_THE MAZURKA_


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1. The Mazurka   (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan)
      [all figures fit music: B.C.A., but skipped 4th figure.                 
         However, Cun. 7 has a 4th figure that fits.]
   -danced in Clare and Galway (locally called "The Masserks")       
   -variations occur depending on where it is danced
   -use the Clare Reel Step (where the "heel down" on the 4th 
    beat is not emphasized) 
   -1ST TOPS have their backs to the music
   -1ST SIDES are to the left of 1ST TOPS	

1st Figure "Little Christmas"
2nd Figure "Advance & Retire"
3rd Figure "High Gates"
4th Figure "Swing" (Swing all the Ladies)
5th Figure "Chain"
6th Figure "Face the Wall" 





1st Figure "Little Christmas"  {Reel Step: 112 bars}
    (The Mazurka Set) [fits music: B.C.A.]
-Opening Position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.  
    (Men's palms face into the circle; ladies' palms face out of the circle.)

A CIRCLE           Holding hands in a circle, all dancers "advance & retire," 
   {8 bars}        twice.

B SWING            All four couples "swing" in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SHOW: 1ST TOPS dance around the "house inside," ending in 
                         front of the couple to the left.
   {8 bars}

               (b) LITTLE CHRISTMAS:  Couple who have danced "house inside" turn
                                      to couple on their left, and form a tight 
                                      circle with them, arms behind each other's 
                                      backs.  They dance in a circle clockwise, 
                                      and the other two couples do likewise,
                                      breaking at the end of 7 bars to return to 
                                      their original home locations.
   {8 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  All four couples dance "house around."
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C. [1ST SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND TOPS dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

               -Last two bars of final "house around" should be "doubled". 
	          i.e., Ladies instead of dancing: R L R - L R L - R
                                            dance: R   L   R   L   R
                        Gents, instead of dancing: L R L - R L R - L
                                            dance: L   R   L   R   L




2nd Figure "Advance & Retire"  {Reel Step: 112 bars}
  (The Mazurka Set) [fits music: B.C.A.]
-Opening Position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.  
  (Men's palms face into the circle; ladies' palms face out of the circle.)

A CIRCLE           Holding hands in a circle, all dancers "advance & retire," 
   {8 bars}        twice.

B SWING            All four couples "swing" in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SHOW: 1ST TOPS dance around the "house inside," ending in front  
                         of the couple to the left.
   {8 bars}

	       (b) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  Couple who have danced "house inside" turn 
                                      to couple on their left, who turn to face 
                                      them.  These two couples advance toward 
                                      each other and retire, twice.  The other 
                                      two couples do likewise.  (right hand in 
                                      right hand, left hands at sides)
                                      In this movement, four in a line face 
                                      another four in a line, although in 
                                      couples.  
   {8 bars}	

	      	(c) HOUSE:  All four couples dance "house around."
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C. [1ST SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND TOPS dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).] 
   {24 bars}

               -Last two bars of final "house around" should be "doubled". 
	          i.e., Ladies instead of dancing: R L R - L R L - R
	                                    dance: R   L   R   L   R 
                        Gents, instead of dancing: L R L - R L R - L
                                            dance: L   R   L   R   L




3rd Figure "High Gates"  {Reel Step: 136 bars}
  (The Mazurka Set) [fits music: B.C.A.]
-Opening Position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.  
  (Men's palms face into the circle; ladies' palms face out of the circle.)

A CIRCLE           Holding hands in a circle, all dancers "advance & retire," 
   {8 bars}        twice.

B SWING            All four couples "swing" in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SHOW: 1ST TOPS dance around the "house inside," ending in 
                         front of the couple to the left.
   {8 bars}

               (b) HIGH GATES:  The gent of the couple who have danced 
                                "house inside" raises his partners right hand
                                with left hand and reaches under the raised 
                                arms with his right hand to take the right 
                                hand of the lady from the couple to their 
                                left and bring her through.  (The visiting 
                                lady keeps dancing around the set couple 
                                anti-clockwise until it is her turn to pass 
                                through again.)
                     
                                Then the lady of the set couple passes under 
                                her partner's right arm, followed by her 
                                partner.  Dancing around, the lady of the set 
                                couple again passes under her partner's right 
                                arm, followed by her partner.  Finally, the 
                                visiting lady, still holding the hand of the 
                                gent of the set couple, passes under the gent's
                                left arm and the lady's right arm of the set 
                                couple.
  
                                Having danced completely around the set couple, 
                                the visiting lady should pass through this time 
                                in the opposite direction to the first time, 
                                heading back toward her own partner. 
   {8 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  All four couples dance "house around."
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C. [1ST SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}


E FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND TOPS dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {24 bars}

                   -Last two bars of final "house around" should be "doubled". 
                     i.e., Ladies instead of dancing: R L R - L R L - R
                                               dance: R   L   R   L   R
                           Gents, instead of dancing: L R L - R L R - L
                                               dance: L   R   L   R   L




4th Figure "Swing"  {Reel Step: 112 bars} [fits music: Cun. 7]
  (The Mazurka Set) [B.C.A. skipped this figure: use 3rd again]
-Opening Position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.  
  (Men's palms face into the circle; ladies' palms face out of the circle.)

