On Apr 6, 2018, at 3:49 PM, Yoyo Zhou via Callers
> I recall reading something, possibly from Jim Saxe on this list (and maybe
> from Larry Jennings?), about how in most dances without out-of-minor-set
> interactions, you come back into the set ... once - after progressing to the
> end. But in dances like The Hobbit, where you leave the minor set once, you
> actually come back in to the set 3 times. ...
That would have been from me in a message to this list on July 9,
2014 with the subject "An observation about end effects -- becoming
neutral three times at each end".
Based on the meager response at the time, I fear that few readers
got my point (though it looks like Yoyo was one who did). For the
TL;DR crowd, here's the short version:
In almost every contra with even a simple out-of-minor-set
action, dancers who reach the top or bottom will become
neutral and return to the body of the set not twice but at
least *THREE* different times.
I'm not going to give an example. I think that anyone who picks
a few examples of dances with out-of-minor-set action and actually
takes the trouble to trace the end effects carefully will see, now
that I've pointed it out, that what I've said is true. And anyone
who won't take that trouble to do that probably also wouldn't take
the trouble to study my analysis of an example if I gave one.
In case anyone's wondering about my terminology, I won't try to
give definitions of "out-of-minor-set action" and "neutral" that
cover every unusual situation, but here are some remarks about
common situations that should make my meaning clear:
If you leave your partner to dance with a shadow and then
return to your partner, or if you leave a neighbor to dance
with a future neighbor or a previous neighbor and then return
to the first neighbor, I count that as an out-of-minor-set
action. If a dance merely has you and your partner progress
to new neighbors in the middle of the tune (instead of at the
transition from B2 to A1), and you stay in that new foursome
until the same point in the next round of the dance, then I
don't count it as out-of-minor-set action. I also don't count
merely taking hands in long lines with a shadow or a past or
future neighbor while you still have your partner or your
current neighbor in the other hand.
If dancers are doing something in groups of four, I count any
dancers near the top or bottom to the set who aren't part of
a complete foursome as neutral. This includes the case where
a pair dancers stand still during a diagonal ladies' chain
or a diagonal right and left through because there's nobody
to do it with.
If most of the dancers are doing a two-person figure with
partners, neighbors, or shadows on the sides of the set,
then I count as neutral any dancers at the top or bottom
who are (1) standing still, (2) "dancing with ghosts", or
(3) dancing the figure with someone *across* the set
(possibly a partner or shadow acting as a neighbor).
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