MAZURKA SET

This dance was first danced by the group in 1998 under the instruction of Christy Mac Gearailt, set dance instructor from Dingle in West Kerry. Other published instructions for this dance may differ slightly. Published sources include Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers", Terry Moylan's "Irish Dances", Tom Quinn's "Irish Dances" and Volume 3 of the video series "The Magic of Irish Set Dancing". Joe O'Hara and the Irish-American Lobby Education Foundation have versions of this set online.

First Sides to the LeftFORMATION

Square set numbered clockwise starting with First Top Couple with their backs to the band. First sides are on their left, Second Tops are opposite First Tops and Second Sides are on the right of First Tops.


FIGURE 1: REEL (120 BARS)

All Couples Advance and retire twice - holding hands in a circle 8 bars
All Couples Swing - waltz hold 8 bars
First Tops House inside 8 bars
All Couples Basket - Top Couples with the Side Couple on their left 8 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
First Sides House inside 8 bars
All Couples Basket - Sides Couples with the Top Couple on their left 8 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
Repeat House inside; Basket; House the set - with Second Top Couple and Second Side Couple dancing the house inside 48 bars

FIGURE 2: REEL (120 BARS)

All Couples Circle - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Swing - waltz hold 8 bars
First Tops House inside 8 bars
All Couples Top Couples face the Side Couple on their left (right hand in right) - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
First Sides House inside 8 bars
All Couples Side Couples face Top Couple on their left (right hand in right) - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
Repeat House inside; Advance and retire twice; House the set - With Second Top Couple and Second Side Couple leading 48 bars

FIGURE 3: REEL (120 BARS)

All Couples Circle - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Swing - waltz hold 8 bars
First Tops House inside 8 bars
First Tops +
First Side Lady
High Gates: First Top Couple face to their left - Gent's left hand joined with Lady's right + Gent's right hand joined underneath with the side Lady's right - Side Lady dances under the arch then both Ladies turn to face the opposite direction + Gent and Side Lady form an arch + Side Lady dances anti-clockwise around the Top Couple as Top Lady goes under the arch twice + Top Couple make the arch and Side Lady dances under and back to place 8 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
First Sides House inside 8 bars
First Sides +
Second Top Lady
High gates with Second Top Lady leading 8 bars
All couples House the set 8 bars
Repeat House inside + High gates + House the set - with Second Top Couple (Second Side Lady through first) and Second Side Couple leading (First Top Lady through first) 48 bars

FIGURE 4: REEL 120 (BARS)

All Couples Circle - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Swing - waltz hold 8 bars
Top Couples House around each other 8 bars
Top Gents Swing with each Lady in turn starting with side Lady on their left and finishing with own partner (2 bars to move on + 6 bars swing) 32 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
Repeat Sides house around each other + Side Gents swing all the ladies 40 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars

FIGURE 5: REEL (152 BARS)

All Couples Circle - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Swing - waltz hold 8 bars
First Tops House inside 8 bars
All Couples Face partner right hand in right - Chain all round (Gents anti-clockwise, ladies clockwise - 12 bars) and swing - waltz hold (4 bars) 16 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
First Sides House inside 8 bars
All Couples Chain again (12 bars) and swing 16 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
Repeat House inside + Chain all round and swing + House the Set - Second Top Couple and Second Side Couple leading 64 bars

FIGURE 6: REEL (184 BARS)

All Couples Circle - Advance and retire twice 8 bars
All Couples Swing - waltz hold 8 bars
First Tops +
First Sides
Face the Hob (part 1): First Top Couple and First Side Couple house around each other - finish with First Tops side by side facing out of their position and First Sides behind them 8 bars
Second Tops +
Second Sides
Face the Hob (part 2) - Second Top Couple and Second Side Couple house around each other and line up behind them with Second Sides last 8 bars
All Couples Top Gent and Lady turn out (away from partner) Gents circle left and ladies circle right, going around twice 8 bars
All Couples First Tops face each other and make an arch with both hands. The other couples house anticlockwise under the arch, around to their own places 8 bars
All Couples House the set 8 bars
Repeat Face the Hob - First Sides house with Second Tops and face out from First Sides position followed by Second Sides house with First Tops last in line + Gent's and Lady's circles + First Sides Arch and others house around + All house the set 40 bars
Repeat Face the Hob - Second Tops house with Second Sides and face out from Second Tops position followed by First Tops house with First Sides last in line + Gent's and Lady's circles + Second Tops Arch and others house around + All house the set 40 bars
Repeat Face the Hob - Second Sides house with First Tops and face out from Second Sides position followed by First Sides house with Second Tops last in line + Gent's and Lady's circles + First Sides Arch and others house around + All house the set 40 bars

REFERENCES

Moylan, Terry (1985). Irish Dances. Na Piobairi Ulleann: Dublin. 32-38.

Murphy, Pat (1995). Toss the Feathers. Mercier Press: Cork. 157-159.

Quinn, Tom (1997). Irish Dancing. HarperCollins: Glasgow. 298-302.