> Traditionally I believe 2 or 3 couples would get up, dance once through, > and then a new couple would join the bottom of the set each time though, > until the band got bored, or the original first couple died of > exhaustion.
I think this was the custom around the beginning of the 19th century.
Maybe this is the real reason why SCD was dying out in the early
1920's (ready for Miss M. and others to rescuscitate) it was
becoming generally known that too many "original first couples died
of exhaustion" and without a first couple it's pretty difficult to
get a set together. :).