For a Three Couple set, you'll need a partner⬀ and join up with two other couples. You'll find yourselves like the six spots on a dice, facing your partner with all the men on one side and all the women on the other. It makes sense to give youself some space and not have to the lines of men and women too close to each other as quite a lot happens in the middle.
The couple closest to the band are called the top, or sometimes the first, couple.
They keep this label right through the dance but will find themselves in a new position, and with a new 'top couple', the next time through the dance
The first couple cast⬀ out, that is turn away from each other, and dance round the second couple.
The man keeps moving because....
So, the new top couple is heading up the set and will find themselves going in the right direction (and at some speed) ready for the cast round the second couple
Some will take a step to the right and back with the left (or vice versa), some will take two hands with their partner and step together and apart, some will leap into the air, land both-footed and kick one leg over the other. Most of the time the caller will just say 'Balance' and you decide how you want to do it.
The two footed jump and kick is is known as a Kick Balance⬀. It can be as energetic as you want it to be. Imagine you are jumping into a puddle and want to make a splash, then kicking your right leg across your left. You are in front of your partner and facing them so if you both do this right leg first you won't be kicking each other (rule number one of Kick Balances). Jump a second time and kick your left leg across your right. As you do these kicks you can be leaving the ground or just lifting yourself slightly, up to the state of your legs and the music.
This dance shows that there are new, good, dances out there to be invented and they don't have to be excessively complicated. All Stars was written during a dance workshop at the Harrow Way School, Andover, with TAPS and Roger Watson as part of a Millenium Festival Project and launched in August 2000 in the Royal Festival Hall Foyer/Ballroom
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