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The Hunter Valley Set was written by James Garner of Sydney to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Newcastle Irish Set Dancers in November 2009. The Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club and its members have been involved with the various dance traditions of the Newcastle region. Newcastle, a dance published by Playford in 1651, provided inspiration for an element of the second figure. The Australian folk dance Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em, written by Noreen Grunseit in 1983. provided inspiration for an element of the fifth figure.
First side couple are on the left of first top couple. All swings are in waltz hold.
Notes by Pat Murphy. Reproduced with permission from Mr Murphy and Mr Garner.

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Figure 1: The quick fling

Reel, 160 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire, dance across All couples advance and retire once in a circle (4b) then facing left and keeping hands joined, dance clockwise to opposite places (4b). Repeat to home (8b).
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2Swing All couples swing.8
3Tops
House House around each other.
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4Fling Gents dance across, swing a turn with the opposite lady and face across the set, retaining waist hold but dropping their joined hands they form a circle of four and dance clockwise around (8b). Gents (keeping left hand in right with original partner and releasing visiting lady), retire to opposite place with partner (who dances forward), swing a turn and change to waist hold they form a circle of four, dance clockwise around and retire in waist hold in opposite places (8b).16
5Advance and retire, house at home Advance (1-2, 1-2-3) and retire once (waltz hold with joined hands) and house in place one turn.8
6Repeat 3 to 5: Finishing at home.32
7Sides
Dance 3 to 5
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8Repeat 3 to 5: Finishing at home.32
9Everyone
House House around the set.
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Figure 2: The parting glimpse

Reel, 160 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire, dance across All couples advance and retire once in a circle (4b) then facing left and keeping hands joined, dance clockwise to opposite places (4b). Repeat to home (8b).
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2Swing All couples swing.8
3Tops
House around each other.
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4Glimpse Face partner holding right hands and dance clockwise a hall-turn around (changing places) and dance past your partner (2b). Ladies dance to the centre taking left hands (low) and dance around a complete turn, while the gents dance clockwise around the outside of the set to opposite places (behind the side couples) (4b). Gents turn their partner anticlockwise into the centre of the set with right hands and form a basket (2b).8
5Swing in four Swing in four (basket) in the centre (6b) and retire to opposite places with partner in waist hold (2 bars).8
6Advance and retire, house at home Advance (1-2, 1-2-3) and retire once (waltz hold with joined hands) and house in place one turn.8
7House House around each other.8
8Glimpse Face partner holding left hands and dance clockwise a half-turn around (changing places) and dance past your partner (2b). Gents dance to the centre taking right arms and dance around a complete turn, while the ladies dance anticlockwise around the outside of the set to opposite places (behind the side couples) (4b). Gents turn their partner clockwise into the centre of the set with left hands and form a basket (2 bars).8
9Swing in four Swing in four (basket) in the centre and retire to home with partner in waist hold.8
10Advance and retire, house at home Advance and retire and house at home one turn.8
11Sides
Dance 3 to 10
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12Everyone
House House around the set.
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Figure 3: The star-chain

Reel, 160 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire, dance across All couples advance and retire once in a circle (4b) then facing left and keeping hands joined, dance clockwise to opposite places (4b). Repeat to home (8b).
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2Swing All couples swing.8
31st Tops
House inside House inside the set.
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4Tops
Star-Chain Form a right hand star. Gents taking hands across the set, grasping fingers, not quite a handshake grip and ladies do the same above the gents hands or they can place their hands palm down over the gents. Dance clockwise around (4b). Gents retire slightly to home while the ladies continue the star, chaining around to face the opposite gent, taking left hands and dancing around anticlockwise to face into the set again (with the gent following the lady around) (4b). Couples form a left hand star and dance antíclockwise around (4b). Gents retire to home while ladies chain to partner. Gents turn the ladies under anticlockwise with right hands into place (4 bars).
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5Advance and retire, house at home Advance (1-2, 1-2-3) and retire once (waltz hold with joined hands) and house in place one turn.8
62nd Tops
Dance 3 to 5
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71st Sides
Dance 3 to 5
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82nd Sides
Dance 3 to 5
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9Everyone
House House around the set.
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Figure 4: The crossing