A CIRCLE           Holding hands in a circle, all dancers "advance & retire," 
   {8 bars}        twice.    

B SWING            All four couples "swing" in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) HOUSE: 1ST TOPS and 2ND TOPS dance around the "house inside."
   {8 bars}

               (b) SWING: 1ST TOPS AND 2ND TOPS GENTS swing with all four ladies 
                          in turn, starting with the ladies to their left.  
                          (TOP GENTS dance two bars over to each lady before 
                          swinging for 6 bars.)  All four couples swing for 
                          last 8 bars.
   {32 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  All four couples dance "house around."
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C.  SIDE COUPLES dance at (a) and SIDE GENTS dance at (b) 
                              with the ladies.
   {48 bars}

          -Last two bars of final "house around" should be "doubled". 
           i.e., Ladies instead of dancing: R L R - L R L - R
                                     dance: R   L   R   L   R
                 Gents, instead of dancing: L R L - R L R - L
                                     dance: L   R   L   R   L




5th Figure "Chain"  {Reel Step: 144 bars}
  (The Mazurka Set)  [fits music: B.C.A.]
-Opening Position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.  
  (Men's palms face into the circle; ladies' palms face out of the circle.)

A CIRCLE           Holding hands in a circle, all dancers "advance & retire," 
   {8 bars}        twice.

B SWING            All four couples "swing" in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SHOW: 1ST TOPS dance around the "house inside," ending in front 
                         of the couple to the left.
   {8 bars}

               (b) CHAIN:  Ladies dancing clockwise, and gents anti-clockwise, all 
                           dancers chain around, starting at his or her own 
                           partner with right hand in right hand, until they reach
                           their own places again (12 bars) and swing in place to 
                           finish (4 bars).
   {16 bars}	

	      	(c) HOUSE:  All four couples dance "house around."
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C. [1ST SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {32 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND TOPS dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {32 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C. [2ND SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).]
   {32 bars}

          -Last two bars of final "house around" should be "doubled". 
             i.e., Ladies instead of dancing: R L R - L R L - R
                                       dance: R   L   R   L   R
                   Gents, instead of dancing: L R L - R L R - L
                                       dance: L   R   L   R   L




6th Figure "Face the Wall" {Reel Step: 176 bars}
      (The Mazurka Set)  [fits music: B.C.A.]
-Opening Position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.  
      (Men's palms face into the circle; ladies' palms face out of the circle.)

A CIRCLE           Holding hands in a circle, all dancers "advance & retire," 
   {8 bars}        twice.

B SWING            All four couples "swing" in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SHOW & LINE-UP: 1ST TOPS and the couple to their left (1ST  
                                   SIDES) dance house around each other and end
                                   up facing out of the set in 1ST TOPS 
                                   direction, 1ST TOPS first and 1ST SIDES 
                                   behind them.  
                                   (8 bars)
                                   The other two couples repeat this movement 
                                   and end up lined up behind the first two 
                                   couples.
                                   (8 bars)
                   Note:  Starting from the couple in whose direction the line 
                          is facing, the other three couples should always be 
                          lined up behind them in the order that they come as 
                          you go clockwise around the set from that couple, 
                          gents on the left, ladies on the right. 
   {16 bars}

               (b) ARCH:  Gents circle off to the left, and ladies to the right, 
                          making a tight circle.  They pass through their 
                          starting positions once and go around again.  When the
                          leading couple come around to the starting position the
                          second time they face each other and form an arch with 
                          their arms and step back inwards toward the centre of 
                          the set.  
                          (8 bars)
                          The other couples, as they reach the arch, adopt the 
                          normal hold and dance under it and around 
                          anti-clockwise to their own positions.  The first 
                          couple going under the arch with the first two bars, 
                          the second couple going under the arch with the second
                          two bars, the third couple going under the arch with 
                          the third two bars, and the couple holding the arch 
                          using the fourth two bars to return to their home 
                          location. 
                          (8 bars)
   {16 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  All four couples dance "house around."
   {8 bars}


D FIGURE           Repeat C.  1ST SIDES & 2ND TOPS dance "house inside" at (a).  
                              Line faces out of set in direction of 1ST SIDES.
   {40 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C.  2ND TOPS & 2ND SIDES dance "house inside" at (a).  
                              Line faces out of set in direction of 2ND TOPS.
   {40 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C.  2ND SIDES & 1ST TOPS dance "house inside" at (a).  
                              Line faces out of set in direction of 2ND SIDES.
   {40 bars}

          -Last two bars of final "house around" should be "doubled". 
             i.e., Ladies instead of dancing: R L R - L R L - R
                                       dance: R   L   R   L   R
                   Gents, instead of dancing: L R L - R L R - L
                                       dance: L   R   L   R   L 




	


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