A tandem reel is a descriptor that is not culturally bound by
proximity to the sea coast. Here in Wisconsin we have no dolphins,
but there are tandem trucks, etc. My choice for all dance
terminology is for global terms. Tandem reel is inclusive and with a
short modifier to convey the loop and cut off.
In English Country Dancing there is a growing tendency to refer to
what we once called "Hole is the Wall Crossing" as "Front to Front
(or belly to belly) crossing). One must know Hole is the Wall as a
dance before one can use the term. Similar, if one has never seen
dolphins, how does one describe the figure...a tandem reel with the
following partner cutting infront of the leading.