MAYO LANCERS SET

This set comes from the Mayo area, and is published in Pat Murphy's "The Flowing Tide" (pp.121-123). Newcastle Irish Set Dancers was first introduced to this dance in a workshop conducted by Cíarán Condron in May, 2001 in Sydney. Other published instructions for this dance may differ slightly.

First Sides to the LeftFormation

Set of four couples, Gents on the left of their partners. The Top Couples have their backs to the band or face the band. The two Couples facing the side walls are Side Couples.

The Jig figures use a 'Down' Jig described in the Steps section below.


FIGURE 1: JIGS (72 BARS) - House

All Couples All face around the set in an anti-clockwise direction, with Gents behind their partners - Dance around the set [6 bars] + Gents take Lady's right hand in right over her right shoulder - Turn Ladies clockwise (out) to face Partner

8 bars

All Couples Grip right palm in right with hand raised and elbows close and cup left hand around Partner's right elbow - Swing (old céilí hold) 8 bars
Top Couples Ladies chain inside - Right arm in right in centre and turn twice + Turn Partner (left arm-left arm) into place 8 bars
Top Couples Waltz hold - House around each other inside the set 8 bars
All Couples Old céilí hold - Swing 8 bars
Side Couples Ladies chain - twice around then with Partner + House inside set 16 bars
All Couples Swing 8 bars

 

FIGURE 2: JIGS (152 BARS) - Square + Swing Corner

All Couples All face anti-clockwise (Gents behind their partners) - Dance around the set [6 bars] + Turn Ladies clockwise (right hand-right hand) to face Partner

8 bars

All Couples Old céilí hold - Swing 8 bars
Top Couples Ladies chain inside - Right arms turning twice in centre + Turn Partner (left arm-left arm) into place 8 bars
Top Couples Square - Pass through Ladies inside/Gents outside + Pass Partner left shoulders + repeat back to place passing to face Corner

8 bars

All Couples Swing Corner (old céilí hold) [8 bars] + Swing Partner [8 bars]

16 bars

Side Couples Ladies chain inside - Turning twice in centre + Turn Partner 8 bars
Side Couples Square - Pass through + Pass Partner + repeat back to place to face Corner

8 bars

All Couples Swing Corner + Swing Partner

16 bars

Top Couples Ladies Chain inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples Swing Corner + Swing Partner

16 bars

Side Couples Ladies Chain inside + Square 16 bars
All Couples Swing Corner + Swing Partner

16 bars

 

FIGURE 3: REELS (120 BARS) - Lines

   Ladies: Rh-R-L-R / Lh-L-R-L / etc.         Gents: Lh-L-R-L / Rh-R-L-R / etc.

All Couples Face anti-clockwise - Dance around the set + Turn Ladies (right hand-right hand) [8 bars] + Swing (old céilí hold) [8 bars]

16 bars

Top Couples Ladies Chain inside + Turn Partner (left arm-left arm) then back away to join nearest Side Couple in Side Lines 8 bars
Side Lines Advance and Retire (1-2-123) + Advance + Sides retire while Tops dance to place facing Partner 8 bars
All Couples Swing

8 bars

Side Couples Ladies Chain inside + Turn Partner and back into Top Lines 8 bars
Top Lines Advance, retire, advance + Tops retire while Sides turn to place + All swing 16 bars
Tops Repeat Ladies Chain inside + Side Lines - Advance, retire, advance + Retire/Dance to place + Swing

24 bars

Sides Repeat Ladies Chain inside + Side Lines - Advance, retire, advance + Retire/Dance to place + Swing

24 bars

 

FIGURE 4: POLKAS (120 BARS) - Flirtation

   Ladies: Rh-R-L-R / Lh-L-R-L / etc.         Gents: Lh-L-R-L / Rh-R-L-R / etc.

All Couples Dance anti-clockwise around the set + Turn Ladies + Swing

16 bars

Top Couples Ladies chain inside + Turn Partner (left arm-left arm)

8 bars

Top Couples Hands by the sides - Advance and retire + Hands behind backs - Advance, kiss the Opposite Person and retire 8 bars
All Couples Swing 8 bars
Side Couples Ladies chain inside + Turn Partner + Advance and retire + Advance, kiss and retire

16 bars

All Couples Swing 8 bars
Tops Repeat Ladies chain inside + Advance, retire, advance, kiss and retire + All Swing 24 bars
Side Repeat Ladies chain inside + Advance, retire, advance, kiss and retire + All Swing

24 bars

 

FIGURE 5: FLING (88 BARS) [Slow Reel]

   Ladies: Rh-R(turn)-L-R / Lh-L(turn)-R-L / etc.         Gents: Lh-L(turn)-R-L / Rh-R(turn)-L-R / etc.

