Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Full Set

A Full set is the group of dancers, 2 or more Couples or threesomes or even individual dancers, required in order to perform the particular dance in its standard form. It is not in common use but is used in this Dictionary of Scottish Country Dancing wherever the Beginner might be confused by the expression, The set, which is loosely used to mean either the Full set or the Active set.

This differentiation is particularly necessary when dealing with Full sets of 4 Couples in which either 2 or 3 Couples are actually performing (as the Active set(s)) while the other(s) are Standing, awaiting the next Repeat; it is also relevant for Round the room sets for which there is an odd Partner group of Couples or threesomes.

Whenever any Partner group is identified by Place number as, for example, 3rd couple of the Full set, that means the Place occupied in the Full set at the beginning of the dance.

For more details, see 3 couple repeat in 4 couple set, 2 couple repeat in 4 couple set and Round the room sets.

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