TELEVARA SET

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers learned the Televara Set from Volume 7 of the video series "The Magic of Irish Set Dancing" featuring Timmy McCarthy. Later Timmy himself taught us this dance at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay. Other published instructions for this dance include Pat Murphy's "Toss the Feathers" and Tom Quinn's "Irish Dancing".

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. 1st Side Couple are on their left of 1st Top Couple (when facing into the set), 2nd Top Couple opposite and 2nd Side Couple on the right of 1st Tops.

This set uses a very flat version of the down jig step for travelling in the first 5 figures. The jig advance and retire step is forward-2-3-kick back-2-123. The term Kerry Hold (which is identical to the open waltz hold) has been adopted as used by Timmy McCarthy.


FIGURE 1:JIGS (216 BARS)

All Couples Kerry hold (open waltz hold) facing anti-clockwise - Lead around to place 8 bars
All Couples Waltz hold - House around the set 8 bars
1st Top Couple House inside + Square (Waltz hold - 1-2-3-kick 1-2-123 + House to place) 16 bars
Top Couples Ladies double chain: Ladies right hands in the centre + Left arm turn with Opposite Gent + Right hands in the centre + Left arm turn with Partner [8 bars] + Repeat across and back (no turn with Partner at end) 16 bars
Top Couples Waltz hold - Swing 8 bars
Repeat x 3

* All House the set + 1st Side Couples House + Square + Side Couples Ladies double chain + Swing
* All House the set + 2nd Top Couples House + Square + Tops Ladies double chain + Swing
* All House the set + 2nd Side Couples House + Square + Side Ladies double chain + Swing

48 bars
x 3

 

All Couples House the set 8 bars

FIGURE 2: JIGS (248 BARS)

All Couples Kerry hold - Lead around + House the set 16 bars
1st Top Couple House + Square 16 bars
All Couples:
   Tops left
All Kerry hold, Top Couples face the Side Couple on their left - Advance and retire + House across to change places + Repeat: Advance and retire + House to original place 16 bars
All Couples:
  Tops right
Top Couples face Side Couple on their right - Advance, retire, house across + Advance, retire, house to original place 16 bars
Repeat x 3

* All House + 1st Side Couples House + Square + Sides face left - All Advance, retire, house across + All Advance, retire, house back + Sides face right - Advance, retire and house across + All Advance, retire, house to place
* All House + 2nd Tops Couples House + Square + Tops face left - All Advance, retire, house across + All Advance, retire, house back + Tops face right - Advance, retire and house across + All Advance, retire, house to place
* All House + 2nd Side Couples House + Square + Sides face left - All Advance, retire, house across + All Advance, retire, house back + Sides face right - Advance, retire and house across + All Advance, retire, house to place

56 bars
x 3
All Couples House the set 8 bars

FIGURE 3: JIGS (184 BARS)

All Couples Lead around + House the set 16 bars
1st Top Couple House + Square 16 bars
1st Top Gent + 2nd Top Lady Dance in and swing while...
All other join hands in a circle, face anticlockwise (right) - Dance around once to place. Active pair retire to place with the circle opening on the last bar
8 bars
All Couples Swing Partner 8 bars
Repeat x 3

* All House + 1st Sides House + Square + 1st Side Gent and 2nd Side Lady - Swing while... others Dance around the circle to the right + All Swing Partner
* All House + 2nd Tops House + Square + 2nd Top Gent and 1st Top Lady - Swing while... others Dance around the circle to the right + All Swing Partner
* All House + 2nd Sides House + Square + 2nd Side Gent and 1st Side Lady - Swing while... others Dance around the circle to the right + All Swing Partner

40 bars
x 3
All Couples House the set 8 bars

FIGURE 4: JIGS (152 BARS)

All Couples Lead around + House the set 16 bars
1st Top Couple House + Square 16 bars
Corners Ladies turn right / Gents left - Swing Corner and finish in Lady's place 8 bars
Repeat x 3

