Foraer A Neaintin

Category: Irish Set
Description:


This set is also known as the Connemara Jig Set and some references call it Freres Nantais and was revived by Seamus O Meoloid. It was originally danced as a half set. Notes originally added from Toss The Feathers by Pat Murphy, reproduced with permission.

The “hug” swing is done with the right hand on the partner’s waist and left hand holding their right elbow or upper arm.

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Figure 1: Tug and cross (Jig)

280 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Circle Advance & Retire 2x Circle, advance and retire twice, dancing 1-2-3-4, in and back.
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2 Lead Around Tug & Swing Each gent brings his right hand clockwise over his partner's head, leaving it on her right shoulder and taking her left hand in front too. All lead around anti-clockwise. On the last bars, the gent brings his arm forward over the lady's head as they face each other, holding both hands. They both dance one step back, pulling against each other; then they take one step forward, pulling each other forward (the tug) and swing. They hug each other as they swing.  Another way to think of this movement is the "tug and hug." 16
3 Tops
Advance & Return 2x Holding crossed hands in front, top couples advance facing in and retire facing out, twice. The motion is similar to Shoe The Donkey with an advance, 2, 3, turn out, advance 2, 3, turn in, repeat.
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4 Lead Around Top couples lead around anticlockwise, with each gent's arm over the lady's shoulder, holding both hands. 8
5 Tug & Swing Corner Couples face their partners, tug, dance one step back; then change places, crossing clockwise (2b). They tug again and dance back to their own side, facing towards their own corner as they go back (2b) and swing the person in the corner (4b). 8
6 Everyone
Advance & Return 2x With the dancers facing their own partners, all advance and retire twice with their swinging partner.
8
7 Lead Around With their new partner, all lead around the couple facing them. 8
8 Tug & Swing Partner All tug in the corner (2b); then cross back, gents on the inside, and swing their own partners (6b). 8
9 Sides
Dance 2 to 8 Side couples leading.
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10 Tops
Dance 2 to 8 Top couples leading.
64
11 Sides
Dance 2 to 8 Side couples leading.
64
12 Everyone
Lead Around & Swing All lead around and swing.
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Figure 2: Half chain (Jig)

248 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Circle Advance & Retire 2x Circle, advance and retire twice.
8
2 Lead Around Tug & Swing Lead around, tug and swing. 16
3 Tops
Chain Halfway Ladies chain, right arm in the centre, left hand to opposite gent, dancing around him as he turns anti-clockwise to place his arm over her shoulder, taking her right hand too (4b); then lead across anticlockwise to each lady's original position (4b).
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4 Chain Home Ladies chain back to their own partners. 8
5 Advance & Return 2x Advance and retire twice. 8
6 Lead Around Inside 8
7 Tug & Swing Couples tug and swing. 8
8 Sides
Dance 2 to 7 Repeat with side couples leading.
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9 Tops
Dance 2 to 7 Repeat with top couples leading.
56
10 Sides
Dance 2 to 7 Repeat with side couples leading.
56
11 Everyone
Lead around and swing
16

Figure 3: Full chain (Single Jig)

256 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Tops
Advance & Return 2x
8
2 Ladies Chain Ladies chain, right arm in the centre, left arm to opposite gent, right hand on the way back and left hand to their own partner, going around him as he turns and places his arm over her shoulder. 8
3 Lead around the centre 8
4 Tug and swing 8
5 Sides
Dance 1 to 4
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6 Tops
Advance, Return & Cross Holding both hands, couples advance, retire and cross (anti-clockwise), each lady turning clockwise once under the gent's right hand.
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7 Advance, Return & Cross home Couples advance and retire holding both hands 8
8 Swing in Four Swing in four in the centre. 8
9 Ladies chain 8
10 Lead around, tug and swing 16
11 Sides
Dance 6 to 10
48
12 Tops
Dance 6 to 10
48
13 Sides
Dance 6 to 10
48

Figure 4: Gates (Hornpipe)

176 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Circle, Advance & Retire 2x
8
2 House around 8
3 1st Tops
Show The Lady Holding right hands, top gent turns the lady clockwise four times, as they dance anticlockwise around inside the set.
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4 1st top gent
Advance & Retire 2x With Corner Holding near hands with his own partner and the lady on his left, top gent advances and retires twice.
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5 Gates Gent and the two ladies dance the high gates. With the gent following each time, side lady passes under the arch 8
6 1st Sides
Dance 1 to 5 Repeat with first side couple (on the right)
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7 2nd Tops
Dance 1 to 5
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8 2nd Sides
Dance 1 to 5
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9 Everyone
Circle, Advance & Retire 2x
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10 House around 8

Figure 5: Foraer a neaintin (Polka)

136 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Circle, Advance & Retire 2x
8
2 Lead Around Lead around in waltz hold, facing forward without turning. 8
3 Dance in Place Turning twice. 8
4 Adv & Retire, Ladies Move On All circle, advance, retire, advance and each gent turns (anti-clockwise) to the lady on his left, placing his right arm around her waist as she moves forward on the outside, to join him in waltz hold. 8
5 Lead Around Lead around in waltz hold with new partners. 8
6 Dance At Home All dance at home with their new partners. 8
7 Dance 4 to 6 Repeat until dancing at home with own original partners again. 72
8 Circle, Advance & Retire 2x 8
9 Hug Swing Swing (hug) to finish. 8
Added on 2016-08-09 09:21:43.
Modified on 2017-02-13 13:42:23.
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