Limerick Tumblers Set

Category: Irish Set
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This set was composed by Terry Moylan of Brooks’ Academy in 1996. It was taught by Mick Mulkerrin in Westport in November 2007
Notes originally added from The Flowing Tide by Pat Murphy.  Reproduced with permission.

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Figure 1: Improvisation (Polka)

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1 Everyone
Body In waltz hold, all couples dance the body, as in the Sliabh Luachra set. They step to the centre and back, then turn once as they move on to the position on their right.The movements are repeated three times as they dance around the set.
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2 1st Tops
Improvise Inside Dance inside the set, creating their own movements in time to the music.
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3 Everyone
Body Dance the Body
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4 1st Sides
Improvise Inside First side couple, on the left of first tops, dance inside, again creating their own movements to the music but not repeating what the first couple danced.
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5 Everyone
Body Dance the Body
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6 2nd Tops
Improvise Inside Second top couple dance inside, again creating their own movements to the music but not repeating what either of the first two couples danced.
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7 Everyone
Body Dance the Body
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8 2nd Sides
Improvise Inside Second side couple dance inside, again creating their own movements to the music but not repeating what any of the first three couples danced.
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9 Everyone
Body Dance the Body
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10 House All couples dance around the house. 8

Figure 2: Pass through (Polka)

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Quarterhouse In waltz hold, all couples dance one step in to the centre, one step back and turn clockwise to the position on the right (4b), then repeat the movements three times, dancing around the set to home (12b).
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2 Tops
Pass Across Taking their partner's right hand in right, top couples advance and retire once, then gents bring the lady to their left hand side as in the Borlin set and pass through the opposite couple to the other side, gents passing between the other couple on the way over with ladies crossing on the outside.
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3 Pass Back Top gents now take right hands with the side ladies on their left, advance, retire with gents crossing to the side lady's other side and cross the set with the side ladies passing through the centre. Top gents finish back in their own places. 8
4 Sides
Dance 2 and 3 To begin, each side gent takes right hand in right with the opposite side lady, who is now beside him. They advance, retire bringing the lady to the gent's left and pass through with the gents in the centre. At the other side, the side gents advance with the top lady on their left, retire with the gent changing on the inside to the lady's other side and pass through with the top ladies in the centre. At the end of this sequence, all should be back in their own places.
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5 Everyone
Repeat 1-4 All couples repeat 1-4, top and side couples dancing the body and figure again. Sides lead this time.
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6 Quarterhouse In waltz hold, all couples dance one step in to the centre, one step back and turn clockwise to the position on the right (4b), then repeat the movements three times, dancing around the set to home (12b). 16
7 House Dance around the house. 8

Figure 3: Pinwheel (Polka)

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Lead Around All couples lead around holding their partners' crossed hands in front. As they reach home, each lady turns clockwise under the gent's left hand and faces into the centre.
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2 Ladies Pinwheel The four ladies join right hands in the centre and dance one full clockwise turn around to their own places, while the gents dance around the outside to their right, again completing a full circle back to their own places. 8
3 Steal A Lady As all arrive home, each top gent takes his own partner's left hand in left low and the right hand of the lady on his right in the set, again low. As he brings his hands backwards, then up behind the ladies, each lady turns under the gent's arm to finish beside him with his arm on her shoulder, so that there are two lines of three in top positions and the side gents stand alone. All advance and retire, then advance again and the side gents take the ladies' free hands and bring the ladies back with them to side positions, hands on the shoulders. 8
4 Steal A Lady All advance and retire, ladies beside the side gents, then advance a second time and each lady moves into the lead around position with her own partner. To do this, each top gent takes his partner's left hand and turns anticlockwise as she steps in beside him on his outside, while each side gent turns anticlockwise towards his own partner and brings his left hand over her head as she turns in beside him to lead around. 8
5 Repeat 1 to 4 Side couples leading - the side gents take the two ladies first this time. 32
6 Lead Around All couples lead around holding their partners' crossed hands in front again. 8
7 Ladies Pinwheel All repeat 2, ladies wheeling in the centre while gents dance around the outside. When partners meet this time, the lady turns under the gents left hand as they dance anticlockwise into each other's places and they tug before stepping into the swing from there. 8
8 Swing Swing in waltz hold. 8

Figure 4: Christmas (Slide)

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1 Everyone
Lead Around All couples lead around with each lady's left hand on her partner's shoulder and his arm around her waist.
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2 Adv & Retire to the right. House across Still in the same hold, all couples advance forward to the position on their right (2b), retire (2b) then house to opposite positions (4b). 8
3 Repeat Home Starting in opposite positions, all couples repeat 2, dancing back to home. 8
4 Tops
House House around each other in the centre.
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5 Square Halfway Square across, dancing l, 2, 123 to the position on their right, then reverse, dancing l, 2, 123 to opposite positions. From there, they house back to their own side, moving in with each top gent releasing the lady's right hand to face the other couple in the centre. As they release, ladies move across to join the opposite gent. 8
6 Square Home House and square again, with ladies moving back to their own partners at the end of the square. 16
7 House House around each other in the centre. 8
8 Christmas Swing (ladies, shoulder hold) Swing in Christmas in the centre, ladies hands on the shoulders. 8
9 Everyone
Swing All couples swing in place.
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10 Repeat 1 to 9 Side couples leading 80
11 Lead Around All couples lead around with each lady's left hand on her partner's shoulder and his arm around her waist. 8
12 Adv & Retire to the right. House across Still in the same hold, all couples advance forward to the position on their right (2b), retire again (2b) then house to opposite positions (4b). 8
13 Repeat Home Starting in opposite positions, all couples repeat, dancing back to home. 8
14 House Dance around the house. 8

Figure 5: Mixer (Hornpipe)

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Quarterhouse In waltz hold dancing hornpipe steps, all couples dance one step in to the centre, one step back and turn clockwise to the position on the right (4b), then repeat the movements three times, dancing around the set to home (12b).
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2 House Dance around the house. 8
3 Adv & Retire In A circle, mixer Taking hands in a circle, all dance one step to the centre, stamp, and one step back. Then, releasing their own partner's hand, ladies dance on the outside to the position on their right turning clockwise under the next gent's arm, while gents turn anticlockwise to finish facing out of the set. Ladies also finish facing out (4b). Releasing hands and taking the next lady or gent's hand, each gent now turns the next lady anticlockwise as she passes him on the inside and all face into the set (2b). Gents are now one position left of where they started. Finally, as the gent takes the third new lady's right hand in his left, this lady passes behind him into the lady's position beside him, bringing her hand over his head as he stays facing into the set and they take waltz hold (2b). At the end of this sequence, each gent is one place left of his own, while each lady is in the position opposite her own starting position, with the gent who was originally on her left in the circle. 8
4 Repeat 1 to 3 Repeat until ladies and gents are back home with their own partners. 96
5 Quarterhouse In waltz hold dancing hornpipe steps, all couples dance one step in to the centre, one step back and turn clockwise to the position on the right (4b), then repeat the movements three times, dancing around the set to home (12b). 16
6 House Dance around the house. 8
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