THE FIVE COUPLE SET

 
If we consider a “normal” dance of 3 couples in a 4 couple set, where 1s go through supported by their
corners and then repeat from second place, three couples are moving every time.  Everyone has two turns as dancing couple, and four turns as corners, so everyone is in six repeats.
1+2&3,   1+3&4,   2+3&4,   2+4&1,   3+4&1,   3+1&2,   4+1&2,   4+2&3

However if there is 5th couple but the music is only to be played 8 times, the balance is changed.  Traditionally 4s have one turn as dancing couple, then go to the bottom as they should; then 1s, 3s, 4s, & 5 each have five turns, but the original 2s have only four turns.  Second couple are penalised slightly.
1+2&3,   1+3&4,   2+3&4,   2+4&5,   3+4&5,   3+5&1,   4+5&1,   5+1&2.
If dancing couples are given 2 points, and supporting couples 1 point; 1s and 3 get 7 points, while 2s, 4s
& 5 each get 6 points, but this is as fair as possible.

 

Recently some people (who are not good at doing sums), require 4s after their turn as dancing couple, to stay in
second place, to be a supporting couple for 5s.   This is an advantage to 4s who then have 6 turns. 1s, 3s & 5s each have 5 turns, but the poor second couple only have 3 turns.  The original second couple are penalised even more, as they do nothing for the latter half of the dance!!!
1+2&3,   1+3&4,   2+3&4,   2+4&5,   3+4&5,   3+5&1,   4+5&1,  5+4&1.
If dancing couples are given 2 points, and supporting couples 1 point; 1s, 3 & 4s each get 7 points, 5s get 6 points and 2 only get 5 points.

It is obviously fairer to all if 4s have their turn as dancing couple and then go to the bottom for 5th couples turn.