ARMAGH LANCERS SET

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers was first introduced to this dance by Patrick O'Dea, set dance instructor from the Ireland, in November 1999. Other published instructions for this dance may differ slightly. Other sources include Pat Murphy's "The Flowing Tide".

FORMATION

First Sides to the LeftSquare Set of four couples, Gents on the left of their partners. First Top Couple have their backs to the band, with Second Top Couple opposite them. First Side Couple are on the left of First Top Couple (when facing into the set) and Second Side Couple are opposite them (to the right of First Tops).

The figures are all danced to Jigs. The step work uses an "Up Jig".


FIGURE 1: JIG (136 BARS)

1st Top Lady +
2nd Top Gent

Advance + Swing (waltz hold) + Retire

8 bars
Top Couples Square (Gents on the outside) - Pass Opposite (right shoulders) + Turn toward Partner and change places (right shoulders) + Face across the set and pass Opposite + Pass Partner to corner 8 bars
All Corners Swing Corner - Ladies to right / Gents to left 8 bars
All Couples Swing Partner 8 bars

2nd Top Lady +
1st Top Gent

Advance + Swing (waltz hold)

8 bars
Top Couples Square (Gents on the outside) 8 bars
All Couples Swing Corner / Swing partner 16 bars

1st Side Lady +
2nd Side Gent

Advance + Swing in the centre

8 bars
Side Couples Square 8 bars
All Couples Swing Corner / Swing partner 16 bars

2nd Side Lady +
1st Side Gent

Advance + Swing in the centre

8 bars
Side Couples Square 8 bars
All Couples Swing Corner / Swing partner 16 bars

FIGURE 2: JIG (136 BARS)

1st Top Couple

Right hand in right - Advance [2 bars] + Turn Lady under once (anti-clockwise) while retiring [2 bars] + Swing (waltz hold) [4 bars]

8 bars
Top Couples (+
Side Couples)
Square (Gents on the outside)
On last 2 bars Side Couples Cast off and join Top Couples in Lines of 4
8 bars
Top Lines of 4 Join hands in lines of 4 - Advance and retire twice / Advance + Swing Partner back to place 16 bars

2nd Top Couple

Advance + Turn Lady under while retiring [4 bars] + Swing [4 bars]

8 bars
Top Couples (+
Side Couples)
Square + on last 2 bars Side Couples Cast off and join Top Couples 8 bars
Top Lines of 4 Advance and retire twice / Swing Partner 16 bars

1st Side Couple

Advance + Turn Lady under while retiring + Swing

8 bars
Side Couples Square - on last 2 bars Top Couples Cast off and join Side Couples 8 bars
Side Lines of 4 Advance and retire twice / Swing Partner 16 bars

2nd Side Couple

Advance + Turn Lady under while retiring + Swing

8 bars
Side Couples Square - on last 2 bars Top Couples Cast off and join Side Couples 8 bars
Side Lines of 4 Advance and retire twice / Swing Partner 16 bars

FIGURE 3: JIG (152 BARS) - Christmas

See the notes below on the Little Christmas and Big Christmas (= Basket) formation and movements.

All Couples Big Christmas left [4 bars] (Jump on the last beat of the 4th bar) + Big Christmas right [4 bars] (Break on bar 7 to allow Sides to retire) 8 bars

Top Couples

Right hand in right - Advance [2 bars] + Turn to Side Couple on right [2 bars] + Back into opposite place [2 bars] + Advance to other Side Couple [2 bars]

8 bars
  Stars Right-hand star [4 bars] + Left-hand star [4 bars] 8 bars
  Little Christmas Little Christmas to the left with Side Couple + Top (Active) Ladies and Gents release left hand (on bar 7 & everyone keep circling left to meet up with other Basket) 8 bars
  Big Christmas Big Christmas (All Couples) left + Jump + Big Christmas right...
Top Couples end in opposite place
8 bars
Top Couples

Advance + Turn to Side Couple on right + Back into opposite place + Advance to other Side Couple

8 bars
All Couples Right-hand star + Left-hand star / Little Christmas left + Break + Big Christmas left + Jump + Big Christmas right 24 bars
Side Couples

Advance + Turn to Top Couple on right + Back into opposite place + Advance to other Top Couple

8 bars
All Couples Right-hand star + Left-hand star / Little Christmas left (Sides Couples release left hand) / Big Christmas left + Jump + Big Christmas right...
Side Couples end in opposite place
24 bars
Side Couples

Right hand in right - Advance + Turn to Top Couple on right + Back into opposite place + Advance to other Top Couple

8 bars
All Couples Right-hand star + Left-hand star / Little Christmas left + Break + Big Christmas left + Jump + Big Christmas right 24 bars
All Couples Swing your Partner (waltz hold) 8 bars

FIGURE 4: JIG (136 BARS)

In this figure the Gent's progress to each Lady in turn (to the left) by returning from the chase around and swinging with the Lady on their left and finishing on her left in her position.

