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  • Peter Price

    Peter Price June 30, 2006, 11:38 p.m. (Message 45703)

    Re: dolphin reels revisited

    I am finally getting a sense of the issue.
    
    Headquarters has set a definition (of the reels in Pelorus Jack) in
    concrete and there is disagreement.
    
    My take on the matter is this-
    per my dictionary the reels in Pelorus Jack can be classified as
    Tandem reels- with the variation of lead change. That is what is so
    and therefore I have no problem teaching those reels as "tandem reels
    with lead changes" per the new manual (which I haven't seen).
    
    I have not seen Barry Priddey's dance "Flying Falcon" either, but from
    the tenor of the thread they would be the same as those found in The
    Capercaillie and Land of the Heather Hills (The Capercaillie Book). I
    would teach these as Tandem reels with lead change also.
    
    Headquarter's definition of the reels preempts any issue of who
    invented the reel first, and the question of "is it really a Flying
    Falcon reel or a Dolphin Reel" is moot.
    
    However one question has not been answered. In The Dolphin Book, Barry
    Skelton has two different kinds of reels. First there are those that
    qualify as "tandem reels with lead change" as in Pelorus Jack. in
    these dances he carefully sets up the reels by specifying that one
    dancer falls in closely behind the other- i.e. in tandem.
    
    There is a dance where he is very specific in having first couple
    finish side by side and that the couple keeps parallel with the axis
    of the set throughout the reel ( i.e. Dancing Dolphins). These are NOT
    tandem reels - 1M and 1W are dancing on two distinctly separate tracks
    that cross each other in four places (on each side of the loops). So,
    what do we call THIS reel - if anything?
    
    And now the real fun begins-
    there are several dances where BS is not specific. Where he says
    something like  "first couple finish in the middle facing up" and we
    do not know if that is side by side or with one behind the other.
    
    Take a look at #2 -The Playful Porpoise
    To my eye the reels here can be danced either as "tandem reels with
    lead change" or as the reels in Dancing Dolphins are danced. Both
    interpretations are possible and reasonable.
    
    The difference between the two kinds of reels is at the crossing point
    when moving between the two loops- in a tandem reel the dancers cross
    in sequence (one after the other) while in the parallel reel the
    dancers are crossing at the same time, side by side.
    
    Comments anyone?
          

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