High Cauled Cap

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Category: Irish, Ceili/Ceilidh

Danced to the tune High Cauled Cap.  Should be played lively.
Dancers start out in a set formation of 8 dancers.  Leading (1st) sides are to the left of leading tops.
Fun fact: The Caul refers not to a gents or ladies’ hat but rather to a rare cap left on a baby’s head after birth.
Tag: Ar Rince Foirne

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The following video isn’t strictly by the book but they’re having a great time and have thrown in some set battering for extra flair.
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Reel, 568 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around As in the 4-hand reel.  Dancers take inside hands, raise them to head height with elbows bent and lead around counter-clockwise back to place (8b), turn in place to face clockwise and lead clockwise back home.  Face into the set, taking inside hands.
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2Sides All holding partner's nearest hand, leading and opposite tops sidestep to the right (behind), while at the same time leading and opposite sides sidestep to the left (2b). Finish with two short threes (2b).  All repeat the sidestep (sevens) and threes, tops continuing counter-clockwise and sides clockwise, to travel around the figure and back into home position (12b).16
3Double Quarter Chain Gents take partners right hand in right and both turn once in place clockwise (2b), gents chain with left hand to lady on the left (2b) both turn in place counter-clockwise (2b); chain back to own partner with right hand (2b), turning in place clockwise.
Continue the chain with left hand to the lady on right (2b), both turn once in place (2b), chain back to partner with right hand (2b), both turn once in place (2b).
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4Ladies Interlace Each lady promenades in front of her partner toward the gent on the left (2b), passes behind, around and in front of him (2b), dances towards own partner (2b) and behind him to home position (2b). All gents stand in place.
Ladies take right hands in the center, dance clockwise 3/4 of the way around (4b), and take left hands with the gent they reach before their own partner while dropping the other ladies' hands. All turn once in place counter-clockwise with temporary partners, then ladies dance to their own partners, catching right hands and turning clockwise into home position (4b).
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5Gentlemans Interlace Each gent promenades in front of his partner towards the lady on the right (2b), passes behind, around and in front of her (2b), dances towards own partner (2b), and behind her to home position (2b), all while the ladies stand in place.
Gents take right hands in the center, dance clockwise 3/4 of the way around (4b), take left hands with the lady they reach before their original position, and drop other gents' hands. Gents turn temporary partners once in place counter-clockwise (2b), dance on to their own partner and turn into place with right hands (2b).
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6Stamp and Clap All stamp twice with the right foot (1b), clap hands three times (1b). Repeat (2b). Partners change places using sevens (2b), end with two short threes (2b). All stamp twice with the right foot (1b), clap hands three times (1b). Repeat (2b). Sevens back to place (2b) ending with two short threes (2b).16
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First Figure: Sidestep and interlace Leading couple faces each other, take right hands and sidestep towards opposite couple, ending with two short threes (4b). Sevens back to home ending with two short threes (4b).
The couple turns once in place (2b), releases hands, and the gentleman dances through the couple on the left, around the corner lady, and to home while the lady dances through the couple on the right, around her corner gent, and back home (4b),
both taking right hands and turning into place (2b).
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82nd Tops
First Figure: Sidestep and interlace
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91st Sides
First Figure: Sidestep and interlace
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102nd Sides
First Figure: Sidestep and interlace
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11Everyone
Dance 2 to 6: Repeat the Body
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121st Tops
Second Figure: Circle and Cross / Gents Chain Leading tops advance to the opposite couple (2b), lady passes through and around opposite gent while gent passes around opposite lady (2b); Gent allows the lady to pass through ahead of him.
All four take right hands across and dance clockwise (2b); releasing hands with non-partners, leading tops take hands and dance back to place, turning, while opposite tops turn once in place (2b).
Gentlemen pass by left shoulders and dance toward the opposite ladies (2b); take left hands and dance around each other counter-clockwise (2b);
Gents dance back to place, passing by right shoulders (2b); take partner´s right hand and turn in place (2b).
In crossed-hand hold, both couples dance a circle counter-clockwise around each other and back to place (8b).

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132nd Tops
Second Figure: Circle and Cross / Gents Chain

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141st Sides
Second Figure: Circle and Cross / Gents Chain

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152nd Sides
Second Figure: Circle and Cross / Gents Chain

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16Everyone
Dance 2 to 6: Repeat the Body
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17Top Couples
Third Figure: Ladies Chain Ladies advance and take right hands in in the center briefly, continue on to opposite gent and take left hands, both turn counter-clockwise in place.
Ladies dance past each other and back to their partner, taking right hands and turning in place (8b).
Taking crossed-hand hold, top couples swing around each other and back to place (8b).
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18Side Couples
Third Figure: Ladies Chain
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19Everyone
Dance 2 to 6: Repeat the Body
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2040 Bar Finish Everyone join hands in circle, advance to the center (2b), retire (2), repeat (4b).
Everyone sidestep counter-clockwise, finishing with two short threes (4b), repeat clockwise (4b).
Advance and retire twice again (8b).
Everyone sidestep clockwise and back (8b).
Each couple takes hands and swing (house) counter-clockwise and back to home (8b).
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Added on 2011-09-18 10:14:38.
Modified on 2016-02-08 16:28:53.
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