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  • Timothy Wilson

    Timothy Wilson June 28, 2006, 1:38 a.m. (Message 45684)

    Re: Dolphin reels revisited

    In my experience dancing in the San Francisco Branch, I have heard the reels 
    in the Dolphin Book most often referred to as "alternating tandem reels" or 
    "dolphin reels" during talk-throughs and teaching. Occasionally I have heard 
    the other term that Ron mentioned of "tandem reels in which the lead changes 
    or alternates." Some local teachers use "tandem reel" to describe the 
    follow-the-leader reel though I think I have heard "shadow reel" (as Lara 
    noted) more frequently used--perhaps to avoid confusion.
    I have learned, and danced, The Dancing Dolphins but do not recall a special 
    emphasis on the 1st couple dancing in a parallel alignment relative to the 
    set. Obviously I should take another look at that dance. Thanks for your 
    careful reading Peter.
    I have to laugh though. We've got "falcon" reels and "dolphin" reels which 
    must mean that most of our reels are neither fish nor fowl. (And, yes, I 
    _am_ aware that a dolphin is not a fish). Perhaps we can add "haring 
    reels"--for when at least one dancer goes off on their own--or better yet 
    "red herring reels" when one dancer follows a cue that sends him or her in 
    the wrong direction.
    Tim Wilson
    San Francisco, CA
    >From: Lee Fuell <>
    >Reply-To: Lee Fuell <>,SCD news and discussion 
    >To: James Tween <>,SCD news and discussion 
    >Subject: Re: Dolphin reels revisited
    >Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 14:38:26 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
    >In Flight of the Falcon, I've heard them referred to as falcon reels.  Yet 
    >more potential for confusion, eh?
    >Lee Fuell
    >Beavercreek, OH, USA
    >Arlington, VA, USA
    >-----Original Message-----
    > >From: James Tween <>
    > >Sent: Jun 27, 2006 2:19 PM
    > >To: SCD news and discussion <>
    > >Subject: Re: Dolphin reels revisited
    > >
    > >So what are the reels called when it's purely follow-the-leader, no
    > >changing?  That set up sounds more like what one might call tandem, but
    > >that's just me.
    > >
    > >I'd always assumed that dolphin reels were called that because of Pelorus
    > >Jack and the dolphin connection there, or is that wrong?  What are they
    > >called in Flight of the Falcon?
    > >
    > >- James -
    > >
    > >----- Original Message -----
    > >From: "Peter Price" <>
    > >To: <>
    > >Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 5:49 PM
    > >Subject: 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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