>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 no=
full set), there is a way to "share" dancers (somehow) between the sets t=
allow more to dance. Could someone explain how this is done?<
We fairly often use the 'seven-couple' set, which works quite well for 3
couple dances, though there are some dances where it creates problems, so=
it is advisable to be careful in its use.
The 'first' couples for the first time through the dance are in positions=
and 4. At the end of the first time through, the original 5th couple (now=
in 4th place) act as 3rd couple for the original first couple. For the
third time through, the original 2nd and 5th couples start - the original=
first couple staying in third place.
Thus, the original first couple get to dance an extra twice at the end an=
the bottom four couples dance the normal number of times, except that the=
don't get a rest at the top of their part of the set.
The essential thing to remember is that the top three couples never get
below 3rd place and that the bottom four couples never get above 4th plac=
It is theoretically possible to dance in other odd number configurations
(7, 9, etc), but I have never had the need to do that and I have never
worked it out. Heinz Duewell of the Hunter Valley Branch published an
analysis of this in "The Rant" some years ago and I haven't got beyond a
first read of his analysis.
I hope that I have been clear enough in this explanation, please ask if
there are any points that need clarification.