SET DANCE TERMINOLOGY

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ANTI-CLOCKWISE
 -See COUNTER-CLOCKWISE


CLOCKWISE
 -Used to describe turning movements, either of an individual or a 
  couple in place, or of dancers around the floor, as they would be 
  seen from above.



COUNTER-CLOCKWISE  (also called ANTI-CLOCKWISE)
 -Used to describe turning movements, either of an individual or a 
  couple in place, or of dancers around the floor, as they would be 
  seen from above.



COUPLE
 -Consists of a man and a woman, who both dance together as partners in a set.




COUNTING  (various meanings)
 1. keeping track of the beats in a bar of music.
 2. keeping track of the bars in a movement that consists of a 
    number of bars.
 3. keeping track of a couple's turn to dance in relation to the other couples' 
    turns to dance.
 4. keeping track of a couple's position in a movement in relation to the 
     other couples' positions in that movement.



DANCE HOLD
 -One of many ways that a couple holds each other while dancing.
 -STANDARD DANCE HOLD:
    - see Waltz Hold 	


FIGURE
 1. The individual dances that comprise the set.
 2. The characteristic movements within each of these dances that 
    distinguish them from others in the same set. 
 

HOLD
 -See DANCE HOLD 



HOME (For meaning No. 2, also called "Dance at Home". 
  1. "Home": The area of the dance floor immediately around 
             each couple when in the standard locations. 
  2. For "Dance at Home," see HOME under MOVEMENTS 



LOCATION
 -Spot on the floor in, around, or outside the set.
 -STANDARD LOCATION:
    - one couple (called 1ST TOPS), side by side each other, with 
      backs to the musicians, stands about 10 feet away from another 
      couple (called 2ND TOPS), side by side eachother, with fronts to 
      the musicians.  Other two couples (SIDES) stand perpendicular 
      to the musicians and the first two couples (TOPS), side by side 
      their own partners and opposite each other, centred on the same 
      centre as the TOPS.
    - Which SIDE couple is called 1ST SIDES varies by the set being 
      danced.  Of Course, when one couple is called 1ST SIDES in a set, 
      the opposite couple is called 2ND SIDES.


POSITION
 -How a couple is oriented toward each other.
    (With location, dance hold, and position, one can describe where a person 
    or couple should be at any given time, in what hold, and how they are 
    oriented to each other.)
 -STANDARD POSITION: 
    - man on left, woman on right



PARTNER
 -a man or a woman from a couple in a set, when considered in relation to the 
  other person in the couple.


SET
 1. -A set is composed of 8 people, who make up 4 couples.
    -Dances consist of as many sets as people, space, and acoustics can 
     provide for.
 2. A set (or set dance) is comprised of many figures to be danced separately, 
    usually with a break between each figure.  There is a standard order for the 
    figures in each set.  (Each set is a set of dance figures.)
 


SIDES (or SIDE couples) 
 1ST SIDES
   -often the couple to the left of 1ST TOPS
   -however, in some sets, the couple to the right of 1ST TOPS

 2ND SIDES
   -often the couple to the right of 1ST TOPS
   -however, in some sets, the couple to the left of 1ST TOPS




TOPS  (or TOP couples)
 1ST TOPS
   -always couple with their backs to the music

 2ND TOPS
   -always couple with their fronts to the music

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