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  • Peter Price

    Peter Price June 27, 2006, 6:49 p.m. (Message 45675)

    Dolphin reels revisited

    My apologies to all, and I will try to clarify my position.
    In "Dancing Dolphins" Barry Skelton's directions are very specific.
    - 1st couple are side by side at the start and stay parallel with the
    set throughout the reel-
    therefore NOT tandem reels but something very different with a very
    pronounced and different feel in the dancing.  My error in not
    checking every dance to see if the reels were identical but I was
    focused on the particular dance.
    I find that this is the only dance in the book where Barry specifies
    that parallelism. One possible interpretation then is that "Dancing
    Dolphins" is a special case and that in all other dances the reels are
    to be tandem reels- that is one dancer following the other except for
    the lead changes.
    I have no problem with calling a tandem reel a tandem reel (and in
    "Pelorus Jack" the reels are tandem). My problem was with teachers
    calling the reels in "Dancing Dolphins" tandem reels and having the
    dancers then dance the reels as tandem reels.
    There are several dances in which Barry Skelton sets up 1C, one behind
    the other, for tandem reels (The Sailor's Guide, An Ocean Frolic,
    Crossing the Line and Opo). There are also several dances (The Playful
    Porpoise, Over the Waves and Orca) where he sets up 1C side by side at
    the entry into the reels but doesn't specify 1C staying parallel but
    where, in my opinion, the dances would lend themselves to side by side
    reeling a la "Dancing Dolphins" even though it is not specified.
    Peter Price

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