Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mirror Covering

Covering is the technique of fine tuning by which the symmetry is maintained. (See Covering for greater detail)

The following are examples of Scottish Country Dancing Figures where Mirror covering may need care.

Mirror covering is usually much easier than Parallel covering because the Dancers either face each other or can see each other by glancing sideways at most stages in the Figure; the Dancers can simplify the Covering as well as adding elegance by Taking Nearer hands whenever they approach each other, and releasing them appropriately, in Mirror reels of three (see the upper diagram), mirror Figures of eight on the sides (see the lower diagram) and Mirror reels of four on the Sides.

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