Reels in Flight of the Falcon

Iain_Boyd

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There is no 'correct' name for the reels in 'The Flight Of The Falcon'.

Barry Priddey did not give the reels a name when he published 'The Flight
Of The Falcon' - the first dance to contain these reels.

Barry Skelton initially described them as 'tandem' reels but later simply
as 'dolphin' reels because of his use of these reels in the dances in his
'Dolphin Book'. (The inspiration for this collection came about because an
observer told him that the reels looked like dolphins frolicking in the
surf.)

When I published 'Homeward Bound' I described the reels as 'swap over'
reels - in this case, single 'swap over' reels because dancing couples
changed places only once during each reel. Where dancing couple change
places at each end of the reel I describe them as double 'swap over' reels.

The use of the description 'tandem' reels comes from John Drewry's use of
the terminology when describing what is now known as Petronella turns 'in
tandem'.

Personally, I believe that calling them 'swap over' reels is the better way
of describing them because that is what dancing couple is doing - swapping
places at one or both ends of the reel.

I have no objection to them being described as 'dolphin' reels in an
informal context such as a briefing but I do not believe the terminology
should be used in more formal contexts such as in a publication. If they
are to be given an informal description then 'falcon' reels would be more
appropriate from the first dance that used them!

Iain Boyd

Can anyone tell me the "correct" name for the reels in The Flight of the
Falcon? My copy of Barry Priddey's Anniversary Tensome hasn't arrived
yet and we're teaching it from instructions given one of our members via
e-mail. I've heard at least three different names for them: shadow
reels, reels in tandem, and last night - dolphin reels.
I would appreciate an explination of each of these types of reels.
Don Gertz,
Portland OR

We sometimes call them "swapover" reels. Seems to me the reels in "Ferla
Mor" are tandem reels, with the same person leading all the way. The name
"dolphin reels" rises from the fact that they are featured in Barry
Skelton's Dolphin Book - "Pelorus Jack", "The Playful Porpoise", "The
Dancing Dolphins" etc., but Barry Skelton's "Flight of the Falcon"
predates this, according to Napier anyway. There was a discussion some
time back of who came up with the idea first, but I don't remember the
outcome.

Becky

Becky Sager,
Marietta GA USA

e-mail. I've heard at least three different names for them: shadow reels,=

reels in tandem, and last night - dolphin reels.
I would appreciate an explination of each of these types of reels.<

Barry Priddey in the The Flight of the Falcon did not give these reels an=
y
title. The title "dolphin reels" comes from Barry Skelton's Dolphin Book,=

where he wrote a number of dances (including the famed Pelorus Jack) whic=
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included this type of reel. It would appear that Barry Skelton did not kn=
ow
of The Flight of the Falcon when he wrote the book as he doesn't
acknowledge Barry Priddey as the source.

The description in The Flight of the Falcon is:

9-16 1M, followed by his partner, begins to dance a diagonal reel of 3=

with 1st corners. At the end of bar 10, having passed 3W by the right, 1M=

and 1W each turn by the right to continue the reel with 1W leading, then =
at
the end of bar 14, having passed 3W by the left, they each turn left abou=
t
to complete the reel with 1M leading.

Bars 17-24 are similar with 2nd corners.

Barry Skelton's book gives various orientations of this type of reel, for=

example with 1 and 2C reeling across the dance, and these have come to be=

called "dolphin" reels.

Brian Charlton,
Sydney, Australia.

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