Antrim Square

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Category: Irish, Set


This is a fun easy to learn dance created in 2003 by Des Jackson, associated with the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers in Australia.

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Figure 1: Ladies star

Reel, 136 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around & back Lead all the way around in 8b, lead back 8b. Gents right arm over ladies right shoulder, left hands held in front. When turning to lead back, merely turn on the spot without spinning around each other.
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2Swing in waltz hold8
3Ladies star Right hand star (or wheel) clockwise for 4b reverse and left hand star back to place8
4Gents star Right hand star (or wheel) clockwise for 4b reverse and left hand star back to place8
5Top Couples
House inside
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6Tops square & house In waltz hold, advance toward the couple on the right, back into opposite place, house home.8
7Everyone
Antrim square Each dancer will dance a small square as part of the overall set. Tops take inside hands and advance to the center, release hands, face their partners and reverse into side position (4b). Tops then turn toward the opposite top, back toward their original side, turn to face their partner and advance to meet their partner at home (4b). At the same time the sides face their partners, reverse away from each other, turn and advance to the opposite person (4b) turn toward the center advance toward their partner, turn toward the center and reverse to home (4b). Everyone reverse the square with side couples leading (8b).
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8Swing At home8
9House around the full set8
10Side Couples
Dance 5 to 9: Side couples lead the Antrim square this time.
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Figure 2: Swing in four

Jig, 128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around & back This time use a hop step.
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2Swing8
3Top Couples
Crossover Top ladies cross to opposite ladies position passing right shoulders in 2b, gents cross to opposite gents position passing left shoulders. Repeat. During the repeat, the ladies should not go all the way home and the gents should pass just far enough to get into a little Christmas formation at the center of the set.
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4Swing in four8
5Swing home Break out of the little Christmas and travel back as you swing. Finish swinging at home.8
6Everyone
Antrim square
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7Swing8
8Side Couples
Dance 3 to 7
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9Everyone
House
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Figure 3: Swing your corner

Slide, 144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around & back
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2Swing8
3Top Couples
Slide and change Slide in 2 and in 2-3, back 2 and back 2-3. House to opposite, repeat to home.
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4Everyone
Swing your corner All turn and swing your corner (left of gent, right of lady)
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5Swing your partner Dance back home (2b) and swing your partner (6b).8
6Antrim square16
7Swing8
8Side Couples
Dance 3 to 7
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9Everyone
House
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Added on 2011-07-30 08:28:10.
Modified on 2016-09-05 14:02:37.
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