Baile Bhuirne Jig Set

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Alternate name: Balleyvourney (or Ballyvourney) Jig Set. This set comes from Baile Bhuirne in West Cork. Danced in waltz hold throughout, usually danced all the way through with no breaks in between the figures.

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Ballyvourney Jig Set at the Rose of Clare Festival
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Full dance video from the 2008 North American Comhaltas convention
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The following is from Volume 7 of “Come dance with me in Ireland: The Magic of Irish Set Dancing”.

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Figure 1: Swing your Own

Slide, 80 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Top Couples
Hook & House Top couples dance 1 bar into the set, 1 bar out & house around opposite couple & back home. Some dancers will exaggerate the hook by dancing slightly to the left and back to place before housing.
There are several variations for this movement.  Some dance two bars in place.  Some dance straight into the house.  Some dance two bars backing the lady toward the couple on the right.  Some dance a "hook" where the lady dances in front of the gent and back to place while the gent turns slightly left and to the right with 1-23, 2-23 steps. 
This is currently (early 2016) danced in Ballyvourney by dancing straight into the house.
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2Square the House Top couples slide 1, 2, 123 toward the couple on the right, make a 1/4 turn clockwise and slide 1, 2, 123 backward into opposite place. House back home.8
3Swing In waltz hold.8
4Slide in & change over Partners slide sideways toward the centre 1, 2, 123 and back out (4b). House to opposite (4b).8
5Slide in & change home Partners slide sideways toward the centre 1, 2, 123 and back out (4b). House to home (4b).8
6Side Couples
Dance 1 to 5
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Figure 2: Swing Opposites

Slide, 96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Top Couples
Hook & House
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2Square the House8
3Gents cross & swing Gents dance 2 bars to opposite lady & swing. Gents return home & swing partners.16
4Slide and change over and back home16
5Side Couples
Dance 1 to 4
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Figure 3: Double Christmas

Slide, 96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Top Couples
Hook & House
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2Square the House8
3Double Little Christmas Swing in four for 8 bars, Jump, Keep swinging clockwise for 6 & retire home.16
4Slide and change over and back home16
5Side Couples
Dance movements 1 to 4
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Figure 4: Swing Next Lady

Slide, 128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Top Couples
Hook & House
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2Square the House8
3Gents swing next lady Gents dance to lady on his left & swing (8 bars). Move on & swing the next lady; repeat to home, End by swinging own partners.32
4Slide and change16
5Side Couples
Dance 1 to 4
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Figure 5: The Chain

Slide, 104 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Top Couples
Hook & House
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2Square the House8
3Everyone
Half chain All face partners, take right arm, dance ½ turn around each other to face in the opposite direction. Gents face clockwise, ladies face counter-clockwise. All chain L hand, R hand etc. to meet partners in opposite place.
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4Swing8
5Slide and change All couples slide to the center & back; house halfway, to home. Repeat to opposite place. Stay on “wrong” side16
6Side Couples
Dance 1 to 5: Because the sides have also just finished housing halfway, it's much easier on the sides to go straight into the house without doing a hook or any other embellishment.
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7Everyone
House
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Added on 2011-05-29 22:05:29.
Modified on 2017-04-09 12:34:25.
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