Children of Erin & Alba

 

 

Suggested Tune: Glasgow Reel (Tam Lin) by Davey Arthur

 

8 x 32R for 3 couples in a 4C set                     devised by Moira Turner

 

1 – 2        1st couple cross down to 3rd place (no hands) and slip into place

               WHILE

               2nd couple & 3rd couple (without taking hands) retire (diagonally up) for one and advance (diagonally up) for one to move up one place.  (FIG 1) 

3 – 4        2nd couple, 3rd couple & 1st couple set to partner (without taking hands in the sidelines).

5 – 8        1st couple retire (diagonally up) for one and advance (diagonally up) for one to move up to 2nd place and turn left hand to finish back to back (but not closely) facing 1st corners

               WHILE

               3rd couple advance (diagonally down) for one and retire (diagonally down) for one to move down to original places (FIG 2), then 2nd and 3rd couples set to partner.

 9 – 12    1st couple change places with 1st corners right hand (FIG 3) & set to 1st corners, all 4 dancers turning to face clockwise round the set (on the 1st corner diagonal) on bar 12.  (FIG 4)

13 - 14     <1st couple change places with partner’s 2nd corner right hand

               WHILE

               1st corners turn right hand ¾ in the centre of the dance.  (FIG 5)

15 - 16     <1st couple change places with partner’s 1st corner (in centre of dance) left hand & pass partner right shoulder to face 2nd corners (in partner’s 1st corner position).  (FIG 6)

17 – 20    1st couple change places with 2nd corners right hand (FIG 7) & set to 2nd corners, all 4 dancers turning to face clockwise round the set (on the 2nd corner diagonal) on bar 20.  (FIG 8)

21 – 22    1st couple change places with own 1st corners (in 2nd corner positions) right hand

               WHILE

               2nd corners turn right hand ¾ in the centre to face the 2nd corner position diagonally opposite their own.  (FIG 9)

23 – 24    1st couple change places with partner’s 2nd corner (in centre of dance) left hand & pass partner left shoulder to finish in 2nd place own side.  (All 4 corners are in the corner position diagonally opposite their own.)  (FIG 10)

25 – 28    1st couple dance diagonal half rights and lefts with 3rd woman and 2nd man.  (FIG 11)

29 – 32    1st couple dance diagonal half rights and lefts with 3rd man and 2nd woman.  (FIG 12)

 

Repeat the dance having passed a couple.  At the end of the 2nd repetition, on bars 31 and 32, 1st and 3rd men stand still, while 1st woman gives left hand briefly to 2nd woman in passing and dances down to 4th place as 3rd woman dances up the sideline following 2nd woman into 3rd place.

 

Note:  The movements in this dance are supposed to be reminiscent of those in Irish step dancing.  During the retiring and advancing on the diagonal (also advancing and retiring) in the first 8 bars, the shoulders should be square to the direction of travel, turns sharp, and hands by sides.  Throughout the dance, the pas de basque turns should also be sharp.

                               

    October, 2004

 

 


FIG. 1:  Bars 1 – 2                                FIG. 2:  Bars 5 – 6

 

3M               2M             1M                                1W               3M             2M

 

                                                         TOP                                                                                                          TOP

                               

 

3W               2W             1W                                1M               3W             2W

 

 

 

FIG. 3:  Bars 9 – 10                                FIG. 4:  Bar 12

 

3M                                 2M                                3M                                 1W

 

                        1W                                 TOP                                                 2M                                                           TOP

             1M                           3W

 

3W                                 2W                                1M                                 2W

 

 

 

FIG. 5:  Bars 13 – 14                                FIG. 6:  Bars 15 - 16

 

3M                                 1W                                1M                                 2W

 

                        2M                                 TOP                                      2M                                                           TOP

             3W                                      3W

 

1M                                 2W                                3M                                 1W

 

 

 

FIG. 7:  Bars 17 – 18                                FIG. 8:  Bar 20

 

2M                                 2W                                2M                                 1M

 

                        1M                                 TOP                                                 2W                                                          TOP

             1W                          3M

 

3M                                 3W                                1W                                 3W

 

 

 

FIG. 9:  Bars 21 – 22                                FIG. 10:  Bars 23 - 24

 

2M                                 1M                                1W                                 3W

 

                        2W                                 TOP                                      2W                                                          TOP

             3M                                       3M

 

1W                                 3W                                2M                                 1M

 

 

 

FIG. 11:  Bars 25 – 26                                FIG. 12:  Bars 29 - 30

 

2W               1M             3W                                2W               1W             2M

 

                                                         TOP                                                                                                          TOP

                               

 

2M               1W             3M                                3W               1M             3M