Borlin Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:


a.k.a. Borlin Valley Polka Set
A bouncy polka set from County Cork.  It’s simple, with a few added jumps and kicks and is danced fast for added spice.

Videos:

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Figure 1: Ladies Chain (Polka)

144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone Lead Around Lead around with crossed hand hold, turning the lady on last 2b. 8
2 Body In waltz hold jump & kick to center, step out-2-3, house to next position. 16
3 House House, waltz hold 8
4 Top Couples House 8
5 Square the set Travel diagonally R in face-to-face waltz hold (lady backs up) with 1-2 1-2-kick, turn & repeat across opp position, gent 8
6 Ladies chain Ladies take R hands low in center, take opp gent’s L hand low, turn CCW, pass lady to return home. 8
7 Swing Swing, waltz hold 8
8 Everyone Body In waltz hold jump & kick to center, step out-2-3, house to next position. 16
9 House, waltz hold 8
10 Side Couples Dance 4 to 7 32
11 Everyone Body In waltz hold jump & kick to center, step out-2-3, house to next position. 16
12 House Waltz hold 8

Figure 2: Two Squares (Polka)

128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone Lead around 8
2 Body 16
3 House 8
4 Top Couples House 8
5 Square twice 16
6 Everyone Body 16
7 House 8
8 Side Couples Dance 4 and 5 24
9 Everyone Body 16
10 House 8

Figure 3: Advance, Retire & Passthru (Polka)

160 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone Lead around 8
2 Body 16
3 House 8
4 Top Couples House 8
5 Square 8
6 Advance and retire 16
7 Swing 8
8 Everyone Body 16
9 House 8
10 Side Couples Dance 4 to 7 40
11 Everyone Body 16
12 House 8

Figure 4: Four Squares (Slide)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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When danced at the 2011 CCE in San Antonio, they varied the square style each time.  You can see this in the videos linked above.
An alternative form of this figure is:
Top couples:
Lead around. 8 bars
Quarterhouse. 16 bars
House around. 8 bars
Square the house four times. 32 bars
Quarterhouse. 16 bars
House. 8 bars
Sides dance the previous movements.
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1 Top Couples Ring lead around 8
2 House 8
3 Square four times 32
4 House 8
5 Side Couples Dance 1 to 4 56

Figure 5: Doubles (Hornpipe)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone Barn dance 16
2 Double house 8
3 Ladies walk on 8
4 Repeat 1 to 3 96
5 Barndance 16
6 Double house 8
Added on 2011-11-05 11:10:34.
Modified on 2015-08-24 21:01:34.
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