WEXFORD HALF SET

This version was taught by Patrick O'Dea in a workshop in Sydney in October 1999 and is similar to that in Tom Quinn's "Irish Dancing". Pat Murphy has a version with four figures in "The Flowing Tide".

FORMATION

Set of two couples, Gents on the left of their partners. First Top Couple have their backs to the band, with Second Top Couple opposite them. Both Couples dance each movement unless stated otherwise.


FIGURE 1: POLKAS [ or Reels ] (72 BARS)

Dance in place

Dance in place facing opposite Couple

8 bars

Walk the Lady across + Dance in Place Right hand in right - Ladies turn anticlockwise so Gent's right hand is over the Lady's shoulder + Couples change palces by walking, Lady leading the Gent + Gent bring right arm over Lady's head [4 bars] + Dance in Place facing Partner 8 bars
Walk home + Dance in place Repeat above - Walking to home + Dance in place facing Partner 8 bars
Swing Wexford swing hold - Grip right hands + Left palm cupped around Partner's right elbow 8 bars
Ladies Half Chain Walk the chain half way (16 steps) with Ladies taking right hands in the centre and left with opposite Gent turning with him until Ladies face Gent's usual position + Gents cross the set while Ladies walk to their own position [8 bars] + Dance facing partner [8 bars] 16 bars
Walk home + Dance in position Walk to home [4 bars] + Dance in place facing Partner 8 bars
Swing Wexford hold - Swing partner and stamp last beat facing opposite Couple 8 bars

 

FIGURE 2: JIGS (104 BARS)

1st Lady +
2nd Gent

Walk around each other 3/4 turn passing right shoulders [4 bars] to face each other forming a cross (between own partners) + Dance on the spot [4 bars] + Swing [8 bars] returning to place

16 bars
Ladies Half Chain + Dance in place Walk the half chain - Ladies right hands in the centre + left turning opposite Gent until Ladies face Gent's usual position + Gents cross the set, Ladies to place + Dance facing partner [8 bars] 16 bars
Walk home + Dance in position Walk to home [4 bars] + Dance in place facing Partner 8 bars
Swing Wexford hold - Swing 8 bars
2nd Lady +
1st Gent
Walk around each other 3/4 turn passing right shoulders face each other + Dance on the spot [4 bars] + Swing [8 bars] returning to place 16 bars
Ladies Half Chain + Dance in place Ladies chain halfway - right hands in the centre + left turning opposite Gent + Gents cross the set, Ladies to place + Dance facing partner 16 bars
Walk home + Dance in position Walk to home + Dance in place facing Partner 8 bars
Swing Wexford hold - Swing 8 bars

 

FIGURE 3: POLKAS [ or Reels or Jigs ] (136 BARS)

Ladies Half Chain + Dance in place Ladies chain halfway - right hands in the centre + left turning opposite Gent + Gents cross the set, Ladies to place + Dance facing partner 16 bars
Walk home + Dance in position Walk to home + Dance in place facing Partner 8 bars
Swing Wexford hold - Swing...1st Lady joins 2nd Couple at the end, to Gent's left facing him 8 bars
Dance in place All Dance in place - Lady-Gent-Lady facing Gent 8 bars
Basket Little Christmas 8 bars
Chain + Dance in place + Walk home + Swing Ladies chain halfway + Gents cross the set, Ladies to place + Dance facing partner + Walk to home + Dance facing Partner + Swing...2nd Lady joins 1st Couple 32 bars
Dance in place + Basket All Dance in place - Lady-Gent-Lady facing Gent + Little Christmas 16 bars
Chain + Dance in place + Walk home + Swing Ladies chain halfway + Gents cross the set, Ladies to place + Dance facing partner + Walk to home + Dance facing Partner + Swing...2nd Lady joins 1st Couple 32 bars

 

FIGURE 4: POLKAS [ or Reels ] (56 BARS)

Sidestep past Partner Facing into the set - Side step past Partner to Partner's corner using 7s and 3s (Ladies in front) [2 bars] + Dance in place facing Corner without taking hands [6 bars] 8 bars
Swing Swing Corner Person 8 bars
Sidestep back Sidestep back (7s and 3s - Gents in front) + Dance in place 8 bars
Sidestep past Partner Side step past Partner to Corner + Dance in place 8 bars
Swing Swing Corner 8 bars
Sidestep back Sidestep back + Dance in place 8 bars

 

FIGURE 5: JIGS (72 BARS)

Dance in place Couples dance in place facing into the set 8 bars
Pass through and back Walking - Pass through, Ladies in the centre + Turn towards Partner + Pass back to own position 8 bars
Dance in Place Face partner - Dance in Place [8 bars] + Swing [8 bars] 16 bars
Dance in place Couples dance in place facing into the set 8 bars
Pass through and back Walking - Pass through, Ladies in the centre + Turn towards Partner + Pass back to own position 8 bars
Dance in Place Face partner - Dance in Place [8 bars] + Swing [8 bars] 16 bars

Stepwork

In the following...

R means on or onto the Right foot / L means Left foot
t with, on or onto the Toe / h on or onto the Heel.

For Polka (or Reel) figures - as for the Cavan Reel:

R shuffle (Rt-t) + L hop + R back-2-3 (Rt-Lt-Rt)
L shuffle (Lt-t) + R hop + L back-2-3 (Lt-Rt-Lt)
R shuffle + L Hop + R back-2-3 / L shuffle + R Hop + L back-2-3
Repeat + Stamp last Right-Left on bar 8

For Jig figures - trebles:

R shuffle-down (Rt-t-h) / L Shuffle-down (Lt-t-h)
          R shuffle-up, i.e. L hop (Rt-t L hop) / R shuffle-down
L shuffle-down / R Shuffle-down / L shuffle-up / L shuffle-down
Repeat with bar 8 replaced by Stamp R-L-R

REFERENCES

Murphy, Pat (2000). "The Flowing Tide". Mercier Press: Cork. 182-183.

Quinn, Tom (1997). Irish Dancing. HarperCollins: Glasgow. 476-478.


Created: 13 October 2001