Clare Plain Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:


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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1 Everyone
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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2 Dance at Home Turning twice 8
3 Top 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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4 Dance at Home Turning twice 8
5 Ladies 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
6 Half 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
7 Everyone
Dance at Home
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8 Side Couples
Dance 3 to 6
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9 Everyone
Dance at Home
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10 House 8

Figure 2: Turn The Ladies (Reel)

120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
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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2 Dance at Home Turning twice 8
3 Top 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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4 Advance, 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
5 Dance at Home Turning twice 8
6 Repeat 3 to 5 All couples dancing at home the second time. 24
7 Side Couples
Dance 3 to 5
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8 Repeat 3 to 5 All couples dancing at home the second time. 24
9 Everyone
House Around
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Figure 3: Chase The Ladies (Reel)

168 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
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.
8
2 Dance at Home Turning twice 8
3 Top Couples
Ladies cross over Ladies cross left shoulder to left and dance with opposite gent at his home
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4 Gents 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
5 Adv. & retire twice Crossed hand hold 8
6 Adv 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 set 8
7 Repeat 3 to 6 32
8 Everyone
Dance at Home Turning twice
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9 Side Couples
Dance 3 to 6 Repeat 2x
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10 Everyone
House Around
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Figure 4: Wheelbarrow (Reel)

248 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
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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2 Dance at Home Turning twice 8
3 Top Couples
Ladies chain
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4 Dance at Home 8
5 Show 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
6 Wheelbarrow 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
7 Little Christmas Swing in four retiring to home after 6 bars 8
8 Repeat 3 to 7 With 2nd top couple leading. 48
9 Ladies chain 8
10 Everyone
Dance at Home
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11 Side Couples
Dance 3 to 7 1st (on left of 1st tops) and 2nd side couples leading in turn.
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12 Everyone
House Around
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Figure 5: Gallop (Jig)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead Around
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2 Swing 8
3 House around 8
4 Gallop 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
5 Double 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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6 Swing 8
7 Repeat 3-6 until home with original partner 96
8 House Around 8

Figure 6: Ladies In (Reel)

184 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead Around
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2 Dance at Home 8
3 House Around 8
4 Dance at Home 8
5 Ladies adv & retire twice 8
6 Gents 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
7 Dance at Home 8
8 Repeat 3 to 7 Note that gents alternate star R & L the first time, L & R the second, each time through. 120
9 House Around 8
Added on 2011-04-27 19:01:46.
Modified on 2017-11-20 15:00:32.
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