_THE WEST KERRY SET_


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5. The West Kerry Set (Corca Dhuibhne Set)      
        (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan)
        [all figures fit music: Vol. 5]
   -It is danced in West Kerry with a very smooth, waltz-like step that is 
    quite unlike the more bouncy step used for Polkas and Slides further 
    east.  It is a soft, scuffling step, with emphasis on the scuffling. 
    (To dance it any other way would be to rob it of its character.)
 


1st Figure "Ladies Wheel, Swing, Ladies Chain, Opposite's House"
2nd Figure "Double House Inside in Turn"
3rd Figure "Swing & Show, Ladies Wheel & Swing, Lead Around"
4th Figure "Opposite Ladies Chain, Opposites House"
5th Figure "Double House, Slide & Change"
6th Figure "Circle, Ladies Wheel, Gents Wheel, Swing" 
Alternate 6th Figure "House, Double, Change Partners"




1st Figure "Ladies Wheel, Swing, Ladies Chain, Opposite's House"     
  {Polkas step - 136 bars} (The West Kerry Set)  [fits music: Vol. 5]
-Opening Position:  Couples adopt the standard "West Kerry" position. 
       WEST KERRY POSITION:  All four couples in Waltz hold in home locations, 
                             but ladies backs are toward the home position to 
                             the right. 

A HOUSE            All four couples dance around the house, twice.
                   (Do the WEST KERRY HOUSE:  For first two bars, back lady into 
                   next home location while in WEST KERRY POSITION)  
   {16 bars}

B LEAD AROUND      With each gent's right arm around his partner's waist and each 
                   lady's left hand on her partner's right shoulder, all four 
                   couples lead around anti-clockwise until they reach their own
                   places.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) LADIES WHEEL:  All four ladies join right hands in the centre 
                                  and wheel around clockwise until they reach 
                                  their own partners again (4 bars) and swing 
                                  with them in Waltz hold (4 bars).
   {8 bars}
 
               (b) SWING:  All four couples swing in place for eight more bars
                           in waltz hold. 
   {8 bars}

               (c) LADIES CHAIN:  TOP LADIES chain in the middle with right arms, 
                                  chain with opposite gents with left arm hooks, 
                                  chain in the middle again, and dance back to 
                                  their partners.
   {8 bars}

               (d) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside, reversing 
                           the lady for the first two bars.
   {8 bars}
 
D HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C, with SIDE LADIES and SIDE COUPLES dancing the 
                             movements at (a) and (b).
   {32 bars}

F HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND     (Clap on last beat in last bar to finish.)
   {24 bars}




2nd Figure "Double House Inside in Turn" [fits music: Vol. 5]
 {Polkas step - 184 bars}  (The West Kerry Set)
-Opening Position:  Couples adopt the standard "West Kerry" position. 
       WEST KERRY POSITION:  All four couples in Waltz hold in home locations, 
                             but ladies backs are toward the home position to 
                             the right.

A HOUSE            All four couples dance around the house, twice.
                   (Do the WEST KERRY HOUSE:  For first two bars, back lady into 
                   next home location while in WEST KERRY POSITION.)
   {16 bars}

B LEAD AROUND      With each gent's right arm around his partner's waist and each 
                   lady's left hand on her partner's right shoulder, all four 
                   couples lead around anti-clockwise until they reach their own 
                   places.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE           DOUBLE HOUSE:  1ST TOPS dance around the house inside, twice, 
                                  each time reversing the lady for the first 
                                  two bars.
  {16 bars}

D HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           DOUBLE HOUSE:  2ND TOPS dance around the house inside, twice, 
                                  West Kerry style.
   {16 bars}

F HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND
   {24 bars}

G FIGURE           DOUBLE HOUSE:  1ST SIDES dance around the house inside, twice, 
                                  West Kerry style.
   {16 bars}

H HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND
   {24 bars}

I FIGURE           DOUBLE HOUSE:  2ND SIDES dance around the house inside, twice, 
                                  West Kerry style.
   {16 bars}

J HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND     (Clap on last beat in last bar to finish.)         
   {24 bars}




3rd Figure "Swing & Show, Ladies Wheel & Swing, Lead Around"
 {Slides - 184 bars} (The West Kerry Set) [fits music: Vol. 5]
-Opening Position:  Couples adopt the standard "West Kerry" position. 
       WEST KERRY POSITION:  All four couples in Waltz hold in home locations, 
                             but ladies backs are toward the home position to 
                             the right.

