WILLIAMSTOWN  SET
            2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This dance is from the border area of Counties Galway and Roscommon, Ireland.
    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 left of the first top couple.
    Documentation is based upon workshops taught by Tony Ryan (Ellenville, New York USA,
              February 2000) and by Mick Mulkerrin (Spiddal, Ireland, February 2004).
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
   
    FIGURE 1 -- REELS (120 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel step, lift-2-3-4.
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, with crossed-hands (rights on top), and end
          with gents inside the set facing ladies who are facing into the set8;
swing in waltz hold8.
LADIES LONG CHAINSWING
Top couples: ladies chain : (that is, ladies start a chain)
          with a waist-level hold for all contacts, ladies take right-hand-in-right in
          the center with the opposite lady; dance one complete turn clockwise;
          dance to the opposite gent (who has danced into his partner's position)
          and take left-hand-in-left; dance a half-turn anticlockwise then dance to
          the center; dance another complete turn right-hand-in-right and dance
          toward home; take left-hand-in-left with original partner and dance a
          half-turn, ending with gents' facing out of the set and ladies facing
          into the set16;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat the ladies chain and swing 24.
GENTS PINWHEELTURN THE LADY AT EACH POSITION
All couples: gents take left hands in the center (wheel), grasp right-in-right with partner
          and lead around, turning the lady under clockwise at each of the four
          positions (dance to the position2, gents dance in-place and
          turn the lady2)16;
ADVANCE AND RETIREHOUSE HALF-WAYSWINGHOUSE
take open waltz hold and advance and retire once (step, step, 3-4-5)4;
house halfway around to opposite, in waltz hold4;
repeat the preceding advance and retire and house halfway around8;
swing in waltz hold8;
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 2 -- REELS (112 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel step, lift-2-3-4.
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, with crossed-hands (rights on top), and end
          with gents inside the set facing ladies who are facing into the set8;
swing in waltz hold8.
CORNERS SWING, ADVANCE AND RETIRE, TURN THE LADYSWING AT HOME
dance to the near-corner (gents turn left, ladies turn right)2;
swing corner-partner6;
same partners, facing into the set, advance and retire, right-hand-in-right8;
same partners turn the lady under-the-finger twice, right-hand-in-right8;
dance to home, gents passing inside the set2;
swing original partner in waltz hold6.
ADVANCE AND RETIREPASS THROUGH AN ARCHSWING
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" arch and pass through :
          holding right-hand-in-right; as second top advances and retires once,
          the first top couple dances to the center (right-hand-in-right), face and
          form an arch4;
          the second top couple dances under the arch with the lady leading;
          the arching couple lower arms and turn clockwise to-place at opposite;
          the couple passing under the arch turn inward (gents anticlockwise,
          ladies clockwise) to-place at opposite4;
repeat the pass through to return home with second top couple forming
          the arch8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
All couples: full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 3 -- REELS (120 BARS)
Dance an ordinary reel step, lift-2-3-4.
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, with crossed-hands (rights on top), and end
          with gents inside the set facing ladies who are facing into the set8;
swing in waltz hold8.
LADIES CHAIN AROUND  IN CENTERSWING
Top couples: ladies chain right-hand-in-right in the center and turn twice; dance to home
          and dance a half-turn (left-in-left) with original partner, ending with as
          in Figure One with gents facing out, ladies facing in8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat the preceding ladies chain and swing16.
BACK TO BACKSWING
All couples: back-to-back with partnerno touch, right-shoulder-to-right, sideways,
          left-shoulder-to-left and to-place8;
swing in waltz hold8.
DANCE WITH SIDE COUPLES:   ADVANCE AND RETIREPASS THROUGH
REPEAT "MARKER" top couples face left and side couples face right and all advance and
          retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
same couples above:  release hands and pass through, gents on the outside,
          and dance to face the next position4;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"    three times to return home; gents dance behind (outside)
          partner to-place at home24;
SWINGHOUSE
original partners swing in waltz hold8;
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 4 -- JIGS (128 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary jig step, down-2-3.
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, with crossed-hands (rights on top), and end
          with gents inside the set facing ladies who are facing into the set8;
swing in waltz hold8.
HOUSEGENTS CROSSOVERSWING
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" house around each other in waltz hold8;
gents crossover (straight-over, no-touch)2; swing opposite lady6;
house around each other in waltz hold as new couples8;
gents crossover2; swing original partner6;
house around each other in waltz hold as original couples8;
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   40.
CHAINSWINGHOUSE
All couples: chain around the set (gents dance anticlockwise and ladies dance clockwise)12;
swing in waltz hold (two revolutions)4;
full house in waltz hold8.
    FIGURE 5 -- POLKAS (136 BARS)   
Dance an ordinary reel step, lift-2-3-4.
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in waltz hold8.
HOUSE INSIDECHAIN WITH LINE THEN PARTNER
First top couple: REPEAT "MARKER" house inside and on the last two bars, the opposite couple splits to form
          trios to the left and right of the leading couple8 (or 4).
chain with partner and the line:
          give rights to partner (no half-turn first time only) then left forearms to
          and half-turn around the first person in the line (ladies chain with their
          left trio and gents chain with their right trio); continue rights-to-partner-
          then-lefts-to-the-line to the end of the line; meet partner in waltz hold
          and house to home and split to form new trios16 (or 20).
repeat from     REPEAT "MARKER"     with second top couple, first side couple, then
          second side couple leading72.
SWINGHOUSE
All couples: swing in waltz hold8;
full house in waltz hold8.

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