THE BORLIN JENNY REEL SET

Study Notes Copyright William Lynch 2007

CORNERS AND CORNER COUPLES

(X = gent O = lady)


1st corner

X

 

O

2nd corner

couple

O

 

X

couple

1st corner

 

2nd corner

 

X O

 
 

Home place

 
First Figure - Reels 96 bars
1 Lead around, R hand in R. 8 bars
2 Advance and retire twice, R hand in R. 8 bars
3 Star, R hand (4 bars) and L hand (4 bars), top couples with their 2ndcorner couple. 8 bars
4 Square: with waltz hold and dancing the step described in STEPS below gents reverse the ladies into the place on the R and quarter turn clockwise on the last 2x3s (4 bars). Ladies then reverse the gents into the next place and quarter turn clockwise (4 bars). This 8 bar pattern is then repeated back home. 16 bars
5 House around. 8 bars
6 Advance and retire twice.
Star, sides with their 2ndcorner couple.
Square.
House around.
40 bars
Second Figure - Reels 96 bars bars
1 Lead around. 8 bars
2 Advance, retire and lead around: as they retire, partners lift R hands over the lady's head to rest on her R shoulder and all lead around to the opposite place where the lady threequarter turns clockwise to face centre (8 bars). The whole movement is then repeated back home (8 bars). 16 bars
3 Square. 16 bars
4 House around. 8 bars
5 Advance, retire and lead around.
Square.
House around.
40 bars
Third Figure - Reels 96 bars
1 Lead around. 8 bars
2 Advance, retire and swing: as they retire, partners drop hands and gents swing their 1stcorner lady (8 bars). New couples advance and retire, R hand in R (4 bars), separate, dance back to their partners and swing (4 bars). 16 bars
3 Square.
House around.
24 bars
4 Advance, retire and swing.
Square.
House around.
40 bars
Fourth Figure - Reels 80 bars
1 Lead around. 8 bars
2 Sidestep: partners dance 7s into each other's position and dance 2x3s in place (4 bars). They then repeat the movement back to their own position (4 bars).
NOTE: to pass partners, move to the L in front of, and to the R behind, your partner.
8 bars
3 Square.
House around.
24 bars
4 Sidestep.
Square.
House around.
32 bars
Fifth Figure - Reels 112 bars
1 Lead around. 8 bars
2 Half turn and chain: partners take R hands and half turn clockwise in place so the gents face clockwise and the ladies anti-clockwise around the set (4 bars), then chain all round to place (12 bars). 16 bars
3 Swing. 8 bars
4 Square.
House around.
24 bars
5 Half turn and chain.
Swing.
Square.
House around.
48 bars
Sixth Figure - Reels 112 bars
1 Lead around 8 bars
2 Ladies star, R hand then L hand. 8 bars
3 Gents star, R hand then L hand. 8 bars
4 Wheel around: gents keep L hands across, take partners in waist hold and all wheel round to place. 8 bars
5 Square.
House around.
24 bars
6 Ladies star.
Gents star.
Wheel around.
Square.
House around.
48 bars
STEPS
A light reel step, with no battering, is danced throughout, with this one exception:
Square: the step danced from one place into the next is - hop1 hop2 hop123, (2 bars) with the hop done on the ball, rather than the flat, of the foot. Accordingly, some prefer to think of the step as - skip1 skip2 skip123. However you think of it, it is a light and graceful step with plenty of lift to it. On reaching the next place, couples quarter turn clockwise in place (2 bars) ready to repeat the sequence.
SOURCE
Mick Mulkerrin at his Wexford workshop in November, 2000. Pat Murphy, in his book "The Flowing Tide", describes the set in almost identical manner, the only difference being that, in Pat's version, the hand hold in the Lead around changes in the fourth and subsequent figures from R in R to crossed hand - without any apparent purpose being served by such a change.

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