Monaghan Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:

This set was revived by Joe O ‘Donovan. Notes from Toss the Feathers by Pat Murphy, reproduced with permission
Additional step notes from setdanceteacher.ie
The set is danced fairly high on the ball of the foot, the heel being little used for support until the Hornpipe figure.
In the First Figure the heel is used for emphasis, the body-weight dropping sharply on the heel on the 4th beat of each bar. In the 2nd reel (Third Figure) the step is still on the ball of the foot but the drop-heel is not used.
The drop-heel is used in the Hornpipe Circle, the advance and retire step being:
Heel 1 2 3 heelswing 1 2 3, heelback, heelback, heelback, heelback.

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Figure 1: Ladies chain (Reel)

96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead around in shoulder hold Lead around anticlockwise, with the gents right arm over the lady’s shoulders, holding both hands.
8
2 Lead back Turn out (clockwise) and lead around, going clockwise this time. 8
3 House In waltz hold, all couples house around. 8
4 Dance at home Dance in place, turning twice. 8
5 Ladies
Ladies-only chain around the set The four ladies chain inside. Top ladies give their right hand to the side lady on their left. left hand to the next (other side) lady, right hand to the first lady again and right hand to the second lady. Gents stand in place and admire their partners dancing style.
8
6 Everyone
Swing Swing in waltz hold.
8
7 Repeat 1 to 6 This time, side ladies chain to their left and top ladies to their right, all starting with the left hand. 48

Figure 2: Cross and swing (Jig)

120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Advance and retire in a circle Advance and retire twice.
8
2 House House around, dancing threes. 8
3 Dance at home Dance in place, turning twice. 8
4 Tops
Advance, retire & cross over Holding crossed hands, couples advance and retire (4b) then ladies cross, passing right shoulder to right (2b), followed by gents. who pass left shoulder to left (2b).
8
5 Swing Swing in opposite position. 8
6 Advance, retire & cross over Holding crossed hands, couples advance and retire (4b) then ladies cross, passing right shoulder to right (2b), followed by gents. who pass left shoulder to left (2b). 8
7 Swing Swing in opposite position. 8
8 Everyone
Dance 2 to 7 With side couples leading.
48
9 House House around, dancing threes. 8
10 Dance at home Dance in place, turning twice. 8

Figure 3: Back to back (Reel)

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1 Everyone
Advance and retire in a circle Advance and retire twice.
8
2 1st Tops
Cross to side couples Top couples cross to the opposite side as follows: first couple move apart, the lady crossing on her right and the gent on his left, passing outside the second couple, who cross side by side (2b). Without turning, all move sideways, so that first couple are inside, second couple outside (2b) and all reverse back to their own side, first couple passing through the centre this time (2b). Back in place, second couple dance on the spot (2b), while first couple join the nearest side couple, the lady turning clockwise to join the couple on her right and the gent turning anticlockwise to join the couple on his left.
8
3 Sides
Threes advance and retire The side threes advance and retire twice, forming two circles of three as they retire the second time.
8
4 Threes swing The side threes swing, breaking back to form the big circle again during the last two bars. 8
5 2nd Tops
Dance 1 to 4 With second top couple leading. They cross on the outside the first time and join the side couples.
32
6 1st Sides
Dance 1 to 4 With first side couple (on left of first top) leading. They cross on the outside the first time and join the top couples.
32
7 2nd Sides
Dance 1 to 4 With second top couple leading. They cross on the outside the first time and join the tops couples.
32
8 Everyone
Advance and retire in a circle Advance and retire twice.
8
9 Swing Swing in place. 8

Figure 4: Cross over (Polka)

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1 Everyone
Dance in and back, house While side couples dance in and back in place, top couples house across to opposite positions (4b) then while top couples dance in and back in place, side couples house across (4b).
8
2 Repeat to home From opposite side, all repeat to return to their own places. 8
3 Tops
Dance at home Dance in place, turning twice.
8
4 House House around each other. 8
5 Everyone
Dance at home Dance in place, turning twice.
8
6 House 8
7 Repeat 1 to 6 With side couples leading. They cross first each time and they dance 3 & 4. 48

Figure 5: Mixer (Hornpipe)

120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Advance and retire in a circle Advance and retire twice.
8
2 House 8
3 Dance at home, ladies move on Dance in place, turning twice. During the last two bars, each lady turns clockwise under her partner's left arm and moves to his left hand side, as all form the circle again. 8
4 Advance and retire in a circle Ladies now with the gent on the left of their original position. 8
5 Repeat 2 to 4 Three times, the ladies moving to the left until they are back with their own partners again. 72
6 House 8
7 Dance at home Dance in place, doubling the last two bars. 8
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Modified on 2015-11-05 08:22:08.
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