Moycullen Set

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Category: Irish, Set



Dance Swing and House movements in waltz hold.

Additional notes from Pat Murphy:This set was given to me by Galway teacher Marie Philbin in May 2008.
Marie teaches a regular set dancing class in Moycullen and she revived this local set at the request of her dancers in Moycullen in 2006. Originally a local set dance known to local people, it was revived earlier as a competition set during the competition era which began in the seventies and continues today. The set faded again when competition dancing grew less popular but thanks to Marie, it now takes its place in mainstream set dancing.

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Figure 1: Square

Reel, 152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around Gent with his right arm over the lady's shoulder, holding right hand in right and left in left. When arriving home, gents bring their right hand over the lady's head and transition into waltz hold.
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2House around House around the set in waltz hold.8
3Top Couples
Ladies Chain Ladies take right hands in center, turn around the opposite gent with left hands held low, dance back to place passing right shoulders with the opposite lady
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4Everyone
Swing in waltz hold
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5Side Couples
Ladies Chain as above
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6Everyone
Swing
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7Top Couples
Advance and turn left Taking crossed hands in front, top couples advance and retire once (4b), dance to face the side couple on the left (2b), release hands and tops and sides dance on the spot (2b).
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8Everyone
Couples square Top couples square with the side couple facing them. Pass right shoulders, turn to face your own partner, pass left shoulders to face the opposite couple again from their side (4b). Top couples pass back through the side couple, pass their partner's left shoulder again, top gents dance to their own places and top ladies cross to the opposite top lady's place (4b). Side couples dance into place.
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9Swing8
10Repeat 7 to 9: Ladies cross back home24
11Side Couples
Dance 7 to 9: Side couples leading. Dance to face the top couples on the left.
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12Repeat 7 to 924
13Everyone
House Full house in waltz hold
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Figure 2: Line up

Reel, 152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around
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2House Full house in waltz hold.8
3Top Couples
Line up With crossed hands top couples advance and retire once (4b) then advance to form a line of four in the center of the set, gents on the outside. Dance last 2 bars on the spot.
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4Turn in the line Gents take right hands low with the opposite lady and dance one full turn (360°) clockwise (4b), dance forward to opposite positions, gents to the opposite lady's position and each lady to the opposite gent's (2b). Now pass partners, gents on the inside, facing each other as you change places (2b).8
5Repeat 3 and 4: to return home16
6Side Couples
Dance 3 and 4
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7Repeat 3 and 4: to return home16
8Everyone
Back to back & ladies move on Face your partner and dance back to back, passing by right shoulders when advancing and left shoulders when retiring back to place (4b). Gents dance in place while the ladies dance forward, passing partner's right shoulder then moving on to face the next gent clockwise of their own positions (4b).
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9Swing with new partner in waltz hold8
10Repeat 8 and 9: until ladies are back home, swinging their original partner.48
11House around8

Figure 3: Twirl

Jig, 144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Dance the body In waltz hold using polka steps, step to the center and back (2b), turn clockwise as you move one position to the right (counter clockwise) (2b). Repeat to home.
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2Swing8
3Top Couples
Ladies cross, gents twirl Top ladies cross the set passing left shoulders and take right hands with opposite gent. Ladies dance clockwise around this gent while he twirls his right arm over his head. Finish facing this partner in the opposite lady's position in waltz hold.
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4House Tops house around each other8
5Repeat 3 and 4: to return home16
6Side Couples
Dance 3 and 4
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7Repeat 3 and 4: to return home16
8Everyone
Wheel to opposite Four ladies take right hands and wheel to the opposite position (4b), gents take left hands and wheel to opposite position.
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9Swing in opposite positions8
10Repeat 8 and 9: to return home16
11Dance the body In waltz hold using polka steps, step to the center and back (2b), turn clockwise as you move one position to the right (2b). Repeat to home.16
12Swing8

Figure 4: Quarter chain

Polka, 120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Adv & retire twice in a circle holding hands
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2Swing8
3Diagonal crossover Top ladies cross right shoulders, top gents cross left shoulders, side ladies cross right shoulders and side gents cross left shoulders to end in the opposite positions.8
4Quarter chain & swing Facing your partner, weave forward passing right shoulders with your partner and left shoulders with the next person (4b). Finish facing the third person and swing (4b). You should have moved one position around the set.8
5Repeat 3 and 4: three more times until you are swinging in your home position.  Tops always cross first, wherever they are.48
6Chain Face your own partner, take right hands and chain halfway around the set, alternating right and left hands. Dance out the eighth bar in the opposite position, then continue the chain to home.16
7Swing8
8Circle, adv & retire once, advance again and put arms around each other in Christmas formation (left over and right under).8
9Big Christmas Swing!8

Added on 2011-07-31 09:06:23.
Modified on 2015-04-13 21:39:48.
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