THE SPA TELEVARA 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 - The Double Chain (Jigs) 248 bars
1 Lead around with R shoulder hold (R hands held on the lady's R shoulder and L hands held low in front) back to place. 8 bars
2 House around, with waltz hold. 8 bars
3 Top couples:
1st couple house within the set, the 1st step being danced slightly anti-clockwise and the 2nd with the gent stepping off on his R foot towards the 2nd corner couple.
8 bars
1st couple square the set: they slide 1, 2, 123 towards the 2nd corner couple, make a turn clockwise and slide 1, 2, 123 towards the couple opposite their own place (4 bars) and house back home (4 bars). 8 bars
Ladies double chain R hand in the centre, L hand to turn under the opposite gent's arm and dance around behind him as he follows her round, R hand in the centre and L to turn underarm and around partners (8 bars) and repeat the whole movement (8 bars). 16 bars
Swing partners with waltz hold. 8 bars
4 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
5 Side couples now dance 3. 1st sides (L of 1st tops) leading. 40 bars
6 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
7 Top couples now dance 3. with 2nd tops leading. 40 bars
8 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
9 Side couples now dance 3. with 2nd sides leading. 40 bars
10 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
Second Figure - Sides Left and Right (Jigs) 312 bars
1 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
2 1st top couple house and square. 16 bars
Sides left and right: top couples face their 1st corner couples and facing couples slide towards each other and back (4 bars) and dance anticlockwise into each other's places, turning once (4 bars). They slide again and dance back home, top couples turning to face their 2nd corner couples (8 bars). The whole 16 bar movement is now repeated with the second couple. 32 bars
3 Swing.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
4 1st side couple now leads 2., side couples facing their 1st corner couples. 48 bars
5 Swing.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
6 2nd top couple now leads 2., top couples facing their 1st corner couples. 48 bars
7 Swing.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
8 2nd side couple now leads 2., side couples facing their 1st corner couples. 48 bars
9 Swing.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
Third Figure - Frog in the Middle (Jigs) 184 bars
1 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
2 Top couples:
1st couple house and square.
16 bars
1st gent and 2nd lady dance in and swing while all others take hands in a circle and dance around anti-clockwise to place. The swinging couple break back to place as the circle opens on the last bar. 8 bars
3 Swing partners.
House around.
16 bars
4 Side couples now dance 2. with 1st couple leading. 24 bars
5 Swing.
House around.
16 bars
6 Top couples now repeat 2. with 2nd couple leading. 24 bars
7 Swing.
House around.
16 bars
8 Side couples now repeat 2. with 2nd couple leading. 24 bars
9 Swing.
House around.
16 bars
Fourth Figure - The Stook of Oats (Jigs) 184 bars
1 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
2 1st top couple house and square. 16 bars
3 Swing behind: gents swing the lady on the L to finish in the lady's place. 8 bars
Lead around, new partners. 8 bars
House around. 8 bars
4 1st side gent and partner house and square. 16 bars
5 Swing behind.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
6 2nd top gent and partner house and square. 16 bars
7 Swing behind.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
8 2nd side gent and partner house and square. 16 bars
9 Swing behind.
Lead around.
House around.
24 bars
Fifth Figure - Face the Hob (Jigs) 408 bars
1 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
2 Face the Hob:
1st top couple house and square and finish in place but facing out of the set.
16 bars
1st sides, 2nd tops and 2nd sides house and square in turn, where and how they prefer, and dance into line behind them, gents behind gents and ladies behind ladies. 48 bars
Circle, gents to the L and ladies to the R (4 bars), to meet up and circle again, this time each gent with his R hand on the R shoulder of the gent in front and each lady with her L hand on the hip of the lady in front. On the last bar, the leading couple forms an arch for the others to dance through. 8 bars
House to opposite, with waltz hold, through the arch and past the home-place to finish in the opposite place. To complete this movement in time all three couples must dance through the arch in the first 3 bars and be in the correct position relative to each other on the 4th bar. They then dance 4 bars into the place opposite their own. 8 bars
3 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
4 Face the hob, with 1st side couple leading, couples dancing in the same order and all finishing back in their homeplace. 80 bars
5 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
6 Face the hob, with 2nd top couple leading, and finishing in opposite places. 80 bars
7 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
8 Face the hob, with 2nd side couple leading. 80 bars
9 Lead around.
House around.
16 bars
Sixth Figure -The Slide 236 bars
1 Top couples:
House around each other.
8 bars
Square the house twice. 16 bars
House around each other. 8 bars
Square the house twice. 16 bars
House around each other. 8 bars
2 Side couples now dance 1. 56 bars
3 Top couples now repeat 1. 56 bars
4 Side couples now repeat 1. 56 bars
Seventh Figure - The Floating Reel 256 bars
1 Lead around with crossed hand hold in front, the gents turning the ladies under both raised arms on the last 2 bars. 8 bars
2 Turn the ladies: gents turn their partners clockwise under L arms, 4 turns. 8 bars
3 Swing partners, with waltz hold. 8 bars
4 Top couples:
Four sevens: couples dance - hop 1234567 across the set, gents back to back. They turn clockwise and dance sevens along that side of the set, turn clockwise and dance back across the set, gents back to back, turn clockwise and dance into place.
8 bars
House around each other. 8 bars
Gents cross over to the opposite lady, R to R, and swing. 8 bars
Gents dance in and link L arms in the centre (2 steps), dance 4x3s anti-clockwise and 2 doubled steps to finish beside their own partners. 8 bars
5 Lead around.
Turn the ladies.
Swing.
24 bars
6 Side couples now dance 4. 32 bars
7 Lead around.
Turn the ladies.
Swing.
24 bars
8 Top couples now repeat 4. 32 bars
9 Lead around.
Turn the ladies.
Swing.
24 bars
10 Side couples now repeat 4. 32 bars
11 Lead around.
Turn the ladies.
Swing.
24 bars
SOURCE
William (Hammy) Hammond, Cecil Sharp House, London, October 1994 who told us that the set comes frm Spa, near Killarney, Co.Kerry.

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