Bonfire Dance

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Category: Irish, Ceili/Ceilidh


This is a round dance for at least six couples (preferably more!).  It was traditionally danced around the Bonfire on St. John´s Eve.
All stand in a ring, ladies on the right of their partners.
Tagged: Ar Rince Foirne

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Reel, 88 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire While all holding hands slowly advance for four bars, then retire for four bars.
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2Rings Right While holding hands everyone sevens to the right, dance two short threes.  Sevens back to the left and end with two short threes.8
3Advance and retire While all holding hands gradually advance four times and then retire four times.8
4Rings Left While holding hands everyone sevens to the left, dance two short threes.  Sevens back to the right and end with two short threes.  While dancing the final threes, turn to face your partner.8
5Sidestep in and out Everyone sidestep to their own right and back to place without dancing threes.4
6Link right arms Link right arms with your partner, promenade clockwise halfway.  Switch arms and promenade counter-clockwise back to place.4
7Sidestep in and out Everyone sidestep to their own left and back to place without dancing threes.4
8Link left arms Link left arms with your partner, promenade counter-clockwise halfway.  Switch arms and promenade clockwise back to place.4
9Ladies Rose While the ladies are dancing the gents should stand in place with their left hand on their hip and right toe pointed slightly forward.

Ladies slowly advance with promenade step (4b). Take hands on the last three, sidestep counter-clockwise and dance two threes while turning right to face out toward the gents (4b).

Take hands and sidestep clockwise, finishing with two short threes.

Ladies advance outward and take right hands with their partner and both turn clockwise to finish in their original positions (4b).
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10Gents Rose While the gents are dancing the ladies should stand in place with their left hand on their hip and right toe pointed slightly forward.

Gents slowly advance with promenade step (4b). Take hands on the last three, sidestep clockwise (note the difference from the ladies rose) and dance two threes while turning right to face out toward the ladies (4b).

Take hands and sidestep counter-clockwise, finishing with two short threes.

Gents advance outward and take right hands with their partner and both turn clockwise to finish in their original positions (4b).
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11Swing and change partners Partners take crossed hands and swing slowly for 4 bars to change places so that the lady is on the left of her gent. Partners now bow to each other (1b), gents turn clockwise and ladies counter-clockwise to face a new partner (1b). Bow to their new partner,  face in and everyone take hands.
The dance is now repeated from the beginning.
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Added on 2011-11-28 19:37:06.
Modified on 2016-03-27 09:12:00.
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