Naming of figures

Ian Brockbank

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Hi Martin,

> I was planning to ask a question on the naming of figures. I have
> a new dance ready which contains "dolphin" reels. We have had two
> discussions on this according to the archives. To summarize those:
> Barry Skelton used the formation in the dances that he has
> published in "The Dolphin Book" hence the term "dolphin" reel.
> Barry Priddey independently used the formation in a dance called
> "Flight of the Falcon" hence the term "falcon reel".
> Iain Boyd preferred to call these reels swap-over reels in
> one of his dances.
>
> I confess to not liking any of the three suggestions as a general
> name for the figure. "Dolphin" and "falcon" are rather too
> general. To me, "swap-over" suggests changing from one reel to
> another rather than within the same reel. And, the problem with
> tandem reel is that it more properly describes the reel in which
> one person follows the other throughout the reel (such as in
> "Ferla Mor").

I agree that tandem reels are another figure, and swap-over reels
says the same thing to me as it does to you. I don't have a problem
with "falcon reels", though. It joins the tradition of "Cadgers
reels", "Gates of Edinburgh reels", "Inveran reels". Mind you, I
would only tend to use any of these figures when calling or when
writing a crib, and not as part of an official dance description. In
that case I think "alternating tandem reels" covers it quite nicely
... as long as you then go on to describe them.

Cheers,

Ian

PS I've added tandem, falcon and dolphin reels to the list of "other
figures you may hear used".
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