On Thu, 21 Oct 1999 Alan Paterson posted: > ... As we all know, at a ball or social dance, ... an encore may > be requested. ........ However, what do you do when it is a > 2-couple dance?... 2 alternatives .... > > - The top 2 couples dance only. When the 1st time through is over, > the 1st couple drop to 4th place.... Disadvantage: 2-couples are > hanging about at the bottom every time through.
Agreed: a very frustrating way of using the encore time.
> - the 3s and 4s start dancing immediately. Progression as in the normal 8 > times through situation: Disadvantage: it is a bit unfair. 1st couple > dance 3 times from 1st place. 2nd couple dances once from 2nd place and > twice from 1st place, 3rd couple dances omce from 1st place and twice from > 2nd place, 4th couple dances 3 times from 2nd place. > > Does anyone have any other variant? Is there a generally accepted standard > anywhere? > > I believe that I have worked out a 'fair' variant in that everyone dances > all the time but the people in 2nd and 3rd place change places after > every repetition, but that might just be a mite tricky :-}
We had an encore of a 2-couple dance in Rechberg. In our set 1C
several times scampered down to 4pl ("Once and to the bottom"),
and then the bottom 2 couples danced with a "late start". Quite fair,
but much less satisfactory than your suggestion of the 2pl-3pl switch.
It is a pity the MC (was it you or Jack Campbell?) did not propose
the 2pl-3pl switch. No more "tricky" than "once and to the bottom"
which everyone can manage. I expect this idea would catch on
rapidly and soon become standard, at least in Germany.
I much prefer your variant to the alternative of splitting into 2C sets.
That is also fair, but much less social.
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