THE BALLYCOMMON SET

Study Notes Copyright William Lynch 2007

First Figure - Link Off (Polkas) 56 bars
1 House around. 8 bars
2 Link off: gents link L elbows with the lady on L, and turn her twice anti-clockwise. 8 bars
3 Swing partners, with waltz hold. 8 bars
4 Link off. 8 bars
5 Swing. 8 bars
6 House around and stamp the last beat of the 8th bar. 8 bars
Second Figure - Swing all Round (Polkas) 88 bars
1 House around. 8 bars
2 Slide in and out: with partners facing each other, R hand in R, all couples slide 2 steps to the centre, 1,2,3 cut and back 2,3 stamp (4 bars). The movement is then repeated. 8 bars
3 Swing corners: couples drop hands and the gents swing the lady on the L across into the gent's place. 8 bars
4 Slide in and out twice, new couples.
Swing corners.
16 bars
5 Slide in and out twice, new couples.
Swing corners.
16 bars
6 Slide in and out twice.
Swing partners.
16 bars
7 House around. 8 bars
Third Figure - Circle (Slides) 112 bars
1 House around.
Link off.
16 bars
2 Circle: each gent takes L hand hold with his corner lady and R hand hold on his partner's R shoulder. All face anticlockwise around the set and dance around to place. 8 bars
3 Slide in and out twice. 8 bars
4 Full slide: taking waltz hold, all couples slide in and out - slide, 2, 3 cut and back, 2, 123 - then house around to the opposite place. They then repeat this movement back home. 16 bars
5 House around.
Link off.
Circle.
Slide in and out twice.
Full slide.
48 bars
6 House around. 8 bars
Fourth Figure - Half Slide (Polkas) 96 bars
1 House around.
Link off.
Swing partners.
24 bars
2 Top couples: slide and change: they slide to the centre and back (4 bars) and house across into the opposite place (4 bars). The whole movement is then repeated back home. 16 bars
3 House around.
Link off.
Swing partners.
24 bars
4 Side couples slide and change. 16 bars
5 House around. 8 bars
Fifth Figure - Full Slide (Polkas) 64 bars
1 House around. 8 bars
2 Full slide: all four couples slide and change places and repeat back home. 16 bars
3 House around.
Full slide.
24 bars
4 House around. 8 bars
SOURCE
Larry Lynch at his workshop at Aras na nGael, London 1992.

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