(of a boxer who has been knocked down) get up before the referee counts to ten. 'although Hurst tried to beat the count, it was clear that he was unable to. Hear the beat in ballroom music by counting sets of 8 (sets of 6 in waltz). Listen for the downbeat and upbeat. Ballroom classes don't teach the beat. The key to hearing the beat is listening for the “sets of 8,” also known as an “8- count ” or a “dancer's 8.” A set of 8 is a rhythmic grouping of 8 beats. It's like a.