Ladies

Advance and retire twice

8 bars
Gents

Advance and retire twice

8 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Right-hand star (clockwise) + Left-hand star (anticlockwise), while...
Gents chase around the outside (to their right) turning clockwise once to each position returning back to place
8 bars
New Couples Swing Corner (Ladies right / Gents left) + Finish in the Lady's position 8 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Advance + retire twice / Gents Advance + retire twice 16 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Right-hand star + Left-hand star, while...
Gents chase around + Swing the Lady on their left
8 bars
New Couples Swing next Corner + Finish in the Lady's position 8 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Advance + retire twice / Gents Advance + retire twice 16 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Right-hand star + Left-hand star, while...
Gents chase around + Swing the Lady on their left
8 bars
New Couples Swing next Corner + Finish in the Lady's position 8 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Advance + retire twice / Gents Advance + retire twice 16 bars
Ladies + Gents Ladies Right-hand star + Left-hand star, while...
Gents chase around + Swing the Lady on their left
8 bars
New Couples Swing original Partner + Finish in original position 8 bars

FIGURE 5: JIG (168 BARS)

In this figure couples form up for the cross-over/cast with the lead couple doing a half turn and facing out with the couple who were to their left in second place immediately behind them, the couple who were to their right in third place, and finally the couple who were opposite them in the the rear.

All Couples

Face Partner - Chain all round [12 bars] + 1st Top Gent - Right hand around partner's waist facing in, turn halfway to face out + Other Couples - Gents place right hand around partner's waist & line up behind in columns (2nd = 1st Sides, 3rd = 2nd Sides, 4th = 2nd Tops) [4 bars]

16 bars
All Couples Cross over cast (Lady to the left in front of Partner / Gents to the right) + Cast down, meet Partner and lead up back to form Lady's and Gent's lines (Side Lines) 8 bars
Side Lines Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Advance, meet Partner + Swing to place 8 bars

All Couples

Face Partner - Chain all round + Form Columns - 2nd Tops turn to face out (2nd = 2nd Sides, 3rd = 1st Sides, 4th = 1st Tops)

16 bars
All Couples Cross over cast (Lady in front of Partner) + Cast down, meet Partner and lead up back to form Lady's and Gent's lines (Side Lines) 8 bars
Side Lines Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Advance, meet Partner + Swing to place 8 bars

All Couples

Chain all round + Form columns - 1st Sides facing out (2nd = 2nd Tops, 3rd = 1st Tops, 4th = 2nd Sides)

16 bars
All Couples Cross over cast + Cast down, meet Partner and lead up back to form Lady's and Gent's lines (Top Lines) 8 bars
Top Lines Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Advance, meet Partner + Swing to place 8 bars

All Couples

Chain all round + Form columns - 2nd Sides facing out (2nd = 1st Tops, 3rd = 2nd Tops, 4th = 1st Sides)

16 bars
All Couples Cross over cast + Cast down, meet Partner and lead up back to form Lady's and Gent's lines (Top Lines) 8 bars
Top Lines Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Advance, meet Partner + Swing to place 8 bars

Notes

Christmas

  • Little Christmas - 2 Couples (One Top and One Side Couple)
  • Big Christmas - 4 Couples (Both Tops and both Sides alternating)

Linked hand hold for the Big and Little Christmas: Place your right hand on the waist of the person on your right. Your left arms goes over the right arm of the person on your left with your left hand holding the next wrist behind the small of the back of the person immediately to your left. Place your right foot into the set.

Changing from Little Christmas to Big Christmas:

  • When Tops are the leading Couple - Top Lady has hold of the right wrist of the Side Lady and Top Gent has hold of the right wrist of the Side Gent. To change to the Big Christmas both Top Lady and Top Gent should release the right wrist of the Side person then the Top Gent moves the semi-circle from the Little Christmas around to join with the other Side Couple using the same hold.
  • When Sides are the leading Couple - to change to the Big Christmas both Side Lady and Side Gent should release the right wrist of the Top person then the Side Gent moves the semi-circle from the Little Christmas around to join with the other Top Couple using the same hold.

For the Big Christmas:

  • Move 4 bars to the left pushing with your left foot (1-&-2-&-3-&-4-jump)
  • Jump changing feet to put your left foot into the set
  • Move 4 bars to the right pushing with your right foot



Page created by: Arthur Kingsland

Created: 1999 / Updated: 5 October 2011