The Mazurka Set from Co. Clare Ireland
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The Mazurka set (Co. Clare) - also known as The Myserks:
Pattern for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th figures:
All: circle, advance/retire twice and swing
Leading Couple: dance inside, dance the Figure and All: House Around
Repeat 3 more times: order is clockwise: 1st tops, 1st sides (left), 2nd tops, 2nd sides

Pattern for 4th figure:
All: circle, advance/retire twice (8) and swing (8) [16]
Leading Couples: dance around each other and dance the Figure and All: House Around
Repeat once: order is Tops, Sides

The Figure:
1st figure (reel): swing in 4

Leading Couple and opposite couple: swing in four with the couple on your left
2nd figure (reel): advance/retire:

Leading Couple and opposite couple: advance/retire twice (right hand in right) with the couple on your left
3rd figure (reel): high gates

Leading Couple: high gates (visitor, partner, partner, visitor); from waltz-hold and keeping hold of the hands in the air, gent reaches under the arch with his right hand to take the right hand of the lady on the left, visiting lady goes under the arch, turns left and goes anti-clockwise around the outside, while partner goes under the arch twice, followed by the gent, finally, the visiting lady goes under the arch and back to place [8]
4th figure (reel): swing all round

both dancing gents: swing each lady in turn, starting with the lady on your left and finishing with your own partner
5th figure (reel): chain

all four couples: shake hands with your partner, chain all round back to place (12) and swing your partner (4)
6th figure (reel): face the wall

Leading Couple and couple on their left: dance around each other and "face the wall" in the direction of the Leading Couple, gent on left, lady on right
other two couples: dance around each other and "face the wall" in the same order as in the set
all four couples: cast off: gents left, ladies right, going around twice (8), Leading Couple make the arch and the other three couples dance under the arch and all couples dance around the set back to place

This summary is intended as a memory aid for people attending my classes, it is not intended as stand-alone instructional material

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The Mazurka Set from Co. Clare Ireland