> This week we did a dance which I think was called the "Reids of > Montgomery", but I'm not sure and I'm not sure of the spelling of > "Reid". > It had a figure whereby the first couple began facing their first > corners. the first couple then did a full diagonal reel of four while > the 2nd and 3rd couples did mirror reels of three on the sides. In other > words the reel of four and the reels of three were integrated. >
Not only is it true that the reels of three are actually two
half reels of three it is also the case that they are not
mirror reels. To be mirror reels the middle dancers ( !rst couple
in this case ) would begin in the same direction but giving
different shoulders. When the reels are begun in the opposite
direction with the same shoulder the phrasing calls for covering
on the diagonal.
In social dancing we do alter the phrasing to allow
shoulder-to-shoulder covering and it usually works successfully.
However in a dance such as this (where the dancing couple are
leaving and entering the reels of three on a diagonal track) it
makes it much easier for them and for the supporting couples if
everyone covers on the diagonal.