Coomhola Set

Category: Irish Set
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This lovely set from the Coomhola / Borlin Valley in West Cork was shared with me by John Levis and his dancers.
Notes from Pat Murphy as given at the workshop during Toronto Reel Blast 2013, reproduced with permission.

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Figure 1: Star (Polka)

104 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Tops
Advance & retire twice Ladies with their left hand on the gent’s right shoulder and gents with their right hand on the lady’s waist. At the same time side couples dance two threes on the spot, turning to face their partners.
8
2 Swing In céilí hold. 8
3 Ladies
Star to opposite gent The four ladies join right hands in a star in the centre and dance slowly across to turn left hand in left around the opposite gent.
8
4 Star home The four ladies star with right hands in the centre again and dance back to face their partners in their own places. They do not turn around their own partners. 8
5 Everyone
Swing In céilí hold in place.
8
6 Sides
Dance 1 to 5 Sides only dance first two movements
40
7 Everyone
Body In waltz hold, all dance the body or polka. They dance one step to the centre and back, then turn clockwise into the next position on the right. They now repeat the movements three times as they dance around to home.
16
8 House 8

Figure 2: Diamond (Slide)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Body In waltz hold, all couples slide to the centre and back, then house across to opposite positions. They now slide to the centre and back again and house back to their own places.
16
2 1st Tops
Diamond In waltz hold, they slide forward to face the couple on their right, turn slightly clockwise and slide, starting on their other foot to finish in front of the opposite couple, facing back towards their own places (4b). They now complete the diamond, sliding forward to face the couple left of their own places and turn slightly again to finally slide back to their own places.
8
3 Everyone
Body
16
4 1st Sides
Diamond
8
5 Everyone
Body
16
6 2nd Tops
Diamond
8
7 Everyone
Body
16
8 2nd Sides
Diamond
8
9 Everyone
Body
16

Figure 3: Swing & cross (Polka)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Tops
Advance and swing First top lady and second top gent advance to swing in ceili hold in the centre.
8
2 Lead across The swinging couple retire to place taking their own partners two hands (2b), then lead across on the right (4b) and the lady turns clockwise under the gent’s raised hands into place at the other side (2b). 8
3 Advance and swing First top lady and second top gent advance to swing in céilí hold in the centre again. 8
4 Lead across The swinging couple retire to place taking their own partners two hands (2b), then lead across on the right (4b) and the lady turns clockwise under the gent’s raised hands into place back at their own side (2b). 8
5 Dance 1 to 4 With the other lady and gent swinging in the centre. 32
6 Sides
Dance 1 to 4 First side lady (on the left) and opposite gent swinging.
32
7 Dance 1 to 4 Second side lady (on the right) and opposite gent swinging. 32
8 Everyone
Body In waltz hold, all dance the body or polka. They dance one step to the centre and back, then turn clockwise into the next position on the right. They now repeat the movements three times as they dance around to home.
16
9 House All couples house to finish. 8

Figure 4: Christmas (Polka)

248 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Tops
Ladies chain Ladies chain with raised right hands in the centre, turn with left hand in left around the opposite gent and dance back home passing right shoulder to right.
8
2 Swing In place in waltz hold. 8
3 Turn and drop off the lady Both couples slide to the centre and back (4b). Then, while second couple dance at home turning once in place, first couple house across and leave the lady in beside the second gent, on his left hand side. The second top gent now places his arms over the ladies’ shoulders, taking their outside hands, while first top gent takes the ladies other hands as he faces the line of three. 8
4 Advance, retire, turn in The line of three advances to opposite position as the top gent retires (4b), then they retire again to the centre as he advances (2 bars) and the ladies turn to face in, top lady turning anticlockwise and second lady turning clockwise (2b). 8
5 Swing in four Placing their hands around the waist, top couples swing in four (8b) in the centre. 8
6 Ladies chain Top ladies chain again. 8
7 Swing Top couples swing in place in waltz hold. 8
8 Sides
Dance 1 to 7 First side couple are on the right of tirst tops.
56
9 Tops
Dance 1 to 7 With Second lop Couple leading.
56
10 Sides
Dance 1 to 7 Second side couple leading.
56
11 Everyone
Body
16
12 House 8

Figure 5: Circle (Slide)

144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Slide in, back, house across In waltz hold, all couples slide to the centre and back, then house across to opposite positions. They now slide to the centre and back again and house back to their own places.
16
2 Swing In céilí hold. 8
3 Circle, advance, retire, ladies move on All circle, advance and retire (4b). Advance again and as the gents retire, ladies move on the inside one position on to the right (4b). 8
4 Dance 1 to 3 Ladies moving to the positions opposite their own. 32
5 Dance 1 to 3 Ladies moving to the position left of their own. 32
6 Dance 1 to 3 Ladies moving back to their own original places. 32
7 Slide in, back, house across In waltz hold, all couples slide to the centre and back, then house across to opposite positions. They now slide to the centre and back again and house back to their own places. 16

Figure 6: Lead around (Polka)

256 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead around Gents place their right arm around the lady’s waist and ladies place their left hand on the gents near shoulder as all couples face anticlockwise around the set. From this position, all couples lead around.
8
2 Body All couples dance the body or polka. They dance one step to the centre and back, then turn clockwise into the next position on the right. They now repeat the movements three times as they dance around to home. 16
3 House 8
4 Ladies
Ladies star Taking right hands in the centre and dance half way around. They now turn, join left hands and dance back, moving on one position to the right.
8
5 Gents
Gents star Taking right hands in the centre and dancing half way around. They now turn, take left hands and dance back to their own places
8
6 Everyone
Swing With their new partners in ceili hold (6b) and turn into the lead around position with their new partners.
8
7 Dance 1 to 6 Until the ladies are back Swinging with their own partners again. 168
8 Lead around Gents place their right arm around the lady’s waist and ladies place their left hand on the gents near shoulder as all couples face anticlockwise around the set. From this position, all couples lead around. 8
9 Body All couples dance the body or polka. They dance one step to the centre and back, then turn clockwise into the next position on the right. They now repeat the movements three times as they dance around to home. 16
10 House 8

Figure 7: Gents on (Slide)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Slide in, back, house across In waltz hold, all four couples slide to the centre and back, then house to opposite positions.
8
2 Slide in, back, house home All four couples slide to the centre and back, then house back to home. 8
3 Ladies star and gents move on The four ladies join right hands in a star in the centre and dance all the way around to home. While ladies dance the star the four men dance in place facing their partner’s position and on the last two bars, men dance forward to the next gent’s position on their right. 8
4 Dance 1 to 3 Starting with their new partners, until all gents are back with their own partners again. 72
5 Slide in, back, house across Back with their partners, in waltz hold, all four couples slide to the centre and back, then house to opposite positions. 8
6 Slide in, back, house home All four couples slide to the centre and back, then house back to home. 8
Added on 2013-06-10 16:58:57.
Modified on 2017-04-23 10:25:13.
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