Long or Great Set

Keith Grant

Message 19085 · 27 Oct 1999 02:36:57 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Richard L Walker wrote:
>
> This topic reminds me of a question I have from time to time but never
> remember to ask (until now).
>
> When you have one full set (of four) and only part of another set (but not a
> full set), there is a way to "share" dancers (somehow) between the sets to
> allow more to dance. Could someone explain how this is done?
>
> --
> Richard L Walker <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx>

What it sounds like you're thinking of is a seven couple set.

Consider a 3 couple dance with a full set immediately below a 3-cpl set.
I'll use T to denote the top set and B to denote the bottom set and numbers
for the original position of the couples, giving

(music) T1 T2 T3 B1 B2 B3 B4

So T1 and B1 start the dance as active couples. After the first time
through, we have

(music) T2 T1 T3 B2 B1 B3 B4

Since B2 are sitting out the 2nd time through (with respect to their own
set), and since T1 and T3 need another couple, they borrow B2 for the 2nd
time through.
B1, B3, and B4 just keep dancing normally.

Following their stint with the top set, B2 immediately become active couple
in the bottom set for the 3rd time through and T2, T3, and T1 (in that
ordering) dance in the top set.

And so it goes. Every time the active couple in the top set starts from 2nd
place, there is an inactive couple at the top of the bottom set that they
borrow. Only the couples reaching 1st postition in the top set or 4th
position in the bottom set get to rest out, requiring a bit of awareness to
resist that temptation to let weight drop onto your heels (voice of having
done the opposite too many times).

...Keith

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