Hand-in-Hand & Gordon Reels

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Message 15202 · 17 Dec 1998 02:37:37 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi Duncan,

>One or two people have asked what are Hand-in-Hand Reels and Gordon Reels.
>Hand-in-Hand Reels are Reels of 3 or 4 that are done with nearer hands
>joined with partner and changing hands at each end of the reel.
>Gordon Reels are Reels of 3 in the Gay Gordons hold with partner, reversing
>direction as in the Gay Gordons at each end of the reel.

OK, now I'm confused...

Hand-in-Hand Reels: Is this Mirror Reels where you touch nearer hands when
you are close to your partner, OR is it a single reel done in couples with
nearer hands joined? If it is the latter, then changing hands at the ends
of the reel reverses the facing direction of the couple. Why is this
happening? Does the couple continue the track of the reel that they would
have danced? If so then they also have to rotate about half way round as
they change hands so they can continue their direction of travel (the
person on the inside becomes the person on the outside). If not then the
couple would be retracing the path they have just come along. If they
retrace, how do they avoid colliding with the other couple who is coming
along the same path?

Gordon Reels: The couple position is called an Allemande or a Varsouvienne
hold. Again, changing the hold as in the Gay Gordons reverses the couple
direction. Same questions as above for a reel in couples.

I have done reels singly, as couples in promenade hold, Allemande hold and
following your partner (shadowed). When I get to the end of the reel, I do
not turn around. I continue the curved track which is the loop at the end
of the reel. If I actually turned around, I would then be retracing the
path I had just come along, which is not a good idea because someone else
would be approaching me along that path. Unless I did not dance a loop at
the end of the reel, but a CUSP (which would have the same effect as
rotating while you changed hands) and then continued along the remaining
track of the reel. This could be very interesting!

Cheers, Oberdan.

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