DIAGONAL CROSSING REELS OF THREE v.2.1

D. Shaw

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Sorry! For those of you working on other parts of the dance...

DIAGONAL CROSSING REELS OF THREE v.2.1
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Eight-bar reels of three on both corner diagonals, danced simultaneously.
The reels cross in the center and first couple split up, so each needs to be
facing a different corner to begin. When you reach the center, if there
are four people there, stick a hand in and dance left hands across until you
reach the place where you need to exit for the other end of the reel (as
women do in a grand ladies' chain). When dancing couple reaches the
center, the man yields to the woman, dancing directly behind her.
BARS First woman begin facing first corner, first man begin facing second
corner.
1-2 First woman pass second man right shoulder, first man pass second
woman right shoulder. Third man and third woman begin
right toward center, as a normal reel of three.
3-4 All four corners, dance quick left hands across in passing, then
out to face the other end of their respective reels.
5-6 First man follow first woman counter-clockwise, and then each
dance to the other ends of their respective reels; all four corners
dance into the center, as the reel requires, then quick left hands
across in passing.
7-8 Corners dance to place; first couple does whatever is required to
put them in place for the next figure.
If the next figure is another double reel of three on the other diagonal,
first couple could dance into the center and the man could follow the woman
counter-clockwise to finish, first woman facing second corner and first man
facing first corner. If the next figure requires the couple to be in place,
they could just dance to second place, own side; if the next figure requires
the couple to be on opposite sides, they could round-about in the center,
then dance out to opposite sides. If the reels are six bars, first couple
could end in that fashion on opposite sides, then use the last two bars to
cross right hand to own side, second place.
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Deborah Shaw <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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