covering in closing reels / Hugh Foss

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on Sat, 6 May 2000 Eleanor <Xxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx> wrote:

> Since, in closing reels, the middle people that create the reel are moving
> towards opposite ends to begin, the ends cannot cover with their partner
> or person directly across the dance. 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. The somewhat false
> "counter-covering" (as I understand it) is a little more fun (especially
> if you have a good partner :) ).

Other List members have also posted extensively on reels of 3.

I would recommend all those who are interested in the details of
phrasing reels of 3 to read the charming little note by Hugh Foss
"The Reel of Three Perplexes Me"
which is published in the second part of the little booklet with the
double title "Roll Back the Carpet" - "We Agree to Differ". The
whole booklet is full of interesting and lucid remarks on different
points of SCD. I believe it is still available from TacBooks.

I have two other booklets by Foss, both very worth while:

Notes on Evolution in Scottish Country Dancing (1973) (TacBooks)

Sundry writings anent Scottish dancing (probably out of print;
would merit being reprinted)

Happy dancing,

Eric
Eric T. Ferguson, van Dormaalstraat 15, 5624 KH EINDHOVEN, Netherlands
tel: +31-40-243 2878 fax: +31-40-246 7036 e-mail: x.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx

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