This set comes from Ardgroom in West Cork. Notes from Toss the Feather by Pat Murphy. Reproduced with permission.
Additional notes from Set Dancing News
“SOURCE AND STEP Timmy McCarthy, at Cecil Sharp House, London, February 1995 and Priddy, Somerset, May 1995. According to Timmy, the set should be danced very flat, with absolutely no battering and with a smooth, gliding step “like a ship on the ocean”. Walk the Polka: with waltz hold, gents dancing forwards and ladies backwards, all couples walk - 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and (4 bars) step&pivot 6 and (2 bars & c/wise ¾ turn) 7 and 8 (2 bars) into the place opposite their own. 8 bars The whole movement is then repeated back home. 8 bars To get the shape of the movement think of a shield, with each couple starting at the bottom point and walking along the RH edge to reach the top RH corner on the 5th bar, pivot ¾ of a turn clockwise to face along the top edge - bar 6 - and dance 2 bars to the centre of that edge; then repeat as if at the point of the shield again to get back home.”
Modified on 2014-08-18 07:51:46.
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