Long or Great Set

Bryan McAlister

Message 19081 · 27 Oct 1999 00:34:02 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In article <3813520X.XX5X2707@xxxxxx.xxx>, TayHaven <xxx@xxxxxx.xxx>
writes
>Wow, As someone new to SCD what is a long or great set and how do you
>dance a two couple dance in one?
>
>Thanks,
>Susan,
>Maberly
>
>--
>TayHaven <xxx@xxxxxx.xxx>
>
In olden days, as they say, dances were done in long sets, not in groups
of 4 couples, which are a relatively modern invention. Every second
couple starts at once...

however you may have noticed references to particularly eminent couples
leading of the dance suggesting that first couple started and worked
down the set others joining in afterwards.

One point however worth considering is the length of the set. The band
in which I play use a number of long set dances and they get stale if
they go on too long. Maybe 6-8 couples is a good length then no one gets
completely knackered.
Bryan McAlister B Arch RIBA ARIAS
Web page www.bryanmac.demon.co.uk
Mobile phone 07801 793849

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