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 Couples take crossed hand hold, turn to face counter clockwise forming a plus (+) sign, and lead all the way around the set, turning the lady into place on the last 2 bars.  Keep holding both hands when turning the lady.
8
2 Body In waltz hold, couples jump or heel drop loudly toward the set's center and kick the outside foot (ladies' L, gents' R) (1b).  Dance away from the center normally on bar 2.  House on to the next position around the set.
Patter:  Jump, KICK, out-2-3; turn-2-3 and turn-2-3
16
3 House House around the set in waltz hold. 8
4 Top Couples
House House around opposite couple.
8
5 Square the set Top couples travel diagonally right, a little past the couple on their right, in waltz hold with the lady backing up.  Footwork is step, step, step-2-kick, ladies starting with the right foot and gents with the left (2b).  Turn clockwise on the kick so the gent backs up as the couple repeats the footwork across their opposite's position (2b).  House to home, turning twice (4b). 8
6 Ladies chain Ladies chain with low hands to lady and opposite gent, turning counter clockwise with the opposite gent, and ladies passing without taking hands to return home.  There are no arm swooshes. 8
7 Swing Dancing couples swing in place, waltz hold. 8
8 Everyone
Body In waltz hold, couples jump or heel drop loudly toward the set's center and kick the inside foot (1b).  Dance away from the center normally on bar 2.  House on to the next position around the set.
Patter:  Jump, KICK, out-2-3; turn-2-3 and turn-2-3
16
9 House, waltz hold House around the set in waltz hold. 8
10 Side Couples
Dance 4 to 7
32
11 Everyone
Body In waltz hold, couples jump or heel drop loudly toward the set's center and kick the inside foot (1b).  Dance away from the center normally on bar 2.  House on to the next position around the set.
Patter:  Jump, KICK, out-2-3; turn-2-3 and turn-2-3
16
12 House House around the set in waltz hold. 8

Figure 2: Two Squares (Polka)

128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead around As in the first figure.
8
2 Body Waltz hold jump kick as in first figure. 16
3 House 8
4 Top Couples
House House around the opposite couple
8
5 Square twice As in 5 in the first figure, dancing with the opposite couple twice in succession. 16
6 Everyone
Body Waltz hold jump kick as in first figure.
16
7 House 8
8 Side Couples
Dance 4 and 5
24
9 Everyone
Body Waltz hold jump kick as in first figure.
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 Around each other
8
5 Square 8
6 Advance and retire Right hand in right (4b).  As they retire, each lady crosses inside to her partner's left side, still holding hands and facing forward as the gent backs into the ladies position.  Both couples cross to the opposite side, passing right shoulder to right with the opposite person (4b). Repeat to return home. 16
7 Swing In waltz hold. 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 Top gents take left hands in the center, place their right arms around their partners and lead around.
8
2 House House around each other 8
3 Square four times Dance the full square as in movement five of the first figure, 4 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 Gents place their right arm around their partners' waist, ladies left hand on his shoulder.  Everyone dance to the position on the right without turning using a hop-1-2-3, hop-1-2-3 step.  Take a 'double hold' with gents hands on the ladies' waist, her hands on each shoulder.  Double to the opposite position (first tops double to second top position and so on).  Repeat all movements three times, going around the set twice altogether.
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2 Double house Double all the way around the set 8
3 Ladies walk on Ladies walk to the gent on the right of their position while the gents stand in place. 8
4 Repeat 1 to 3 Repeat until the ladies are back with their original partners 96
5 Barndance Repeat the barndance 16
6 Double house Double all the way around the set 8
Added on 2011-11-05 11:10:34.
Modified on 2015-08-24 21:01:34.
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