_THE CLARE LANCERS_


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 3. The Clare Lancers (The Lancers Set) 
       (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan) 
          [all figures fit music: vol. 1]  
    -The dance is from Crusheen, Co. Clare.
    -use the Clare Reel Step (not emphasizing the "heel down") 
    -1ST SIDES are to the left of 1ST TOPS	
    -Many would recommend not to double in this set.

  The figures are unnamed, but I have put my own names down as helpful reminders.   

1st Figure "Advance to Opposite Partner & Swing"
2nd Figure "Turn the lady/Pass by/Lines Advance & Retire"
3rd Figure "Ladies In/Gents In/Wheel & Back/Big Christams"
4th Figure "Lead Around/Wheel/Little Christmas/Swing"
5th Figure "Chain & Line Up"




1st Figure "Advance to Opposite Partner & Swing"
 {Reel Step 152 bars}(The Clare Lancers) [fits music: vol. 1]  
-Opening Position:  (The Lead Around position.)  Each couple join hands in front
                    and face anti-clockwise around the circle, gents on the 
                    inside.  Right hand in right hand; left hand in left hand.  
                    Each Gent's right arm is over his Lady's left arm.  Gents' 
                    left shoulders are about a foot off the centre of the set, 
                    forming a tight formation.  The fingers of each hand are 
                    pressed together and cupped to hold onto the partner's hand, 
                    although not tightly. 

A LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwise around until back in 
                   original places.  During last two bars each gent, without 
                   releasing hands, turns his partner clockwise under both arms 
                   and then adopts the standard hold.
   {8 bars}   

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

C FIGURE       (a) ADVANCE & SWING:  1ST TOP GENT & 2ND TOP LADY dance to the 
                                     centre, passing left shoulder to left 
                                     shoulder (2 bars), and then each turns 180
                                     degrees clockwise to face each other and 
                                     their own home locations (2 bars).  They
                                     then join up and swing in place in waltz 
                                     hold (4 bars).  (2 1/2 turns)
   {8 bars}
               (b) SQUARE:  1ST TOP & 2ND TOP LADIES AND GENTS dance around the
                            sides of a square inside the SIDE COUPLES, the 
                            ladies going anti-clockwise and the gents clockwise,
                            taking two bars to dance along each side of the 
                            square.  In dancing across the set, each top gent
                            passes on the outside of the opposite top lady as 
                            she dances by on the inside.  Then, each top gent 
                            passes his own partner on the inside as top 
                            dancers dance through the opposite tops home 
                            location to the next corner.  In crossing back 
                            across the set again, each top gent passes on the 
                            outside of the opposite top lady as she dances by 
                            on the inside.  Then, each top gent passes his own 
                            partner on the inside as top dancers dance through
                            their own home locations to the next corner.
   
 
                            (Because 1ST TOP GENT and 2ND TOP LADY are starting 
                            from the mid-point of one side of the square, the 
                            steps they dance to the first two bars must be 
                            shortened.)
   {8 bars}

               (c) SWING:  At the end of (b), each dancer from the top couples 
                           goes to the nearest dancer from the side couples and 
                           swings with him or her in waltz hold on the corner.
   {8 bars}

               (d) SWING:  The four original couples re-form (2 bars), and all
                           four couples swing in place in waltz hold (6 bars).
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C, the figure being danced by 2ND TOP GENT & 
                             1ST TOP LADY.
   {32 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C, the figure being danced by 1ST SIDE GENT & 
                             2ND SIDE LADY.
   {32 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C, the figure being danced by 2ND SIDE GENT & 
                             1ST SIDE LADY.
   {32 bars}

G HOUSE            All four couples dance house around, doubling the last two bars.
   {8 bars}

Note one variation:  Go around the corner partner before swinging.





2nd Figure "Turn the lady/Pass by/Lines Advance & Retire"
 {Reel Step 184 bars} (The Clare Lancers) [fits music: vol. 1]  
-Opening Position:  The Lead Around position.

A LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwise around until back in 
                   original places.  During last two bars each gent, without 
                   releasing hands, turns his partner clockwise under both arms 
                   and then adopts the standard hold.
   {8 bars}   

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

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

               (b) TURN THE LADY:  1ST TOP GENT turns his partner clockwise four 
                                   times under his right arm, while dancing in 
                                   place himself.  For each of the four turns 
                                   under, 1ST TOP GENT dances in slightly toward 
                                   his partner as she starts each turn (1 bar) 
                                   and dances away from her slightly as she turns 
                                   under his arm (1 bar).
   {8 bars}
                
               (c) PASS BY:  1ST TOPS LADY AND GENT dance past each other, passing
                             right shoulder to right shoulder, and turn 180 degrees
                             on the corners (the gent dances toward the corner near 
                             the side couple to the right of his home location, the 
                             lady dances toward the corner near the side couple to 
                             the left of her home location, each dancer turning 
                             toward the side couple near him or her), (4 bars).
            
