Waves of Tory
Copyright © Albert Hybl 2005

Formation A long-line progressive dance in Reel Time. The basic unit is a pair, a Lady and a Gent, facing each other. Any even number of pairs form into two parallel long lines; the Gents join hands along one line and the ladies along the other. The Lady and Gent with their left hand free are the head couple. They should be the couple nearest to the band. They are the first even pair and along with the next pair constitute the head square. All even couples and their corresponding next odd pair are a dancing square.

The dance starts with an eight measure introduction.
It is danced using the Ceili Step (hop 1-2-3, start by hopping left and leading with right foot, then alternate lead feet).
The timing is for a set of six pairs.

Long lines Advance and retire: The lines advance and retire twice. (8 bars)
All squares Right and Left Hand Star: Dancers within each square join right hands in the center and dance clockwise for 4 bars, turn inwards to join left hands and dance anticlockwise back to place for 4 bars. (8 bars)
Long lines Advance and retire: The lines advance and retire twice. (8 bars)
All squares Left and Right Hand Star: Dancers within each square join left hands in the center and dance anticlockwise for 4 bars, turn inwards to join right hands and dance clockwise back to place for 4 bars. (8 bars)
Long Lines March Out and Back: All pairs face forward and join inside hands. The top couple make a 180 degree ClockWise U-turn; succeeding pairs follow. The top-Gent noting where the last-pair are as he makes the initial U-turn then leads the column out to that location and makes a second 180 degree CW U-turn; all pairs march back to their original positions. (8 bars)
All pairs Start the Wave: Top couple face about, join and raise inside hands, Lady's right with Gent's left, to represent the crest of the wave while moving apart to provide room for the the second couple who bend and squeeze, to pass under the arch. The two pairs in the first square have changed places. The top pair next exchange places with the third pair by going under the third pair's arch. The 1st pair will proceed through the set forming alternately the crest then the trough. Pair 2, now at the top of the set, do a face about and follow the fist pair. As each succeeding pair arrive at the head of the set, they too face about and follow. (8 bars)
All pairs Reflect the Wave: When the head pair reach the back end of the set, they face about joining hands - Lady's left in Gents right - and pass under the cresting arch of second pair thus reflecting the wave back up the set. All succeeding pairs do likewise. (8 bars)
All pairs Cast Off: When the top pair arrive at the top of the set and all dancer are facing the front. The head pair release hands and cast off, Lady to the right and Gent to the left, dancing to the rear followed by the other dancers. (8 bars)
Top squire Top Square Forms a Double Arch: The top square forms a double arch at the end of set. All pairs in the second and succeeding squares pass under the double arch. The top square stays at the rear of the set. The second square leads the set to the front becoming the new top square. All couples turn to face each other. The dance is repeated without the introduction. (8 bars)

Background This dance was taught by Marilyn Moore during the Workshop at the Jan 8, 2005 Ceili held by the Emerald Isle Club in Baltimore. It was also one of the dances on the dancelist later that evening. Marilyn does an excellent job calling the dances. The directions given here are based on Marilyn's calls and some notes for a very similar dance with the same name described in the "Northern Junket" (see links listed below). The Emerald Isle Club strives to perform the dances in the traditional way -- as documented in the "official" Ceili dancers's Bible, titled "ÁR RINNCIDE FOINE," first printed in 1939. Thirty dances are described.

References: Goggle searches of the Internet located five variants for "Waves of Tory".
(1). ÁR RINNCIDE FOIRNE strana 35.
(2). Northern Junket, Volume 5 Number 6, March 1956.
(3). Hugo's International Folk Dance Repertoire
(4). http://homepage.ntlworld.com/greenery/BarnDances/WholeSet.html#Waves%20of%20Tory

Historical In the olden days, villagers in Ireland gathered at a crossroad for a picnic and dance party. The roads in those days were rather narrow lanes, that favored longways formation dances. The Waves of Tory is such a dance. Watching the launch and back and forth progression of the wave was and still is spectacular. "The waves in this dance are meant to represent the waves so frequently seen around the island of Tory off the north coast of Donegal." -- Ár RINNCIDE FOIRNE.

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