Sliabh Luachra

Category: Irish Set
Description:


STEPS The ‘down’ jig step is used in the jig Figure. The step used to dance the first 2 bars of each part of the Quarterhouse has three variations in the source video. The first is the normal ‘two in place’ of any polka quarterhouse. The second is for the slightly impatient, with just one step in place and the next moving slightly towards the next place on the R. The third version is for those in a hurry, the two in place being replaced by a gentle zig-zag step towards the next place. Each of these is then followed by the normal turn into the next place (2 bars). NOTE: The Hornpipe changeover is now often danced with hands held in a circle, all dancing in and out (4 bars), back in (2 bars) then the gents lifting their L arms to bring the lady on their L hand underarm in front of and into place beside them in waltz hold (2 bars). Extended description from Set Dancing News

Videos:

Video by Bill Lynch
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Alternate video by Bill Lynch (starts sooner and the dancers are closer to the camera)
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Video by Laurent-Nicolas Vuille
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Figure 1: Chain (Polka)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
All body dancing with the patter in 2-3, out 2-3 and a quarter of the way around. Turning clockwise while moving counter-clockwise around the set.
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2 Top Couples
Ladies chain Ladies give right hands in the center, turn twice under opposites left arm while he follows her around.  Give right hands again on the way back home.
Note that there has been a clear progression over the last several years (based on videos taken at events in Ireland) toward a preference of the ladies dancing the chain with a left elbow hold with the opposite gent, turning twice with him before returning home without taking right hands again with the opposite lady.
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3 Swing In waltz hold 8
4 Everyone
All body
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5 Side Couples
Dance 2 and 3
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6 Everyone
All body
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7 Top Couples
Dance 2 and 3
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8 Everyone
All body
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9 Side Couples
Dance 2 and 3
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10 Everyone
All body
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11 House 8

Figure 2: House inside (Polka)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
All body
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2 1st Tops
House inside
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3 Slide in and back, turn once in place 8
4 Everyone
All body
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5 1st Sides
Dance 2 and 3 1st side couple is on the left of 1st tops.  Note that in some areas dancers dance with 1st sides to the right of 1st tops.  When visiting an area our recommendation is to do it 'their' way.
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6 Everyone
All body
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7 2nd Tops
Dance 2 and 3
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8 Everyone
All body
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9 2nd Sides
Dance 2 and 3
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10 Everyone
All body
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11 House 8

Figure 3: Slide in and out, house across (Slide)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
All body
16
2 Top Couples
Slide in and back, house across Slide in and back, house to the opposite position.
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3 Slide in and back, house home 8
4 Everyone
All body
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5 Side Couples
Dance 2 and 3
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6 Everyone
All body
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7 Top Couples
Dance 2 and 3
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8 Everyone
All body
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9 Side Couples
Dance 2 and 3
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10 Everyone
All body
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11 House 8

Figure 4: Ladies Wheel (Polka)

80 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead around With crossed hands in front.
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2 Turn the ladies Gents turn the ladies clockwise four times using left hands 8
3 Ladies wheel in with right hands, turn by left arms twice with opposite gent, join right hands in center, wheel back to partner and all swing in place. 16
4 Repeat 1 to 3 32
5 Lead Around 8
6 Turn the ladies Gents turn the ladies clockwise four times using left hands 8

Figure 5: Hook and house (Slide)

224 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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A variation is to dance almost a "square the house" move instead of the slide and change (2 and 3 below).  Dancing couples travel sideways past each other, heading toward the right of the opposite side (2b), then turn a little while moving across the opposite position (2b) and repeat to home.
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1 Top Couples
Hook & House House around the set, beginning with a slight turn to the left and back for the first 2 bars. 6 bars remaining to house around the other couple.
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2 Exchange sides Slide in and back, house across 8
3 Exchange sides back to home Slide in and back, house across back home 8
4 House Normal house, no hook at the beginning. 8
5 Repeat 2 to 4 Same couples repeat the exchange and house. 24
6 Everyone
Repeat all 3 times Repeat all movements 3 more times alternating tops and sides. Figure ends with sides housing.
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Figure 6: Slow circle (Hornpipe)

152 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
All body Using the slow hornpipe step.
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2 All House 8
3 All circle Advance & retire twice. Ladies are handed off to the right on the 2nd retire. (Step in, 2, & 1-2-3; out, 2, & 1-2-3, repeat. Ladies move right on the 2nd out.)  Optionally, gents keep left lady's hand and turn her counter clockwise in front of him, into her new place. 8
4 Repeat 3 times Repeat movements 1-3 until ladies are back home 96
5 All body Using the slow hornpipe step. 16
6 All House 8
Added on 2011-07-23 13:16:33.
Modified on 2015-12-17 12:42:12.
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