_THE KERRY SET_


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 6. The Kerry Set (The North Kerry Set)     
         (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan) 
         [all figures fit music: Vol. 2]
    -as danced in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
    -1ST SIDE COUPLE is to the left of 1ST TOP COUPLE

1st Figure "Hands Around"
2nd Figure "House and Home"
3rd Figure "Slide"
4th Figure "Ladies Right Hand In"
5th Figure "Change Partners"




1st Figure "Hands Around"  {Polka - 144 bars}
  (The Kerry Set) [fits music: Vol. 2]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All couples dance together one bar into the centre and one bar
                   back to their own home locations.  They then dance two bars 
                   around to the location of the couple to their right, turning 
                   clockwise as they go.

                   The four couples repeat this movement three more times until 
                   they end up back in their original starting locations.
   {16 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) HANDS AROUND:  The four dancers of the 1ST TOPS & 2ND TOPS join
                                  right hands, held up in the centre of the set,   
                                  and wheel around clockwise (4 bars), then drop   
                                  right hands and turn clockwise in place, join    
                                  left hands in the centre and wheel anti-clockwise
                                  back to their starting home locations (4 bars).
   {8 bars}    
   
               (b) SWING: TOP COUPLES swing in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

E BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

F FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

G BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

I BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}




2nd Figure "House and Home"  [fits music: Vol. 2]
  {Polka - 144 bars}   (The Kerry Set)
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All couples dance together one bar into the centre and one bar
                   back to their own home locations.
 
                   They then dance two bars around to the location of the couple 
                   to their right, turning clockwise as they go.

                   The four couples repeat this movement three more times until 
                   they end up back in their original starting locations.
   {16 bars}

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

               (b) HOME:  1ST TOPS side step into the centre (1 bar) and dance on
                          the spot (1 bar), side step back to their position 
                          (1 bar) and dance on the spot (1 bar).  Then, 1ST TOPS 
                          dances around once at home (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

C BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           1ST SIDES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

E BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

F FIGURE           2ND TOPS repeat B.
   {16 bars}

G BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H FIGURE           2ND SIDES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

I BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}




3rd Figure "Slide"  {Slide - 176 bars} 
     (The Kerry Set)  [fits music: Vol. 2]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance the Body as in figure 1. 
   {16 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) SLIDE:  TOP COUPLES slide step toward each other (2 bars), 
                           and then slide step back to their own home 
                           locations (2 bars).
   {4 bars}

               (b) HALF HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance half-way around the house 
                                to each other's home location.
   {4 bars}

               (c) SLIDE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a).
   {4 bars}

               (d) HALF HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (b) to bring them back to 
                                their original home locations.       
   {4 bars}

               (e) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}
 
C BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {24 bars}

E BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

F FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat B.
   {24 bars}

G BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {24 bars}

I BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

            


4th Figure "Ladies Right Hand In"   {Polka - 80 bars} 
        (The Kerry Set) [fits music: Vol. 2]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance the Body as in figure 1. 
   {16 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) LADIES RIGHT HANDS IN:  The four ladies join right hands, held 
                                           up in the centre of the set, and wheel 
                                           clockwise half-way around to the 
                                           opposite gents.
 
                                           Each lady joins left hands with the 
                                           opposite gents left hands and turns 
                                           clockwise under his left arm, dances 
                                           around behind him and comes back in 
                                           again on his right side.

                                           The four ladies again join right hands, 
                                           held up in the centre of the set, and 
                                           wheel clockwise back to their own 
                                           partners.
   {8 bars}

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

C BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat B.
   {16 bars}

E BODY             Repeat A.  All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}




5th Figure "Change Partners"  {Hornpipe - 120 bars} 
    (The Kerry Set)  [fits music: Vol. 2]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance the Body as in figure 1, to 
                   the hornpipe step.

      	           As the couples dance to the centre, instead of hopping to 
                   commence the bar that will bring them out again they stamp 
                   instead, ladies with the left foot, and gents with the 
                   right.
   {16 bars}

B HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

C CHANGE &         The Body is danced again, as above, but BODY with a change 
    BODY           of partner.    

                   For the first two bars the gents dance in and out on their 
                   own, while the ladies dance around to the next location to 
                   their right as they would if they were dancing around the 
                   house with their partners.

            	   When each gent dances back out again, he joins up with his 
                   new partner and completes the body with her.
   {16 bars}

D HOUSE            All four couples dance the house around.
   {8 bars}

E CHANGE &         Repeat C.
   BODY            The ladies move one place around again.
   {16 bars}

F HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

G CHANGE &         Repeat C.
   BODY            The ladies move one place around again.
   {16 bars}

H HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

I CHANGE &         Repeat C.
   BODY            The ladies move one place around again to rejoin their 
                   original partners.
   {16 bars}

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

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