A HOUSE            All four couples dance around the house, twice.
                   (Do the WEST KERRY HOUSE:  For first two bars, back lady into 
                   next home location while in WEST KERRY POSITION.)  
   {16 bars}

B LEAD AROUND      With each gent's right arm around his partner's waist and each 
                   lady's left hand on her partner's right shoulder, all four 
                   couples lead around anti-clockwise until they reach their 
                   own places.  
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SWING & SHOW:  1ST TOP GENTS and 2ND TOPS LADY advance to the     
                                  centre and swing in waltz hold (8 bars), and 
                                  then dance around the house inside in West 
                                  Kerry style, breaking to their own places at 
                                  the end of the movement (8 bars).
   {16 bars}

               (b) LADIES WHEEL & SWING:  All four ladies wheel around in the 
                                          centre of the set with right hands until 
                                          they reach their own places (4 bars), 
                                          and then swing with their partners in 
                                          waltz hold (12 bars).
   {16 bars}

               (c) LEAD AROUND:  With each gent's right arm around his partner's 
                                 waist and each lady's left hand on her 
                                 partner's right shoulder, all four couples lead 
                                 around anti-clockwise until their own places.  
                                 This time the lead around is walked.
   {8 bars}
   
D FIGURE           Repeat C, with 2ND TOPS GENT and 1ST TOPS LADY dancing the 
                             movements at (a).
   {40 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C, with 1ST SIDES GENT and 2ND SIDES LADY dancing the 
                             movements at (a).
   {40 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C, with 2ND SIDES GENT and 1ST SIDES LADY dancing the 
                             movements at (a).
                             (Clap on last beat in last bar to finish.)   
   {40 bars}





4th Figure "Opposite Ladies Chain, Opposites House"
 {Slides - 184 bars} (The West Kerry Set) [fits music: Vol. 5]
-Opening Position:  Couples adopt the standard hold, but are pointed toward home 
                    location to the left.
 
A SLIDE & CHANGE   All four couples slide toward the home location to the left and 
                   back to their places (4 bars), dance half way around to the 
                   opposite places (4 bars), and repeat these movements to return 
                   to their own places again (8 bars).
   {16 bars}

B LEAD AROUND      With each gent's right arm around his partner's waist and each 
                   lady's left hand on her partner's right shoulder, all four 
                   couples lead around anti-clockwise until they reach their own 
                   places.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) LADIES CHAIN:  TOP LADIES chain in the middle with right arms, 
                                  chain with opposite gents with left arms, chain 
                                  in the middle again, and dance back to their 
                                  partners.
   {8 bars}

               (b) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside, using the 
                           West Kerry house movement.
   {8 bars}

D SLIDE & CHANGE   Repeat A and B.
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat the figure at C.
   {16 bars}

F SLIDE & CHANGE   Repeat A and B.
   {24 bars}

G FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES dance the figure at C.
   {16 bars}

H SLIDE & CHANGE   Repeat A and B.
   {24 bars}

I FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat the figure at C.
   {16 bars}

J SLIDE & CHANGE/  Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND     (Clap on last beat in last bar to finish.)   
   {24 bars}




5th Figure "Double House, Slide & Change"
      (The West Kerry Set)
 {Polkas step - 144 bars}  [fits music: Vol. 5]
 -Opening Position:  Couples adopt the LEAD AROUND POSITION.
                     All four couples join hands in front and face anti-clockwise
                     around the circle, gents on the inside.
   
