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Shoo-Fly Swing and La Boulangère

Compilation of sources that reveal the similarity between La Boulangère, a European dance around 1800 and the only dance mentioned by name by Jane Austen, and the Shoo-Fly Swing, its American descendant found as the closing figure of a big set dance.

John Ramsay - Set Running, a Southern Folk Dance

This article, written in 1987 and updated in 2013 by longtime dancer, caller, and organizer John Ramsay, presents his views on what has been termed "set running," a style of dance that was named by folklorist Cecil Sharp when he came upon it in Harlan County, Kentucky, in 1917. The form is sometimes called the "Kentucky Running Set," though there…

Royal Scotch Quadrilles - 5th figure

Comments from Susan de Guardiola: The Royal Scotch Quadrilles were written by London dancing master Thomas Wilson in response to the (in his opinion, undeserved) success of The Caledonian Quadrilles, which he accurately regarded as French quadrilles cleverly marketed as Scottish (via a bagpiper on the cover) rather than as truly Scottish style…

Lancers Quadrille - Le Visite

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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"…

Kilfenora Set

At the Kilrush set dancing weekend, the Glenside Ceili Band plays music for the Kilfenora Set at an outdoor ceili on the town square.

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…

Irish House Dance

Lengthy text describing set dancing, as well as video footage taken at a house dance

Two hornpipes played by Tony MacMahon - Accordian, Paul McGrattan - Flute, and Kevin Glackin - Fiddle.

From the description on YouTube:
Quite different from step dancing is set dancing, which is the type of traditional social dancing done strictly for…

Ed Gilmore - Square Dance Callers Instruction Course - 1949

This is the text of the syllabus of Ed Gilmore's class. The text is included on the website, or you can download a ZIP file of it. Contains plenty of philosophy, discussion of the caller's role, a detailed series of suggestions about how to teach basic figures (complete with specific language that he uses), plenty of detailed dance instructions,…

Quebec - Baie Saint-Paul, #1

Footage from Baie Saint-Paul, in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, taken at the "Centre hospitalier de Charlevoix" on January 5, 1974, by Guy Landry. Dance historian Pierre Chartrand describes this as "a kind of 'Homme voleur' [thief]".The active gent "steals" each of the other ladies in turn, dancing with her and leaving her next to his own partner…