BALLYCOMMON POLKA SET

A set from Tipperary and East Limerick. Other published versions include Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers" and Tom Quinn's "Irish Dances" and Volume 4 of the video series "The Magic of Irish Set Dancing".

Joe O'Hara has a version of this set online.

Formation

Square Set of four couples; Gents on the left of their partners. First Top Couple have their backs to the band, with Second Tops opposite them. The other two couples are Side Couples.


FIGURE 1: POLKA (56 BARS)

All Couples

House around (waltz hold) with Couples going straight to the next position for first 2 bars

8 bars

All Couples

Link left arms (hand under elbow) with corner - dance around twice

8 bars

All Couples

Swing own partner (waltz hold)

8 bars

All Couples

Link left arms with Corner - dance around twice

8 bars

All Couples

Swing own Partner

8 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

 

FIGURE 2: POLKA (88 BARS)

All Couples

House around (waltz hold) with Couples going straight for first 2 bars

8 bars

All Couples

Circle - Advance (slide 1-2-3-kick in) and retire (slide 1-2-123) twice + Break to meet corner - Ladies advancing on to next Gent (L-R-LRL)

8 bars

New Couples

Swing corner (waltz hold) moving to Gent's position

8 bars

Repeat

Circle - Advance, retire and Ladies move on + Swing new Partner - until back swinging with own Partner

48 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

 

FIGURE 3: SLIDE (112 BARS)

All Couples

House around with Couples going straight for first 2 bars

8 bars

All Couples

Link left arms with corner (hand under elbow) - Dance around twice

8 bars

All Couples

Circle + Change left arms to left hands, turn and Gents join right hands with Partner over her right shoulder + Circle anticlockwise (polka steps) keeping hands joined until back in place + Drop hands with corner, Ladies turn clockwise 3/4 turn to meet Partner and face into set

8 bars

All Couples

Right hand in right - Advance and retire twice (slide 1-2-3-kick 1-2-123)

8 bars

All Couples

Change to waltz hold - Slide in and out (4 bars) + House to opposite position (4 bars)

8 bars

All Couples

Slide in and out (4 bars) + House back to place (4 bars)

8 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

All Couples

Link left arms with Corner - Dance around twice

8 bars

All Couples

Joining hands around the circle - Circle anticlockwise until back in place

8 bars

All Couples

Right hand in right - Advance and retire twice

8 bars

All Couples

Slide in and out + House to opposite position + Slide in and out + House to home

16 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

 

FIGURE 4: SLIDE (96 BARS)

All Couples

House around with Couples going straight for first 2 bars

8 bars

All Couples

Link left arms with Corner - dance around twice

8 bars

All Couples

Swing own Partner

8 bars

Top Couples

Slide in and out + House halfway around + Slide in and out + House to home

16 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

All Couples

Link left arms with Corner - dance around twice

8 bars

All Couples

Swing own Partner

8 bars

Side Couples

Slide in and out + House halfway + Slide in and out + House to home

16 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

 

FIGURE 5: JIG (64 BARS)

All Couples

House around with Couples going straight for first 2 bars

8 bars

All Couples

Slide in and out + House halfway + Slide in and out + House to home

16 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

All Couples

Slide in and out + House halfway + Slide in and out + House to home

16 bars

All Couples

House around

8 bars

 

STEPS

Polka: simple version

Starts with a slight pause then alternate feet:
      "pause-1-2-3  pause-1-2-3" x 8 bars
with stamp-stamp at the end of the eighth bar, i.e. "pause-1-2-3  pause-1-stamp-stamp"

Ladies: pause-R-L-R  pause-L-R-L          Gents: pause-L-R-L  pause-R-L-L

Polka: battering version

Starts with either a toe tap or heel stamp (stamp.1) on the same foot that begins the sequence, replacing the pause:
      "stamp.1-1-2-3  stamp.1-1-2-3" x 8 bars
with stamp-stamp at the end of the eight bar, i.e. "stamp.1-1-2-3 stamp.1-1-stamp-stamp"

Ladies: stamp.R-R-L-R  stamp.L-L-R-L          Gents: stamp.L-L-R-L  stamp.R-R-L-L

REFERENCES

Murphy, Pat (1995). Toss the Feathers. Mercier Press: Cork. 72-73.

Quinn, Tom (1997). Irish Dancing. HarperCollins: Glasgow. 51-55.


Updated: 13 August 2002