Conventional-Covering and Counter-Covering in Cosmic Reels

Oberdan Otto

Message 21174 · 7 May 2000 04:33:18 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi,

There is an interesting point about covering pairs of reels of 3 if
the reels are danced as described by my model (constant speed for all
dancers, and evenly spaced crossings through the middle).

The reels (whether parallel or mirror) can be covered across the line
between the two reels if the original middle dancers start moving
toward the same ends of the reels (i.e both toward the top, both
toward the bottom, both toward ladies' side or both toward men's
side). Then the end dancers' counterparts in the other reel will be
crossing through the middle at the same time. Basically, you cover
with the dancer next to you in the other reel. I call this
"conventional covering". If you phrase the reels for evenly spaced
crossing through the middle, you will be naturally
conventional-covered.

If the middle dancers begin moving toward opposite ends of the reels,
it is obvious that the middle dancers cannot cover across the plane
between the reels, but they can "counter-cover" through the center
POINT between the reels. The SAME is true for the end dancers--they
also cannot cover across the line between the reels, but they can
counter-cover with the person at the opposite end of the other reel
through the center point. In these kinds of reels, you covering
counterpart is NOT the person next to you.

Misapplication of the notion of covering can really mess up the reels
and create near collisions. Example: Montgomeries Rant has 8-bar
reels (on the sides) and 6-bar reels (across the dance). BOTH of
these reels are "counter-covering" reels--one should not attempt
conventional covering in them. If you phrase the reels for evenly
spaced crossovers, you will be naturally counter-covered.

Notice that the phrasing paradigm of evenly spaced center-crossings
automatically produces the correct form of covering for both types of
reels.

Cheers, Oberdan.

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