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Origin of Appalachian Square Dance

Thurston rejects the notion that Appalachian squares did not originate from American Indian dances nor were they independently created. He concludes that they came from Europe, particular from the British Isles and even more particularly from Ireland. He demonstrates a strong connection between the structure of typical Appalachian squares with that…

Roscommon Lancers - Irish set

Chris J. Brady writes: How about the Roscommon Lancers - with an embellished 'rant' step termed 'battering' in Ireland. Wonderful stuff.There are nine figures (aka square dances) in the Roscommon Lancers and with no caller in sight. There's no need for a caller when everyone knows the set and there are no wishes to change any of the…

Irish set dances - a list of examples

Clarebannerman channel on YouTube (once there, enter "set" in the search window) Clare Set Newport Set Corofin Plain Set Kilfenora Plain Set Mullagh Half Set (two couples) Enniscorthy Set Dancers (two couples) Around The Floor & Mind The Dresser Roscommon LancersRoscommon Lancers (another performance)Caledonian Set (many dancers) Irish Polka…

Clare Plain Set

The August set dancing weekend in Kilrush, Co Clare, features outdoor ceilis in the town's market square. The Glenside Ceili Band were the featured musicians on Saturday afternoon when they played this Plain Set. --- Michael McGuire writes: A majority of Irish sets end with a "change partner" figure. It is generically called the "social figure"…

Irish Set Dances - an introduction

An introduction to Irish Set DancesSet dances are danced by four couples arranged on the sides of a square. and, occasionally, in “half sets” of two couples opposite each other. Sets are almot always broken up into several (usually 5 or 6, but ranging from 2 to 9) "figures". These “figures” often, but not always, have a…