NEWMARKET MEZERTS SET

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Members of Newcastle Irish Set Dancers first danced the Newmarket Mezerts Set at the Harp Irish Pub in Tempe (Sydney) taught by Trish McGrath. Other published instructions for this dance include Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers" and Tom Quinn's "Irish Dancing". Joe O'Hara has a version of this set online.

 

FORMATION

First Sides to the LeftSquare 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 (256 BARS) - Swing All the Ladies


All Couples

Open Promenade hold - Lead around to place

8 bars
All Couples Waltz hold - Square the set moving to the next position on the right [Slide 1-2-123 turning a 1/4 turn on the 123] + Repeat 3 more times to place 8 bars
1st Top Couple House inside 8 bars
1st Top Gent + Each Llady Swing all the Ladies: Waltz hold - Swing Partner [6 bars] + Drop Partner + Turn once and pick up next Lady on the left + Swing each Lady in turn [6 bars] + Drop Lady in front of her Partner + Turn once and pick up the next Lady [while previous Lady steps across to the Gent on her left] + Swing the 4th Lady to own position 32 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
1st Side Couple House inside 8 bars
1st Side Gent + Each Lady Swing all the Ladies 32 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
2nd Top Couple House inside 8 bars
2nd Top Gent + Each Lady Swing all the Ladies 32 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
2nd Side Couple House inside 8 bars
2nd Side Gent + Each Lady Swing all the Ladies 32 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
All Couples Square the set with Sevens [Dancing hop-1234567 + 1/4 turn repeated 4 times to place] 8 bars

 

FIGURE 2: JIGS (224 BARS) - Swing in Threes


All Couples

Lead around + Square the set

16 bars
1st Top Couple House inside [6 bars] + Waltz hold - Raise hands in front of 1st Side Lady who advances and joins the dancing couple in a Basket of Three 8 bars
1st Top Couple + Each Lady Swing in Threes: Swing / Basket left [6 bars] + Raise hands to release Lady + Turn once and pick up next Lady + Repeat with each Lady in turn 24 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
1st Side Couple House inside 8 bars
1st Side Gent + Each Lady Swing in Threes 24 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
2nd Top Couple House inside 8 bars
2nd Top Gent + Each Lady Swing in Threes 24 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
2nd Side Couple House inside 8 bars
2nd Side Gent + Each Lady Swing in Threes 24 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
All Couples Square the set with Sevens 8 bars

 

FIGURE 3: JIGS (160 BARS) - Under the Finger


All Couples

Lead around + Square the set

16 bars
1st Top Couple House inside 8 bars
1st Top Couple Right hand in right - Lady turns under Gent's arm as he dances the Mezerts Step 8 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
1st Top + 1st Side Couples House at home + Turn the Lady under / Gent dances the Mezerts Step 16 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
Both Tops + 1st Side Couples House at Home + Turn the Lady under / Gent dances the Mezerts Step 16 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
All Couples House at Home + Turn the Lady under / Gent dances the Mezerts Step 16 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
All Couples Square the set with Sevens 8 bars

 

FIGURE 4: JIGS (160 BARS) - High Gates


All Couples

Lead around + Square the set

16 bars
Top Couples   8 bars
Top Couples   8 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
New Partners   16 bars
Top Couples   16 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
Top Couples   24 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
Top Couples   16 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples Lead around + Square the set 16 bars
All Couples Square the set with Sevens 8 bars

 

FIGURE 5: JIGS (112 BARS) - The Stalling


All Couples


16 bars
Top Couples   8 bars
Top Couples   8 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
New Partners   16 bars
Top Couples   16 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
Top Couples   24 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
Top Couples   16 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
All Couples   24 bars

 

FIGURE 6: HORNPIPE (160 BARS)


All Couples


16 bars
Top Couples   8 bars
Top Couples   8 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
New Partners   16 bars
Top Couples   16 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
Top Couples   24 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
Top Couples   16 bars
Side Couples   16 bars
All Couples   16 bars
All Couples   24 bars

MEZERTS STEP

In Figure 3 the Gent dances the Mezerts Step (4 times) as the Lady turns under his right arm (4 times).

L = Left / R = Right / h = Heel / t = Toe
The Emphasised toe or heel is weight bearing.
The other steps brush the floor with a small motion away from the body.
In the Lh step the left toe should not leave the floor, merely raise the heel and bring is down again.

Lh   Rh Rt    Lh    Rh Rt    Lh    Rt Rt    Rh    L-stamp        =2 bars / Repeat 3 more times

 

REFERENCES

Murphy, Pat (1995). Toss the Feathers. Cork: Mercier Press. 166-168.

Quinn, Tom (1977). Irish Dancing. Glasgow: Harper Collins. 329-336.





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