7s and 3s:
A "Seven" in jig time (2 bars): When moving to the
L, hop on (or onto) right bringing left foot up in front, step L
to L, step R behind L, step L to L, step R behind L, step L to L,
step R behind L. The "seven" may also be done to the R
reversing footwork and direction.
A "Three" in jig time: (1 bar), step R, step L, step
R. Then the next step is LRL. A "three" may be danced
in place or moving in any direction.
A Sidestep consists of one "seven" and two "threes".
If the sidestep is danced to the L, the first "three"
is LRL, the second is RLR. Note: there is a slight pause before
the 7 steps and each 3 step.
These Irish dance steps are done up on the ball of the foot in
a relaxed easy style.
Change Places: This
movement in the Chorus uses sevens and threes stepping, i.e.
All Gents (moving to the right behind Partner who is moving left
to meet Partner's Corner):
hop-2-3-4-5-6-7 (Lt-hop Rt Lt Rt Lt Rt Lt [2Úbars])
+ 123-123 (Rt Lt Rt - Lt Rt Lt [2Úbars])
Ring the Bells: An
alternate for the claps in the Ring the Bells part of the Chorus
is to use alternate hands on the thighs, and clap partners hands
either with hands open with palms facing Partner's Corner, or with
hands crossed with palms facing Corner (or alternately crossed/uncrossed)...
1234 1-2 1234 1-2, i.e.
H-r H-l H-r H-l + Clap Clap + H-r H-l H-r H-l + Clap Clap
Abbreviations: H-r = R-hand on R-thigh / H-l = L-hand on L-thigh
Quinn, Tom (1997). Irish Dancing. HarperCollins: Glasgow.