* All House + 1st Side Gent (with 2nd Top Lady) House + Square + All Swing Corners (Gents to Lady's place)
* All House + 2nd Top Gent (with 1st Top Lady) House + Square + All Swing Corners (Gents to Lady's place)
* All House + 2nd Side Gent (with 2nd Top Lady) House + Square + All Swing Corners (Gents back to original Partner in place)

32 bars
x 3
All Couples House the set 8 bars

FIGURE 5: JIGS (376 BARS)

All Couples Lead around + House the set 16 bars
1st Top Couple House + Square - finish facing out (Lady on the right) 16 bars
1st Side Couple House + Square - finish behind 1st Tops 16 bars
2nd Tops + 2nd Sides 2nd Tops House + Square - finish in line + 2nd Sides House + Square - finish in line 32 bars
All Couples Little circles [1]: Cast off (Ladies right / Gents left) + Circle around twice [12 bars] - finish in waltz hold with Partner and pass under arch made by 1st Top Couple [16 bars] + 1st Sides leading - House to the left to finish opposite original place / 1st Top Couple House out to place then halfway around [8 bars] 24 bars
Repeat x 3

* 1st Sides House + Square - finish facing out + 2nd Tops / 2nd Sides / 1st Tops - House + Square and line up behind + Little circles + House around - finish at home
* 2nd Tops House + Square - finish facing out + 2nd Sides / 1st Tops / 1st Sides - House + Square and line up behind + Little circles + House around - finish in Opposite place
* 2nd Sides House + Square - finish facing out + 1st Tops / 1st Sides / 2nd Tops - House + Square and line up behind + Little circles + House around - finish at home

88 bars
x 3

FIGURE 6: SLIDES (120 BARS)

Top Couples House around each other + Square twice + House around + Square twice + House around 56 bars
Side Couples House inside + Square twice + House + Square twice + House 56 bars

FIGURE 7: REELS (272 BARS)

All Couples

Lower promenade hold - Lead around + Turn Lady under crossed hands 8 bars
All Couples Left hand in left - Turn Lady under 4 times (turning in clockwise direction)

8 bars

All Couples Waltz hold - Swing

8 bars

Top Couples Square the set using 'sevens' step (hop-1234567, ...) with a quarter turn clockwise at each corner + House around each other

16 bars

Top Couples Gents cross to Opposite Lady [2 bars] + Swing [6 bars]

8 bars

Top Gents Left arm hook in centre dancing around (123 123, ...) doubling the last two bars releasing arms to pick up their Partner

8 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

Repeat - Side Couples Square the set + House around + Gents cross and swing Opposite Lady + Gents left arm hook in the centre

32 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

Repeat - Top Couples Square the set + House around + Gents cross and swing Opposite Lady + Gents left arm hook in the centre

32 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

Repeat - Side Couples Square the set + House around + Gents cross and swing Opposite Lady + Gents left arm hook in the centre

32 bars

All Couples Lead around + Turn Lady under + Swing

24 bars

All Couples Square the set using 'sevens' dancing through each position turning 90 degrees at each corner (Gents backs in then Ladies Backs in alternately)

8 bars

All Couples House the set

8 bars

 

NOTES

[1]   Figure 5 has a movement we have called Little Circles. The front Lady places her hands on her waist and the other Ladies' place their hands on hips of Lady in front. The Gents' right hand is placed on the shoulder of the Gent in front. Each line cast off on your own side forming a tight circle, meet your partner at the bottom of the set, lead up, cast off and circle again. The leading Couple form an arch and each Couple takes waltz hold and houses under the arch and around to the left to place.

REFERENCES

Murphy, Pat (1995). Toss the Feathers. Cork: Mercier Press. 208-210.

Quinn, Tom (1977). Irish Dancing. Glasgow: Harper Collins. 432-480.

 


Created: 8 December 2003 / Updated: 7 March 2017