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  • James Tween

    James Tween July 1, 2006, 12:02 a.m. (Message 45704)

    Re: dolphin reels revisited

    I've only read Dancing Dolphins in Minicrib, but why aren't the reels of 
    three in bars 9-24 like the reels in Pelorus Jack?  I know the PJ reels are 
    diagonal and only half reels, and they begin with the man leading, but the 
    DD reels appear to have essentially the same type of movement as PJ reels --  
    DD seems to have reels of three (on the sides) with 1C dancing as one unit, 
    changing the leader at each end.  As I say, I've only got a secondary 
    source, but it just looks to me like PJ-type reels but done on the sides 
    rather than the diagonal, and full reels rather than halves.
    - James -
    Preston, UK
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Peter Price" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 10:38 PM
    Subject: 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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