>I went to a workshop once though in which >the teacher suggested the existence of diagonal covering, in which the people >who correspond within the reels cover with each other. This actually works >and is rather attractive. However, it makes for somewhat less interaction >with one's partner.
Actually, when the dancer focuses on covering, it makes for less
interaction with the people with whom s/he is dancing (i.e. the other
two people in the reel) who should be receiving her/his attention.
Whatever type of covering is appropriate in side-by-side reels of 3,
whether conventional-covering (side-by-side) or counter-covering
(diagonally through the center), it should be the OUTCOME of good
phrasing: Being at the half-way point when half the time is up; and
crossing through the center at evenly spaced intervals. If you do
THAT, you don't have to exert any effort at correct covering. Then,
even though your attention is focused on the people with whom you are
reeling, you can appreciate with your peripheral vision, your
alignment with your counterpart in the other reel.
Basically, my point is: GOOD PHRASING is the goal. Correct covering
happens when good phrasing is achieved.
However, notwithstanding my personal focus on phrasing rather than
covering, the diagonal or counter-covering situation offers nice
opportunities for momentary eye contact with your counterpart,
especially as you both cross through center.
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