A question about Dance Sets
Written by Adrian
(4/30/2007 2:11 p.m.)
I know that dances were customarily danced in half-hour sets of two dances with the same partners. My questions is "why?" I am interested in the thinking behind the custom.
Was a half hour considered the best length of time for two young people to be engaged (not too short, not too long)? After all, a practice of forcing dancers to change partners would also have prevented dancing too long with one person; so that is likely not the only reason for sets.
Did a set combine a slower dance and a faster dance thus providing the dancers variety?
Were breaks for refreshments scheduled relative to sets that made them logical units?