IRISH SET DANCE, sometimes called "country sets", is a popular form
of folk dancing in
* 1 History * 2 The Set * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
Set dances are based on quadrilles , which were court dances . These were transformed by the Irish into a unique folk dance of the Irish rural communities.
Gaelic League was formed in 1897, it sought to discourage
set dance, because it was perceived as being of foreign origins, and
consequently at odds with the League's nationalist agenda. In its
place, the League promoted ceili dance , a process which continued
during the 1930s and 1940s with the support of the
Shramore Set, 2nd Figure, swing with Céilí-hold
To start, four couples are arranged in the form of a square to dance with each couple being in the middle of the sides of the square. Both the eight dancers in the group and the dance itself are called a "set". The dance is a sequence of several dance figures , which usually have a common theme or structure. The figures usually begin and end with repeated parts that everyone dances, and then during the figure each couple or pair of couples will dance separately. In the set, the couple with their backs to the band are traditionally named "First Tops" with "Second Tops" facing them. The couple on First Tops left hand side is called "First Sides" with "Second Sides" facing. Usually the First Tops are the first to dance, with some sets having First Sides and then Second Tops going next and some having Second Tops and then the First Sides. Second Sides is almost always the last couple to dance, and is therefore a good place for beginners to start, as they get more time to watch the demonstrations of the figure that the other couples give.
Set dances from a particular region usually have similar elements.
For instance, sets from the
Distinctive set dances and dance regions emerged in the beginning of the 19th century and evolved as popular house dances separate from the more formal Irish step-dancing tradition. In some homesteads a kitchen pot was placed under the flag stones as an extra acoustical element for the house dance.
* List of Irish Set Dancing Champions
South Galway Set
Clare Lancers Set
* ^ Kavanagh, Donncha; Kuhling, Carmen; Keohane, Kieran (September
2008). "Dance-work: Images of Organization in Irish Dance".
Organization. 15 (5): 725–742. doi :10.1177/1350508408093650 .
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* ^ Dancing in
* Toss the Feathers - Irish Set Dancing Pat Murphy, Mercier Press ISBN 1-85635-115-7 * The Flowing Tide: More Irish Set Dancing Pat Murphy, Mercier Press ISBN 1-85635-308-7 * Apples in Winter - Irish Set & Social Dancing Pat Murphy, available at: firstname.lastname@example.org * A Handbook of Irish Dances, 5. Edition, J. G. O' Keeffe, Art O' Brien, Gill ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v
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* Step dance * Sean-nós dance (in the United States ) * Festival dance
* Ceili dance * Set dance * Rinnce Fada
2 2 and 4 4 dances
6 8 dances
* Single and double jig * Treble jig * Haste to the Wedding
9 8 dances
* Slip jig
12 8 dances
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