WOLFHILL  HALF  SET
           2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set comes from County Laois, Ireland. All Figures except the final one are danced
              in half sets (two couples).
    First Couple begins each Figure with the partners' backs to the music.  The First Top
              Couple of Figure Five also begin with backs to the music.
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot. 
              Multiple styles (patterns) of battering are danced in Figure 2; only two varieties
              are briefly described here.   1.   While simultaneously tapping the heel of the leading
              foot, batter heel-toe three times with the other foot (weight remains on the leading
              foot only until the final heel-toe); then stamp the leading foot in place or slightly
              forward.    2.    Dance down on the leading foot; batter heel-toe then down on the
              non-leading foot (change weight); down on the leading foot; down on the
              non-leading foot.
    Bar counts for dance patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    Chain 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
           form an arch and the lady dances under the arch and around the gent as he
          (dancing slightly forward) continues to face into the set; ladies do not chain
          when dancing to-place beside their original partner.
    Swing in ceili hold.
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    FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (96 BARS)  
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Both couples: advance and retire once holding right hands in front4;
still holding right hands, ladies lead anticlockwise to opposite (crossover); form
          an arch and the lady dances under the arch clockwise to-place4;
repeat the preceding  advance and retire   and crossover  to home8;
swing in ceili hold hold8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" ladies chain (see heading)8;
house each other in waltz hold8;
advance and retire twice holding right hands in front8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   32.
    FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (104 BARS)
Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3) and a batter step.
Both couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" batter in place holding right hands in front (see heading)8;
still holding right hands, lead around to opposite (dance side-by-side with the
          gent on the inside of the set); dance to the first position on the right and
          form an arch; the lady dances clockwise under the arch; lead on to
          opposite and again the lady turns clockwise under an arch; couples
          face into the set and continue to hold right hands in front8;
batter in place holding right hands in front as above8;
repeat the preceding lead around and  arching turns  to home8;
batter in place holding right hands in front as above8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   48.
    FIGURE 3 -- POLKAS (112 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Both couples: advance and retire twice holding right hands in front8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" first   l a d y   and second gent :
          crossover left-shoulder-to-left; turn clockwise; dance to the center again
          left-shoulder-to-left; turn clockwise to face one another8;
          swing in ceili hold in the center6; reverse to-place2;
dance on-the-spot holding hands in a circle only ladies take crossed-hands8;
drop hands; remain in the center in a circle; ladies only dance two (or three)
          clockwise turns as the gents dance in-place8;
all reverse to home2; original partners take right hands in front and dance
          in-place2;
advance and retire once, still holding right hands4;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second lady and first gent leading48.
    FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (152 BARS)
Dance an ordinary polka step (down-2-3).
Both couples: pass through twice :
          couples take inside hands and advance (begin the pass through)2;
          first couple form an arch and second couple dances under; both
          couples continue to opposite, drop hands and turn into one another
          to face into the set2;
          repeat the preceding pass through except second couple form the arch4;
ladies chain (see heading)8;
house each other in waltz hold8;
advance and retire twice holding right hands in front8;
first couple take ceili hold and swing up (in-place then across) the set; second
          couple stand with the gent's right arm across the lady's waist behind and
          the lady's left hand on the gent's right shoulder (open waltz)8;
little Christmas (ladies' hands on the gents' shoulders) clockwise8;
little Christmas (ladies' hands on the gents' shoulders) anticlockwise6;
          all reverse to home2;
original partners take right hands in front and dance in-place4;
advance and retire once, still holding right hands4;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with second couple arching  first72.
    FIGURE 5 -- POLKAS or JIGS (200 BARS)  FULL SET
Dance an ordinary polka or jig step (down-2-3).
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" advance and retire once in open waltz hold4;
crossover anticlockwise to opposite, still in open waltz hold4;
repeat the preceding advance and retire  and  crossover  to home8;
Side couples: repeat the preceding advance and retires  and crossovers16.
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice; as gents retire the second
          time, ladies dance inside the set to the next position on the right8;
new partners swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   until original partners swing144.

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