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Also known as the “Plain Set”.  You’ll find this danced at most ceilis worldwide.
First side couple is on the left of first tops and the Clare-style reel step is used for the reel figures and the “rising jig” step for the jig figures.

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Figure 1: Pass Through

Reel, 104 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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Lead Around Anti-clockwise, with crossed hand hold, gents turn the ladies clockwise under both arms and into waltz hold on the last 2 bars.
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2Dance at Home Turning twice8
3Top Couples
Pass Through, Change places, pass back Partners drop hands and couples dance through each other, R to R, ladies in the center (2b). On reaching the opposite position, partners take R hands and the lady turns under the gents arm while they change places (2b).
Repeat this movement back to place (4b).
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4Dance at Home Turning twice8
5Ladies Chain Ladies take light hands in the centre and left to opposite gent who turns her clockwise underarm and dances around her. Ladies pass back right to right, give right hands to partners, and turn underarm to face centre with crossed hand hold in front.8
6Half lead around & pass back couples lead around anti-clockwise (2b). Partners change places, the ladies turning clockwise under both the gents arms, to face the centre (2b). Partners drop hands and dance home by continuing with the second half of the Pass Through.8
7Everyone
Dance at Home
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8Side Couples
Dance 3 to 6: Side couples dance
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9Everyone
Dance at Home
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10House8

Figure 2: Turn The Ladies

Reel, 120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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Lead Around Anti-clockwise, with crossed hand hold, gents turning the ladies clockwise under both arms and into waltz hold on the last 2 bars.
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2Dance at Home Turning twice8
3Top Couples
Advance, retire & turn across Advance, retire (4 bars), R hand in R, and turn across to the opposite place, gents passing each other L to L behind their partners while the ladies turn 1½ turns clockwise under R arm to face centre (4 bars).
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4Advance, retire & turn home Advance, retire (4 bars), R hand in R, and turn across back to home, gents passing each other L to L behind their partners while the ladies turn 1½ turns clockwise under R arm to face centre (4 bars).8
5Dance at Home Turning twice8
6Repeat 3 to 5: All couples dancing at home the second time.24
7Side Couples
Dance 3 to 5
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8Repeat 3 to 5: All couples dancing at home the second time.24
9Everyone
House Around
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Figure 3: Chase The Ladies

Reel, 168 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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Lead Around Anti-clockwise, with crossed hand hold, gents turn the ladies clockwise under both arms and into waltz hold on the last 2 bars.
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2Dance at Home Turning twice8
3Top Couples
Ladies cross over Ladies cross left shoulder to left and dance with opposite gent at his home
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4Gents chase Gents cross straight over to own lady and with right hand turn her counter-clockwise once into the gents position, switch hands and with left hand turn clockwise twice to change places. Some people of the Karate Kid generation refer to this as the "wax on, wax off" movement.8
5Adv. & retire twice Crossed hand hold8
6Adv to R, retire, house home In waltz hold, advance to the couple on the right, retire home and house to the opposite side of the set8
7Repeat 3 to 632
8Everyone
Dance at Home Turning twice
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9Side Couples
Dance movements 3 to 8
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10Everyone
House Around
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Figure 4: Wheelbarrow

Reel, 248 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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Lead Around Anti-clockwise, with crossed hand hold, gents turn the ladies clockwise under both arms and into waltz hold on the last 2 bars.
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2Dance at Home Turning twice8
3Top Couples
Ladies chain
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4Dance at Home8
5Show the lady First top couple house inside the set, ending with the lady alongside the 2nd gent on the 7th bar. 1st gen takes inside hands of both ladies while 2nd gent takes outside hands. Note that the inside hands must be underneath.8
6Wheelbarrow The formation retires, advances and retires followed by the gen turning the ladies under with the two ladies ending beside the first gent. Repeat, ending in a circle of four or little christmas.16
7Little Christmas Swing in four retiring to home after 6 bars8
8Repeat 3 to 7: With 2nd top couple leading.48
9Ladies chain8
10Everyone
Dance at Home
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11Side Couples
Dance movements 3 to 10
1st (on left of 1st tops) and 2nd side couples leading in turn.
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12Everyone
House Around
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Figure 5: Gallop

Jig, 152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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Lead Around
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2Swing8
3House around8
4Gallop In waltz hold sidestep across the set, gents passing back to back with hop 1234567 in 2 bars. Side couples gallop. (2 bars) Top couples gallop back to place, ladies back to back. Side couples gallop back to place, ladies back to back.8
5Double ladies chain Top ladies take right hands in the centre and chain to the opposite gent. As they reach the centre, side ladies begin the same movement.
All ladies give left hand to the opposite gent and turn clockwise under his arm as he dances anti-clockwise around them, all turning at the same time.
Ladies dance on to the gent right of the place they chained from, giving right hand and turning once anti-clockwise under his arm and into waltz hold
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6Swing8
7Repeat 3-6 until home with original partner96
8House Around8

Figure 6: Ladies In

Reel, 184 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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Lead Around
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2Dance at Home8
3House Around8
4Dance at Home8
5Ladies adv & retire twice8
6Gents right & left star Gents take right hands in the centre and wheel half way around the set, turn on bar 5 and wheel left hands back to place. On the last 4 bars, the ladies dance around to the next place on their right and face the new gent in waltz hold.8
7Dance at Home8
8Repeat 3 to 7: Repeat until back with original partner. Note that gents alternate star R & L the first time, L & R the second, each time through.120
9House Around8

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Modified on 2017-01-04 13:14:38.
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