WICKLOW  HALF  SET
   2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    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 hold.
    First Couple begins each Figure with the partners' backs to the music or as described
              immediately below.
    Documentation is based upon notes in Pat Murphy's The Flowing Tide.   He wrote the
              following about this half set.
                     “The set was preceded by the ‘grand march.’   All couples marched up the centre of
                     the floor, then parted, ladies circling to the right and gents circling to the left.  All
                     danced to the back to meet their partners again and continued up the center with them.
                     This time, when they reached the top of the hall, the first couple circled off to the right,
                     the second couple to the left and so on, all dancing to the back of the hall once more. 
                     They now marched up the center in lines of four.  At the top, they formed half-sets
                     across the hall.  The dance finished with a grand chain around the hall, with gents going
                     to the right and ladies to the left.  When the partners met again, all danced a barn dance.
                     (A sample barn dance is shown below.)
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    FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (56 BARS)  
Dance an ordinary polka/jig step (down-2-3).
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" pass through an arch twice, holding inside (closest) hands :
          first couple form an arch and second couple pass under; partners
          turn into one another to-place at opposite4;
          repeat the preceding pass through except second couple form the
          arch as both couples dance to home4;
ladies chain (low-hand follow) :
          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);
          couples dance around one another (no arch); ladies also chain when
          dancing to-place beside their original partner8.
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  24.
    FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (56 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka/jig step (down-2-3).
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" advance and retire twice holding right-hand-in-right8;
form an arch (right hands); the lady leads as couples dance anticlockwise
          around the set; the lady turns clockwise four times under the arch8;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  24.
    FIGURE 3 -- JIGS (104 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka/jig step (down-2-3).
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" pass through an arch twice as in Figure One8;
ladies chain as in Figure One except  instead of stopping at home, chain
          around original partner (left hand in left) then ladies chain (right hand in
          right) back to the opposite gent8;
new partners swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   , ending when original partners swing24.
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  48.
    FIGURE 4 -- JIGS (120 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka/jig step (down-2-3).
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" pass through an arch twice as in Figure One8;
ladies chain as in Figure One8;
while second couple house at home (two clockwise revolutions), first couple
          house inside then leave the lady beside the second gent; gents and ladies
          take an across-the-shoulders hold; first gent takes the ladies' inside hands
          at waist-height8;
trio and one :
          advance and ladies changeover to the first gent4;
          advance and form a circle of four4;
little Christmas6; reverse to place2;
ladies chain as in Figure One8;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  except second couple form the arch first56.

 

    STOW  BARN  DANCE -- HORNPIPES (VARIABLE BARS)
Kicks : REPEAT "MARKER" dance a kick up then down, downtwice :
          lift and drop the trailing heel simultaneously to a heel-skuff-lift of the
          leading foot (kick); carry the kick across the trailing foot; dance down
          on the leading then down on the trailing foot1;
          repeat the preceding except kick with the other foot1;
No kicks: dance lift-2-3-4 in-place twice without the above kicking2;
Repeat : repeat the preceding Kicks and No kicks patterns above4;
House : take crossed hands (rights on top) and either house in-place or house forward
          in the line of dance (two clockwise revolutions, dancing lift 2-3-4)8;
Repeat : repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   as desired.

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