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This set comes from Labasheeda in County Clare, where it was known as the Reel Set.
Notes from Toss the Feathers by Pat Murphy, reproduced with permission.

It’s not unusual to find that both versions of figure 5 are danced during a ceili.  Make sure you find out if that’s going to be the case before you move on to figure 6!

First sides are to the left of first tops.

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The following video includes both versions for figure 5
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Figure 1: Show the ladies

Reel, 184 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around Holding joined hands in front, all couples lead around anticlockwise, turn the lady clockwise under the gents arms and swing in waltz hold.
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21st Tops
Show the lady First top couple house inside, facing the couple on their left after six bars. Then they turn again and the gent leaves the lady between the side couple and takes the side lady in her place. The side lady should move out during the last two bars.
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Dance movement 2: The top gent now houses with each lady in turn, leaving each one in the next position on the left and taking the next lady in her place. He brings the fourth lady back to his own position.
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4Everyone
Swing with new partners
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5Swing the ladies First side gent (on the left), second top gent and second side gent now house with all the ladies in turn bringing each lady on one place to the left each time. After each round, all couples swing.120
6House8

Figure 2: High gates

Reel, 120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around and swing All couples lead around and swing.
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21st Tops
House inside
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3High Gates The top gent takes the near hand of his own partner and the lady on his left. He raises his left arm and his own partner dances under the arch; then he raises his right arm and the side lady dances under. Finally he raises his left arm again and his own partner dances under again. Each time, the gent follows the lady under the arch.8
4Everyone
Swing
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5Repeat 2 to 4: three times, with first side couple, second top couple and second side couple leading. All swing each time.72
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Figure 3: Little Christmas

Reel, 120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around and swing
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21st Tops
House inside
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3Swing in four swing in four with couple on their left.8
4Everyone
Swing
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5Repeat 2 to 4: with first side couple, second top couple and second top couple leading. All couples swing each time.72
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Figure 4: Show the gents

Reel, 184 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around and swing
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21st Tops
Show the gents First top couple house inside, facing the couple on their left after six bars. The the gent dances in between the side couple and the side gent moves out to house with the top lady. She houses with all the gents in turn, bringing each of them on one position and keeping the last gent.
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3Everyone
Swing
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4Repeat 2 and 3: First side lady, second top lady and second side lady dance with the gents in turn and all swing after each is finished.120
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Figure 5: 5a. The Jig

Jig, 168 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: See below for an alternate 5th figure
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1Everyone
House around and swing
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2Top Couples
House around each other
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3Adv and cross Top couples advance and retire; then ladies dance across, passing right shoulder to right shoulder, while the gents dance in place.8
4Repeat 2 & 3 with new partners. While the ladies are dancing across to place this time, top gents face the side ladies on their left and change places with them, dancing clockwise.16
5Repeat 2 to 4: Top gents repeat with the side ladies, all dancing back to their own partners during the last four bars.32
6Everyone
Dance at home
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7Side Couples
Dance movements 2 to 6
side gents dancing with the ladies
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8Everyone
House
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Figure 6: Hornpipe

Hornpipe, 152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Quarterhouse All couples, in waltz hold, dance in, back and turn to the right. Repeat the movements three times to get back home.
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3Ladies dance on All couples dance in and back (2b), ladies dance inside to the position on the right while gents turn clockwise in place (2b); finally, all dance one turn in place with their new partners (4b).8
4Repeat 1 to 3: until the ladies are back with their own partners.96
5Quarterhouse16
6House8

Figure 7: 5b The Fling

Fling, 160 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: This figure is an alternative to figure 5
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1Everyone
Lead around and swing
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2Top Couples
Double at home, double across Couples dance in, back, and turn (double) in place then hop in, back, and house (double) across to the opposite side.
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3Double away, double back home Couples dance in, back, and turn (double) in place then hop in, back, and house (double) back to home.8
4Turn with your ladies Gents turn with left arms around the opposite ladies then dance (hop) in, back and turn in place with their own partners again.8
5House House around, doubling the last two bars.8
6Side Couples
Dance 2 to 5
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7Top Couples
Dance 2 to 5
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8Side Couples
Dance 2 to 5
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9Everyone
Dance at home, house All couples dance in place; then house around to finish.
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Added on 2012-03-11 08:50:28.
Modified on 2016-05-16 14:41:23.
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