# Square Set

Traditionally, the most common

*Circular sets* were for 4

*Couples* in a

*Square set* format. With the innovation of the 3-

*Couple Triangular set* and other derivative forms, the more explicit terminology of subsequent headings (for example,

*4-couple square set*) has been adopted in this Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary; however, the term,

*Square set*, is often used casually to represent the shape of any

*Circular set* for a fixed number of

*Dancers*.

Diagram 20: 4-Couple Square Set.

At the start of the fourth repeat following the progression, 2341, or of the second repeat following the less usual progression, 4123.

Note that the numbered *Places* of the *Dancers* in the *Full set* (the *Places* in which they started the dance) are shown as 1 2 3 4, i.e., in Times New Roman font in the upper left part of the *Dancer's* symbol; their numbered *Places* in the *Active set* (the *Places* in which they started the *Repeat*) are shown as 1 2 3 4, i.e., in Helvetica font in the lower right part.

For *Dancers* disposed as in Diagram 20, the name, *Square set*, is intuitive since it is easy to visualize the square, ABCD, formed by extending the lines joining the *Positions* of the *Man* and the *Lady* of each *Couple*. There is no difficulty in making *The set* neat in shape, even though there are no markers for the points, A B C D. However, the extension of this concept does not work well in the less-favourably named, *Triangular set*. It would have been more fortunate if the *Square set* had been called an Octagonal Set, i.e, the shape of the shaded polygon formed by joining the *Positions* of the adjacent *Dancers*.

Aside from these

*Square sets* with a single

*Couple* on each side of the square, a few

*Square sets* exist with multiple

*Couples*: the

Sixteensome Reel and the

Thirtytwosome Reel are similar to 4-

*Couple Square set* dances but with two and four

*Couples*, respectively, at the

*Top* and

*Bottom* and on each

*Side* of the

*Square set*.

There are also a few *Square sets* for *Partner groups* other than *Couples*.

The Craven Twelvesome has the format of the *4-couple square set* but with threesomes, a *Man* between two *Ladies*, at the *Top* and *Bottom* and on each *Side* of the *Square set*.

The Reel of Five has five individual *Dancers* arranged in the format of the *5-couple square set* and so should be called a *5-Dancer Square set*; confusingly, the RSCDS has chosen to use the term, Diamond Formation (though this would be completely logical if the *Square set* were renamed as the Octagonal Set and the *Triangular set* as the Hexagonal Set).

Domino Five also has five individual *Dancers* arranged in the format of the *5-couple square set*. Here, the deviser chose to define *The set* rotated 45° clockwise and with *Dancers* 1-4 at the corners of *The set*; this has the disadvantage that the style of the *Square set* is lost and it is not unambiguously clear which is the *1st Dancer*.

## Links To Pages Related To 'Circular Sets'

Types Of Sets

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