                             They then dance back to opposite sides, passing again 
                             right shoulder to right shoulder, and turn 180 degrees
                             on the corners as before, top lady taking hand of the 
                             closest side gent, and top gent taking hand of the 
                             closest side lady (4 bars).
  
                             During the last two bars, 2nd tops dance into place at 
                             the other end of the lines forming.  Within each of 
                             the two lines, the dancers take hands.
   {8 bars}

               (d) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  The two lines advance towards each other and 
                                      retire, twice.  When the other dancers are 
                                      retiring the second time, the end dancers on 
                                      the lines (on this occasion, the tops) do not 
                                      retire but dance the two bars in place in 
                                      their home locations.
   {8 bars}

               (e) SWING:  All four couples swing in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C, the figure being danced by 2ND TOPS.
   {40 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C, the figure being danced by 1ST SIDES.
   {40 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C, the figure being danced by 2ND SIDES.
   {40 bars}
    
G HOUSE            All four couples dance house around, doubling the last two bars.
   {8 bars}




3rd Figure "Ladies In/Gents In/Wheel & Back/Big Christmas"
 {Reel Step 136 bars} (The Clare Lancers) [fits music: vol. 1]  
-Opening Position:  The Lead Around position.

A LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwise around until back in 
                   original places.  During last two bars each gent, without 
                   releasing hands, turns his partner clockwise under both arms
                   and then adopts the standard hold.
   {8 bars}   

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

C FIGURE       (a) LADIES IN:  The four ladies dance forward to the centre and 
                               back out, twice.  The second time dancing in,
                               they bow their heads.
   {8 bars}

               (b) GENTS IN:  The four gents repeat (a), but the gents stay 
                              slightly in during the second retire, turning their 
                              right side to their partner during the final bar.
   {8 bars}

               (c) WHEEL:  The four gents link left hands held up in the centre 
                           and, with right arms around their partners' waists, 
                           dance around anti-clockwise.  During this movement, 
                           the ladies place their left arms on their partners' 
                           right shoulders.
   {8 bars}

               (d) WHEEL BACK:  The four couples reverse direction, (each dancer 
                                turns toward their partner to change direction), 
                                the four gents link right hands held up in the 
                                centre and, with left arms around their partners'
                                waists, dance in a clockwise direction back 
                                around to their original places.  During this 
                                movement, ladies put right arms on their 
                                partners' left shoulders.
   {8 bars}

               (e) BIG CHRISTMAS:  From the wheel back positions, gents turn
                                   anti-clockwise and ladies turn clockwise so that
                                   all dancers are facing in toward the centre of 
                                   the set in a circle of dancers.  (When changing 
                                   from the wheel back position to the circle 
                                   position at the beginning of this movement 
                                   dancers are turning toward their partners on 
                                   their way into the circle that is forming.)

                                   Then, all dancers link up arms together into a 
                                   big circle, arms behind each other's backs and 
                                   dance around clockwise with right feet in.  
                                   Then, the dancers jump up on the first beat of 
                                   the last of eight bars, landing on the final 
                                   beat of this eighth bar with the left foot 
                                   in (8 bars).
                   
                                   Then, keeping the same positions in the big 
                                   circle, except that left feet are now in, the 
                                   dancers reverse direction and dance back 
                                   around anti-clockwise in the circle to their
                                   original places (8 bars).

                                   When dancing clockwise around in the Big 
                                   Christmas each dancer's right foot should 
                                   come down on the beat of the music.  When 
                                   dancing anti-clockwise the left foot 
                                   should come down on the beat of the music.
   {16 bars}

               (f) SWING:  All four couples swing in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C.
   {56 bars}

E HOUSE            All four couples dance house around, doubling the last two bars.
   {8 bars}




4th Figure "Lead Around/Wheel/Little Christmas/Swing"
 {Reel Step 184 bars} (The Clare Lancers) [fits music: vol. 1]  
-Opening Position:  The Lead Around position.

A LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwise around until back in 
                   original places.  During last two bars each gent, without 
                   releasing hands, turns his partner clockwise under both 
                   arms and then adopts the standard hold.
   {8 bars}   

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

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

               (b) LEAD AROUND:  1ST TOPS & 2ND TOPS lead around inside, dancing 
                                 in a clockwise direction, ladies at the centre 
                                 beside each other.
   {8 bars}

               (c) WHEEL:  Each top couple regains its original place, passes it, 
                           and gives right hands to the side couple to their left.
                           The two groups of four dancers, with right hands joined 
                           and held up, wheel clockwise (4 bars).  Then, the two 
                           groups change direction, with left hands joined and 
                           held up, and wheel back anti-clockwise (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

               (d) LITTLE CHRISTMAS:  Each group of dancers forms into a tight 
                                      circle, arms around each other's backs, 
                                      and dances around clockwise.  Each gent 
                                      should have his right arm around his 
                                      partner's back under her left arm so as 
                                      to be able to move easily into the swing.

                  		      While dancing around in the Little Christmas
                                      each dancer's right foot should come down on 
                                      the beat of the music.
   {8 bars}

               (e) SWING:  The circle break into the original couples, who swing 
                           back to place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}


D FIGURE           Repeat C.  2ND TOPS dance around the house at (a).  In (b), the
                              lead around is performed anti-clockwise, the gents 
                              at the centre beside each other.  In (c), the 
                              top couples join up with the side couples to their 
                              right.
   {40 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C.  1ST SIDES dance around the house at (a).  In (b), the 
                              lead around is performed clockwise, the ladies at the 
                              centre beside each other.  In (c), the side couples 
                              join up with the top couples to their left.
   {40 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C.  2ND SIDES dance around the house at (a).  In (b), the 
                              lead around is performed anti-clockwise, the gents at 
                              the centre beside each other.  In (c), the side 
                              couples join up with the top couples to their right.
   {40 bars}

G HOUSE            All four couples dance house around, doubling the last two bars.
   {8 bars}




5th Figure "Chain & Line Up"
 {Reel Step 184 bars} (The Clare Lancers) [fits music: vol. 1]  
-Opening Position:  The Lead Around position.

A LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwise around until back in 
                   original places.  During last two bars without releasing 
                   hands, each gent turns his partner clockwise under both 
                   arms and then adopts the standard hold.
   {8 bars}   

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

C FIGURE       (a) CHAIN & LINE UP:  Starting with a right hand to their own 
                                     partners, ladies chain around clockwise
                                     and gents chain around anti-clockwise.  
                                     Half-way around (6 bars), partners meet
                                     each other and swing once (2 bars).  The 
                                     chain is then continued to bring all 
                                     dancers back to their original places 
                                     (6 bars).  They do not form couples 
                                     again, but use two bars to line up as 
                                     follows (2 bars):

                   LINE UP:  On the first occasion, the line forms up behind 
                             1ST TOPS LADY, who faces out of the set from 
                             1ST TOPS home location.  As each couple gets into
                             place in the line, each lady should be immediately 
                             in front of her partner.

                             The line forms in the following order:  The leading 
                             couple, the couple to the left of the leading 
                             couple, the couple to the right of the leading 
                             couple, and the couple opposite the leading couple.
   {16 bars}
               (b) SIDE STEP:  The line splits.  Gents step sideways to the left 
                               and ladies sideways to the right, (4 bars).  The 
                               gents side-step out with the left feet and then 
                               the right feet side-steps over to join the left 
                               feet.  The ladies use opposite feet.  For all 
                               dancers, this side-step is done three times.  
                               Then, all dancers dance three steps in place. 

                               Using larger sidesteps, the line of ladies and the
                               line of gents return in opposite directions, 
                               passing through each other to the opposite sides, 
                               and turn to face each other, (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

               (c) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  Each line join hands with its own members, 
                                      and it advances and retires, twice, toward 
                                      the other line.
   {8 bars}

               (d) DANCE TO PLACE & SWING:  Each dancer dances back to his or her 
                                            original place in four bars, and then 
                                            couples rejoin and swing in place in 
                                            waltz hold for four bars.  
                                            (i.e., Dancers at the end of the lines
                                            dance toward each other and meet in 
                                            the centre.  In the case of the other 
                                            two couples, the lady and the gent 
                                            that are in their correct places 
                                            simply dance in place and their 
                                            partners dance across to them.)
  {8 bars}   
      
D FIGURE           Repeat C, the line forming behind 2ND TOPS.
  {40 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C, the line forming behind 1ST SIDES.
  {40 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C, the line forming behind 2ND SIDES.
  {40 bars}

G HOUSE            All four couples dance house around, doubling the last two bars.
   {8 bars}

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