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  • Lee Fuell

    Lee Fuell July 8, 2011, 12:44 p.m. (Message 61068)

    Tandem Reels (was Re: Reels in Bishop of Columbus)

    -----Original Message-----
    >From: Norma or Mike Briggs <>
    >Sent: Jul 8, 2011 6:25 AM
    >To: "" <>
    >Subject: Re: Reels in Bishop of Columbus
    >Never understood why anyone would call them "tandem" reels.  You
    don't see couples riding tandem bicycles getting off and changing
    seats every time the road curves.  Nor, to change the subject, have I
    ever understood the term "barn-door" turns for the figure in which one
    partner turns another person by right hand and the other partner turns
    another by the left hand.  Barn doors don't and can't revolve 360
    >Mike Briggs
    Yep - illogical!  That name assignment happened in 2005 when the RSCDS
    updated the manual.  Having published Pelorus Jack as an RSCDS dance,
    the Society seems to have decided they needed to name what I'd usually
    heard called "double switchback tandem reels" (two wordy) as simply
    "reel of three in tandem."  What I think of as a "tandem reel" is what
    we do in bars 9-16 and 17-24 of Ferla Mor - 1M following 1W throughout
    with no change of lead.  Had the RSCDS published Ferla Mor, I suspect
    we'd have gotten more logical formation names:  "Reel of three in
    tandem" being what we do in Ferla Mor, and "reel of three in tandem
    with change of lead" for Pelorus Jack.
    "Shadow reels" is a new term for me; it's certainly not in the RSCDS
    lexicon (but neither are the more commonly used "mirror reels" a.k.a.
    "reflection reels").
    Beavercreek, OH, USA

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