A LEAD AROUND      Holding hands in front, all four couples lead around 
                   anti-clockwise until they reach their own places.
   {8 bars}

B LEAD AROUND &    When each couple reaches their own place, the gent turns the 
   TURN THE LADY   lady clockwise under his arms and the couples continue 
                   leading around till they reach their own places again.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) DOUBLE HOUSE:  1ST TOPS dance around the house inside, twice.  
                                  (Do the WEST KERRY HOUSE:  For first two Bars, 
                                  back lady into next home location while in 
                                  WEST KERRY POSITION.)
   {16 bars}

               (b) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES slide to the centre and back to 
                                    their places (4 bars), dance half way around 
                                    to each other's places (4 bars), and repeat 
                                    these two movements to return back to their 
                                    own places again (8 bars). 
   {16 bars} 
              
D FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat the figure with 2ND TOPS dancing the double 
                   house at (a).
   {32 bars}

E FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat the figure with 1ST SIDES dancing the 
                   double house at (a).
   {32 bars}

F FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat the figure with 2ND SIDES dancing the 
                   double house at (a).
                   (Clap on last beat in last bar to finish.)   
   {32 bars}




6th Figure "Circle, Ladies Wheel, Gents Wheel, Swing" 
 {Slides - 216 bars} (The West Kerry Set) [fits music: Vol. 5]
-Opening Position:  Couples adopt the standard "West Kerry" position. 
       WEST KERRY POSITION:  All four couples in Waltz hold in home locations, 
                             but ladies backs are toward the home position to 
                             the right.

A HOUSE            All four couples dance around the house, twice.
                   (Do the WEST KERRY HOUSE:  For first two bars, back lady into 
                   next home location while in WEST KERRY POSITION)  
   {16 bars}

B LEAD AROUND      With each gent's right arm around his partner's waist and each 
                   lady's left hand on her partner's right shoulder, all four 
                   couples lead around anti-clockwise until they reach their own 
                   places.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) Circle:  All dancers join hands facing the centre and advance 
                            and retire twice.
   {8 bars}
  
               (b) LADIES WHEEL:  All ladies join right hands in the centre and 
                                  dance three-quarters way around to the gents to 
                                  the right of their original partners, stopping 
                                  on the gents' right hand sides.
   {4 bars}

               (c) GENTS WHEEL:  All gents join left hands in the centre and dance 
                                 rapidly all the way around to their own places 
                                 again.
   {4 bars}    

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

D HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND  
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C to bring the ladies around to the gents opposite their 
                            original partners.
   {24 bars}


F HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND  
   {24 bars}

G FIGURE           Repeat C to bring the ladies around to the gents to the left of
                            their original partners.
   {24 bars}

H HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND  
   {24 bars}

I FIGURE           Repeat C to bring the ladies around to their original partners.
   {24 bars}

J HOUSE &          Repeat A and B.
   LEAD AROUND     (Clap on last beat in last bar to finish.)         
   {24 bars}




Alternate 6th Figure "House, Double, Change Partners"
 {Hornpipes - 112 bars} (The West Kerry Set) [fits music: Vol. 5]
-Opening Position:  Couples adopt the standard Waltz hold position. 
 
A FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  All four couples dance around the house 
                           (not the West Kerry house movement).
   {8 bars}

               (b) DOUBLE:  All four couples dance around the house, using 
                            the doubled step.
   {8 bars}

               (c) CHANGE PARTNERS:  The four ladies walk on to the next 
                                     gents to their right.
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE           Repeat A to bring the ladies around to the gents opposite 
                            their original partners.
   {24 bars}

C FIGURE           Repeat A to bring the ladies around to the gents to the left 
                            of their original partners.
   {24 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat A to bring the ladies back to their original partners.
   {24 bars}

E HOUSE            All four couples dance around the house 
                   (not the West Kerry house movement).
   {8 bars}

F DOUBLE           All four couples dance around the house, using the 
                   doubled step.
   {8 bars}

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