under
          an arch (lady's left in gent's right)2; dance in-place as in Figure One6;
swing in waltz hold at opposite6; dance out2;
repeat the preceding crossover and swing, ending at home16;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  40.

 


    ALTERNATE FIGURE 4 -- REELS (56 BARS)
Stamp the last beat of the introduction.  Dance reel trebles and sevens.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" sidestep (sevens, gents dance right--rear, ladies left)2;
take right-hand-in-right with opposite partner and dance in-place6;
swing opposite partner in elbow ceili hold and reverse to their partner's place6;
dance two bars in-place, without touching2;
sidestep (sevens, gents dance left, ladies right-rear)to home places2;
dance in-place, facing partners, but without touching6;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   24.

 


    FIGURE 5 -- JIGS (72 BARS)
Stamp the last beat of the introduction.  Dance jig trebles.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" dance in-place, facing into the set, holding crossed hands (rights on top)8;
pass through (ladies in the center) and turn into one another at opposite4;
repeat the preceding pass through to home4;
again dance in-place, facing into the set, holding crossed hands (rights on top)8;
swing in elbow ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   32.

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