JENNY LIND SET

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers was first introduced to this set by Christy Mac Gearailt, set dance instructor from Dingle in West Kerry. Other published instructions for this dance include Terry Moylan's "The Piper's Set & Other Dances", Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers" and Tom Quinn's "Irish Dancing". Both the Brooks Academy and Joe O'Hara have online versions of the Jenny Lind Set.

First Sides to the LeftFORMATION

Square Set of four couples, Gents on the left of their partners. 1st Top Couple have their backs to the band, with 2nd Top Couple opposite them. 1st Side Couple are on the left of 1st Top Couple (when facing into the set) and 2nd Side Couple are opposite them (to the right of 1st Tops).


FIGURE 1: JIGS (296 BARS)

All Couples Lock and lead around: Partners take Open Waltz hold, face anticlockwise around the set and Gents place their left hand on the shoulder of the gent in front - All lead around to place 8 bars
All Couples Square the set: Waltz hold with Ladies facing into the set/Gents facing out - All couples slide to the next position (1-2-123) + Balance in and out in place (123 123) making a 1/4 turn clockwise (Ladies facing out/Gents facing in) [4 bars] + Slide into Opposite place + Balance in and out + Repeat to home position 16 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
1st Top Couple House inside + Square inside 16 bars
All Couples Top Couples face Side Couple on the left - Right hand star to place [8 bars] + Swing Partner 16 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars
1st Side Couple (On left of 1st Top Couple) House inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples Side Couples face Top Couple on your left - Right hand star + Swing Partner 16 bars
  + Repeat x 2 with 2nd Top Couple, then 2nd Side Couple dancing House + Square inside 128 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars

 

FIGURE 2: JIGS (328 BARS)

All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House the set 32 bars
1st Top Couple House inside + Square 16 bars
Top Couples Slide and Cross: Right hand in right - Slide into centre and back [4 bars] + Ladies cross turning anticlockwise to pass back to back [2 bars] + Gents cross turning clockwise to pass back to back [2 bars] + Repeat to go back home [8 bars] + Swing Partner [8 bars] 24 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars
1st Side Couple House inside + Square 16 bars
Side Couples Slide and Cross + Swing Partner 24 bars
  + Repeat x 2 with 2nd Top Couple, then 2nd Side Couple dancing House + Square inside 144 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars

 

FIGURE 3: JIGS (328 BARS)

Note: In this version only the Top Ladies get to dance the House inside + Square. A variation that allows all Ladies to dance the House inside + Square requires the Ladies to Advance and retire (one place to the right) + Advance and retire (a second place to the right), that is moving on two places altogether.

All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House the set 32 bars
1st Top Couple House inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples Circle - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Ladies Advance joining hands and retire + Advance and retire to position on the right 8 bars
All Gents Advance and retire twice without taking hands 8 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars
1st Side Couple House inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples / Ladies / Gents All: Circle - Advance and retire twice + Ladies: Advance and retire twice moving to the right + Gents: Advance and retire twice 24 bars
  + Repeat x 2 with 2nd Top Couple, then 2nd Side Couple dancing House + Square inside 144 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars

 

FIGURE 4: JIGS (328 BARS)

All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House the set 32 bars
1st Top Couple House inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples Give right hand to Partner - Chain all round and back to home [16 bars] + Swing Partner [8 bars] 24 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars
1st Side Couple House inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples Chain all round + Swing Partner 24 bars
  + Repeat x 2 with 2nd Top Couple, then 2nd Side Couple dancing House + Square inside 144 bars
All Couples Lock and lead around + Square the set + House 32 bars

 

FIGURE 5: SLIDES (232 BARS)

Top Couples House around 8 bars
Top Couples Slide and change: Slide to the centre and back + House around half way + Repeat to home 16 bars
Top Couples House around + Slide and change - across and back + House 32 bars
Side Couples House + Slide and change x 2 + House + Slide and change x 2 + House 56 bars
  + Repeat x 2 Top Couples and Sides Repeat - House + Slide and change + House + Slide and change + House 112 bars

 

FIGURE 6: REELS (272 BARS)

All Couples

Lower promenade hold - Lead around finish with Gents backs to the centre 8 bars
All Couples Left hand in left - Turn lady under 4 times turning clockwise

8 bars

All Couples Waltz hold - Swing

8 bars

Top Couples Square the set using 'sevens' steps

8 bars

Top Couples House around each other

8 bars

Top Couples Both Gents across to opposite [2 bars] and Swing in waltz hold [6 bars]

8 bars

Top Gents Left arm hook in centre - Dance around 123s x 6 then double 1-2-3-4

8 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under x 4 + Swing

24 bars

Side Couples Square the set (sevens) + House around each other + Gents swing Opposite

24 bars

Side Gents Left arm hook in centre

8 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

Tops Repeat Square + House around + Gents Swing Opposite + Gents - left arm hook

32 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

Sides Repeat Square + House around + Gents Swing Opposite + Gents - left arm hook

32 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

All Couples Square the set using 'sevens' turning 90 degrees at each corner + House

16 bars

 

NOTES

The version of this set contained in Tom Quinn's "Irish Dancing" generally has shorter figures and omits the Figure 5 as detailed in Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers". For Figures 1 to 4 when each Couple is the dancing Couple they House inside but do not Square inside. In Figure 3 of the version in Quinn's book everyone Swings their Partner each time at the end of the sequence.

 

REFERENCES

Murphy, Pat (1995). Toss the Feathers. Cork: Mercier Press. 200-201.

Quinn, Tom (1977). Irish Dancing. Glasgow: Harper Collins. 245-250.


Created: 5 May 2002/ Updated: 29 September 2002