BORLIN POLKA SET

This dance was first introduced to the group by Christy Mac Gearailt, set dance instructor from Dingle in West Kerry. Other published instructions for this dance may differ slightly. Other sources include Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers", Tom Quinn's "Irish Dance" and Volume 6 of the video series "The Magic of Irish Set Dancing". Joe O'Hara has a version of this set online.

First Sides to the LeftFormation

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. First Sides Couple are on the left of First Top Couple (when facing into the set) and Second Side Couple are opposite them.


FIGURE 1: POLKA (152 Bars)

All Couples Front promenade hold - Lead around and turn lady under 8 bars
All Couples Kick Polka 16 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
Top Couples House around other couple 8 bars
Top Couples Square around other couple and house to place 8 bars
Top Couples Ladies chain - right arms in centre; link left arm with opposite gent; rigth arms on the way back 8 bars
Top Couples Waltz hold - Swing with own partner 8 bars
All Couples Kick Polka; House the set 24 bars
Side Couples House around other couple; Square; Ladies chain; Waltz hold swing 32 bars
All Couples Kick Polka; House the set 24 bars

FIGURE 2: POLKA (136 Bars)

All Couples Lead around and turn lady under; Kick polka; House the set 32 bars
Top Couples House around other couple 8 bars
Top Couples Square twice 16 bars
All Couples Kick Polka; House the set 24 bars
Side Couples House around other couple 8 bars
Side Couples Square twice 16 bars
All Couples Kick Polka; House the set 24 bars

FIGURE 3: POLKA (168 Bars)

All Couples Lead around and turn lady under; Kick polka; House the set 32 bars
Top Couples House inside; Square 16 bars
Top Couples Advance and retire (right hand in right) + Lady crosses to her partner's left as they retire (4 bars); Cross to opposite side (pass right shoulders) and turn around (turning toward partner) (4 bars); repeat to place (8 bars) 16 bars
Top Couples Swing in waltz hold 8 bars
All Couples Kick Polka; House the set 24 bars
Side Couples House around; Square 16 bars
Side Couples Advance and retire (right hand in right) + Lady crosses to partner's left as they retire (4 bars); Cross to opposite side and turn around (turning toward partner) (4 bars); repeat to place (8 bars) 16 bars
Side Couples Swing in waltz hold 8 bars
All Couples Kick Polka; House the set 24 bars

FIGURE 4: POLKA (120 Bars)

Top Couples Lead around inside set (open ballroom hold + gents link left hands) 8 bars
Top Couples House around other couple 8 bars
Top Couples Square 4 times 32 bars
Top Couples House around other couple 8 bars
Side Couples Lead around inside set (open ballroom hold + gents link left hands) 8 bars
Side Couples House around; Square 4 times; House around each other to finish 48 bars

FIGURE 5: HORNPIPE (160 bars)

All Couples Open ballroom hold - Lead around to next position (2 bars); Waltz hold - Double to position opposite (2 bars); Repeat this combination 3 more times - twice around the set 16 bars
All Couples Double around the set 8 bars
All Couples Ladies walk on to the gent on their right, Gents stand in place 8 bars
All Couples Repeat three more times: Lead and double twice around the set; Double around the set; Ladies walk on - to meet partner last time 96 bars
All Couples Lead and Double twice around the set; Double around the set to finish 24 bars

REFERENCES

Murphy, Pat (1995). Toss the Feathers. Mercier Press: Cork. 77-78.
Quinn, Tom (1997). Irish Dancing. HarperCollins: Glasgow. 80-85.


Updated: 28 October 2001