Skibbereen Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:

This polka set from Skibbereen, County Cork is danced in a smooth easy style.
Notes from The Flowing Tide by Pat Murphy. Reproduced with permission.

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Figure 1: Figure 1 (Polka)

128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Body All couples slide in (1-2, 123) and back (4b) then turn clockwise twice, moving to the position on the right (4b). These movements are repeated three times as they dance around the set to home.
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2 Top Couples
Advance & retire twice face in, gents with an arm around the lady’s waist. They advance and retire twice.
8
3 Ladies chain Right hands in the centre, left arm to opposite gent as they dance (anticlockwise) around him turning (clockwise) under his arm (he does not turn) and pass back to place. 8
4 Side Couples
Dance 2 and 3
16
5 1st Tops
Top gent and opposite lady swing in waltz hold in the centre.
8
6 Tops
Lead across Top couples lead across on the right, gent’s arm over the lady’s shoulder, holding both hands, dancing on the spot (2 bars) in the position on the right on the way over.
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7 Repeat 5 and 6 Second gent and top lady swinging. 16
8 Side Couples
Dance 5 and 6 First side gent (on the right) and second lady swinging.
16
9 Repeat 5 and 6 Second side gent (on the left) and first lady swinging. All dance the last two bars. 16

Figure 2: Figure 2 (Slide)

72 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Top Couples
slide in, back & house over slide in, back and house to opposite positions.
8
2 slide in, back and house home 8
3 Side Couples
Dance 1 and 2
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4 Top Couples
Dance 1 and 2
16
5 Side Couples
Dance 1 and 2
16
6 Everyone
Swing & dance All couples swing (6b) and dance, facing into the set (2b).
8

Figure 3: Figure 3 (Polka)

200 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Top Couples
Ladies chain.
8
2 swing. 8
3 1st Tops
Slide in and back, 3 & 1 Slide in and back (4b), turn clockwise once to the right in waltz hold (2b); then the gent turns the lady clockwise under his left hand, in beside the opposite gent (2b). Second gent places an arm over each lady’s shoulder, taking her hand and top gent takes the ladies’ other hands.
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4 Top Couples
Wheelbarrow All dance across to top position (4b), back to the centre (2b) and the top gent brings his hands over the ladies’ heads as they turn in to form a circle (2b).
8
5 swing in four in the centre. 8
6 Tops
ladies chain
8
7 Sides
repeat Couple on the right cross at 3.
48
8 Tops
Dance 1 to 6 Second couple leading.
48
9 Sides
Dance 1 to 6 Second couple leading.
48
10 Everyone
Swing All couples swing (6b) and dance facing into the set (2b).
8

Figure 4: Figure 4 (Slide)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead around All couples lead around, gents with their arm around their partner’s waist, dancing on the spot (2b) in each position.
16
2 Tops
Gallop Starting with a hop on the outside foot, top couples ‘gallop’ over to opposite side and back, gents passing back to back each time (8b); then house across to face in from opposite positions (4b).
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3 repeat Top couples repeat, starting in opposite positions and finishing at home. 12
4 Everyone
Taking her right hand in his left, each gent turns the lady (clockwise) to face him (2 bars) then dances slowly, turning (anticlockwise) to stand beside her, both facing to the left (2b). Then they turn (anticlockwise) together to face to the right for the lead around again (4b).
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5 Repeat 1 to 4 Side couples dancing 2 and 3. 48
6 Lead around All couples dance the lead around again to finish. 16

Figure 5: Figure 5 (Polka)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Advance & retire All advance and retire twice in a circle.
8
2 Swing All couples swing in place. 8
3 Ladies
Dance around The four ladies dance to the left in a circle, passing outside their partners, right shoulder to right
8
4 Everyone
Swing All swing new partners.
8
5 Repeat 3 and 4 Until the ladies swing their own partners again. 48
6 Body All couples dance the body, as in figure 1. 32
Added on 2012-05-18 16:57:29.
Modified on 2012-05-18 19:57:29.
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