On 11/19/2001 10:25:17 AM, Xxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx wrote:
First couple are dancing a figure of eight while side couples are dancing a reel of three. Thats the basic way to view this. In a double figure of eight they would be dancing to and from the 2 positions at the sides. Side couple never dances to the position above or below but only through their own position as in any reel. Visually, it is different as well as. Try it first and see the difference. It is a bit of a challenge.
Bob Mc Murtry >>>>
For introductory teaching and demonstration purposes, you might try starting it with 1st couple in the center, back to back facing own sides as for a reel of 4. Then 3M starts a reel of 3 across the dance giving RS to 1M, while 3W starts her reel giving LS to 1W. As partners meet in the middle, the woman passes in front of the man. This might help people grasp the floor pattern quicker.
However, started this way it is also clearly a variation of a double figure of eight, done from a line rather than from the sides. I can see where stretching the figure out gives it the feeling of a reel.
I also like your idea of starting it from a chase, so that the end dancers are automatically spaced out in time when they get to the center. That also increases the reel feel.