SWEETS OF MAY (North Ireland)
Solaisai na Bealtain (so-law-shee'nuh byowl'-thuh-nuh). Taken from Viltis
Music—Record: Riverside 7525 "Come to the Ceili" National N-4514. 8 meas introduction
Formation—4 cpls in square, cpl 1 with backs to music, numbered CCW around square.
Steps—Sevens and Threes, in jig time. On balls of feet in relaxed easy style. Joined hands at shoulder height.
I. SIDESTEP IN CIRCLE
A 1-4 All circle L with sidestep (1 seven and 2 threes) to L.
5-8 Circle back to place with sidestep to R. On last "three" take an extra step R (meas 8, ct 5) to adjust wt for next step.
1-4 Continue to circle R with sidestep to R.
5-8 Circle back to place with sidestep to L.
(a) PROMENADE ACROSS
B 9-10 Ptrs join inside hands at shoulder height, out-
11-12 All dancing two threes, cpls 2 and 4 exchange places while cpls 1 and 3 release hands, turn individually, M ˝ CW, W ˝ CCW, and join new inside hands at shoulder height.
13-14 With two threes, cpls 1 and 3 return to original places through the ctr of the set, W passing L shoulders, while cpls 2 and 4 turn individually.
15-16 With two threes, cpls 2 and 4 return, while
(b) FORWARD AND BACK
9-10 With two threes, cpls 1 and 3 move fwd twd
other, while cpls 2 and 4 repeat the action
11-12 With two threes, cpls 2 and 4 move fwd twd
13-14 With two threes, cpls 1 and 3 move fwd again, while cpls 2 and 4 move bwd.
15-16 Cpls 2 and 4 do two threes in place, while
(c) CLAP AND CHANGE
C 17 All
face ctr of set and clap thighs twice (cts
18 Clap own hands together twice (cts 1, 4).
19-20 Repeat action of Fig II(c), meas 17-18.
21-24 Exchange places with ptr with one sidestep, M
17-24 Repeat action of Fig II(c), meas 17-24, re-
to original places, M moving to L and
III. LEAD AROUND
D 25-32 Ptrs with inside hands joined at shoulder height face CCW around
the set and lead around (promenade) with 8 threes. Release hands and turn
individually M ˝ CW, W ˝ CCW on
25-32 Join new inside hands and promenade back to
repeated original places.
1-32 Repeat entire action of Fig II.
A 1-2 Ptrs
join inside hands. Cpls 1 and 2 face each other. Cpls 3 and 4 face each
other. Cpls 1 and
release hands and turn individually, M ˝
2 and 4 make the arches while cpls 1 and
join both hands and turn ˝ CW with
1-6 Repeat action of Fig V, meas 1-6 facing new
7-8 All release hands and turn individually to face
repeated ctr of set, M ˝ CCW, W ˝ CW.
entire action of Fig II. All join hands in
VII. THREAD THE NEEDLE
D 25-32 No. 1 M
and No. 4 W release hands. Cpl 1
25-32 Repeat action of Fig VII, meas 25-32 with
repeated cpl 4 forming the arch
while No. 1 M leads
VII. SIDESTEP IN CIRCLE
E 33-40 All join hands in single circle and repeat entire action of Fig I.