The Full set requires five Couples and the dance usually consists of five Repeats, each involving all five Couples, with each Couple dancing once through in each Place. Although all are involved, usually two Couples are the Dancing couples.
Most commonly, these are the 1st and 3rd couples; at the end of the first Repeat, the Progression usually leaves the Couples in the order 2 4 1 5 3. In such a dance, 2nd and 4th couples act as Corners for 1st couple and 4th and 5th couples act as Corners for 3rd couple. 4th couple is especially active in that 4th man is Second corner for 1st lady and First corner for 3rd lady while 4th lady is First corner for 1st man and Second corner for 3rd man
In an alternative Progression, where the 2nd and 4th couples are the Dancing couples, as in St Columba's Strathspey, the Finishing order is 3 1 5 2 4.
In at least one dance, Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan, the 1st couple is the only Dancing couple of the Active set and the Finishing order is 2 3 4 5 1. In another, Caddam Wood, the Progression for the Men leads to 2 3 4 5 1 while that for the Ladies is in the opposite direction, Finishing 5 1 2 3 4; at the end of each Repeat, the dancers have new Partners, only being reunited with their Original Partners on the final bar.