All Couples Waltz hold - Dance in place turning twice + Side Ladies join nearest Top Couple in Top Lines of three (Side Gents stay in place)

8 bars

Lines of three +
Side Gents
Join nearer hands in lines of three - All (with weight on the left foot) step Rt-Rh-Rt L(hop)-Rt-Lt-Rt / Lt-Lh-Lt-R(hop)-Lt-Rt-Lt [4 bars] + Repeat to the right and left [4 bars] 8 bars
Lines of three +
Side Gents
Side Lady dance clockwise under arch made by Top Couple with Gent turning under after Side Lady, while Side Gent dances clockwise (right shoulder back) one turn in place [4 bars] 4 bars
All Couples Right hand in right - Ladies turn clockwise under Partner's raised arm + Top Ladies dance to join nearest Side Couple

4 bars

Lines of three +
Top Gents
Join nearer hands in lines - All dance Right toe-heel-toe Hop-123 / Left toe-heel-toe Hop-123 + Repeat to the right and left + 8 bars
Lines of three +
Top Gents
Top Ladies under Side Couple's arch followed by Side Gent, while Top Gent turns in place + All (right hand-right hand) Ladies turn under Gent's raised arm + Top Lines of three 8 bars
Lines of three +
Side Gents
Dance to the right / left / right / left + Side Lady under arch followed by Top Gent, while Side Gent turns in place + All Ladies turn under Gent's right arm

16 bars

Lines of three +
Top Gents
Dance to the right / left / right / left + Top Lady under arch followed by Side Gent, while Top Gent turns in place + All Ladies turn under Gent's right arm

16 bars

All Couples House around the set 8 bars

 

FIGURE 6: JIGS (88 BARS) - Bundles of Fun

All Couples Dance anti-clockwise around the set + Turn Ladies + Swing

16 bars

Tops + Right Couple Tops to the right - House around with Side Couples + Ladies chain inside with the same Couple + Turn Partner (left-left) bring Lady across in front to form a Little Christmas (Basket) 16 bars
Tops + Right Couple Swing in four with Lady's hands on Gent's nearer shulders [6 bars] + Reverse to place 8 bars
Tops + Left Couple Tops to the left - House around with Side Couples + Ladies chain inside with the same Couple + Turn Partner bringing Lady across to form a Little Christmas 16 bars
Tops + Left Couple Swing in four (Lady's hands on Gent's shoulders) + Reverse to place 8 bars
All Couples House around the set 8 bars
All Couples Circle - Big Christmas to the left slowly (turning once)

8 bars

 

FIGURE 7: POLKAS (88 BARS)

All Couples Waltz hold - Dance 'Sevens' to the centre + two 'Threes' + Sevens back to place + Threes in place

8 bars

All Couples Swing 8 bars
All Couples Square the set - Waltz hold dance Sevens (Ladies right foot, Gents left) to the position to your right (following your lead hand) + Threes in place + Sevens (Ladies left foot, Gents right) to the position opposite home (following your bent elbows) + Threes in place + Repeat through third position and back to home 16 bars
All Couples Swing

8 bars

All Couples Dance Sevens to the centre + Threes in place + Sevens to home + Threes in place [8 bars] + Swing [8 bars] 16 bars
All Couples Square the set [16 bars] + Swing [8 bars] 24 bars

 


STEPS

'Down' Jig

The Jig figures use a 'down' Jig, similar to the Polka Step. The Ladies start on the right, Gents start on the left:
   Ladies:  Rh-Rt Lt Rt (Heel-down-123) / Lh-Lt Rt Lt (Heel-down-123) / repeat
   Gents:  Lh-Lt Rt Lt (Heel-down-123) / Rh-Rt Lt Rt (Heel-down-123) / repeat

Sevens and Threes

In Set dancing 'Sevens' are danced with the weight taken on the lead foot stamping forward followed with a push from the rear foot [repeated with 4 stamps and 3 pushes, and-Stamp-push-stamp-push-stamp-push-stamp]. The lead foot is lightly bent, but the centre of gravity of the body will be over this foot. On the first part of a 'Sevens' (dance to the centre, or the first and third parts of the diamond shape) Ladies lead with the Right foot and Gents lead with the Left. The second part of a 'Sevens' (returning to place or the second and fourth part of the diamond shape) Ladies lead with the left foot, Gents with the right.

'Threes' are danced on alternate feet as and-123-and-123 and follow a sequence of Sevens.

The sequence is:   and-1234567-and-123-and-123-and-1234567-and-123-and-123

     Ladies:   and-RLRLRLR-and-LRL-and-RLR-and-LRLRLRL-and-RLR-and-LRL
     Gents:     and-LRLRLRL-and-RLR-and-LRL-and-RLRLRLR-and-LRL-and-RLR

REFERENCE

Murphy, Pat (2000). The Flowing Tide. Cork: Mercier Press.

Created: 6 June 2001 / Updated: 13 March 2004