Jig, 128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire, dance across All couples advance and retire once in a circle (4b) then facing left and keeping hands joined, dance clockwise to opposite places (4b). Repeat to home (8b).
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2Swing All couples swing.8
3Tops
House inside the set.
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4Advance and retire, house at home Advance (1-2, 1-2-3) and retire once (waltz hold with joined hands) and house in place one turn.8
5Star Form a right hand star and dance clockwise around (ladies’ hand supported by gents) (4b). Ladies take left hands and dance anticlockwise around finishing in the opposite place. [Suggested timing: change hands and direction (1b), dance around (2b). form arches (1b).] Meanwhile, the leading gents (drop hands) dance under an arch made by the couple on the left (made by taking right hands) and dance clockwise around the set to opposite place. Gents take right hands with their partner while ladies keep left hands, thereby forming a line of four across the set with gents and ladles facing opposite directions. (4 bars)8
6Sides
Crossing Advance holding right hands and retire with gents turning the ladies anticlockwise (in the last 2 bars) bringing right hand onto right shoulder (4b) and dance anticlockwise around under the arch made by the top couple on the right to opposite place (4b). Side couples turn the ladies anticlockwise to face into the set, bringing right hands over in front and top gents turn the ladies anticlockwise to place facing into the set (in the last 2 bars).
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7Everyone
Star Advance holding right hands and retire with gents turning the ladies anticlockwise (in the last 2 bars) bringing right hand onto right shoulder (4b) and dance anticlockwise halfway around the set. Gents turn the ladies anticlockwise to face into the set, bringing right hands over in front (4b). All couples finish in home places.
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8 Swing.8
9Sides
Dance 3 to 8: With sides leading.
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10Everyone
House House around the set.
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Figure 5: The valley tradition

Polka, 224 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: In this progressive figure, the ladies remain either top or side ladies at the start of each of the four iterations, while the gents progress around the set. Top or side refers to those dancers currently in those places.
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1Everyone
Advance and retire, dance across All couples advance and retire once in a circle (4b) then facing left and keeping hands joined, dance clockwise to opposite places (4b). Repeat to home (8b).
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2Swing All couples swing.8
3Meet and Greet Top couples advance holding right hands and retire with gents turning the ladies anticlockwise (in the last 2 bars) bringing right hand onto right shoulder (4b) meanwhile side couples dance around outside the set anticlockwise to opposite places in right shoulder hold with lady leading. The side gents finish by bringing right hands over to be in front at waist height (4b). Top couples dance around to opposite places while side couples advance and retire once (4b). Top couples advance and retire once while side couples dance around to home (4b). Top couples dance around to home while side couples advance and retire once (without turning the lady) (4b).16
4Tops
Steal The Ladies In waltz hold, slide in (1-2, 1-2) and gents take the opposite lady’s right hand in left and bring her across in 1ron of him turning her clockwise into waltz hold they both slide out to the gent’s place (4b) and house in place (4b).
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5Sides
Steal The Ladies In waltz hold, slide in (1-2, 1-2) and gents take the opposite lady’s right hand in left and bring her across in 1ron of him turning her clockwise into waltz hold they both slide out to the gent’s place (4b) and house in place (4b). Ladies will now be in opposite places.
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6Everyone
Swing Swing.
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7The Chase Ladies take hands to form a circle and dance clockwise around inside the set, while the gents dance three quarters anticlockwise around outside the set until they reach the position on their original left (6b). Gents take the ladies’ right hand in right and turn the lady into place (2b). Top ladies turn under to finish facing into the set, while side ladies turn to face around the set in right shoulder hold.8
8Repeat 3 to 7: With top ladies and current partner leading but top ladies finish facing around the set in right shoulder hold, while side ladies finish facing into the set, right hand in right. [Ladies will now be in home places and gents in opposite place].48
9Repeat 3 to 7: Side ladies with current partner lead. Side couples advance and retire first while top couples dance around. Side ladies cross before top ladies. Side ladies turn under to finish facing into the set, while top ladies turn to face around the set.48
10Repeat 3 to 7: Side ladies with current partner lead. Side couples advance and retire first while top couples dance around. Side ladies cross before top ladies. All finish in original places.48
11Swing All couples swing.8

Added on 2013-11-02 23:19:45.
Modified on 2014-03-26 08:09:16.
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