I have been looking at this dance today and am puzzled by the figure for the
first 8 bars.
At first sight the description is for two diagonal reels of three danced at
the same time.
One reel by 1st & 2nd ladies with 3rd man and the other by the other 3
The diagram shows the path for such reels quite clearly but it shows 3rd
the track in the opposite direction to the others and the arrows on the
paths go in both directions.
If 3rd couple dance in the direction indicated they will have to take
evasive action every couple
of steps, if they dance the same way as everyone else the dance still
requires careful phrasing
but the reels would feel more natural.
Has anyone done the dance? Are there notes from TAC or elsewhere that
Thanks in anticipation
Eddy West from Auckland NZ
(as a footnote the dance was danced in 1958 when Mr & Mrs Arthur Miller left
Dunedin NZ so perhaps NZ's Islands were the isles in this case)