Parallel CoveringCovering is the technique of fine tuning by which the symmetry is maintained. (See Covering for greater detail)
The following are examples of Figures where Parallel covering may need care.
- Reels of four on the Sides (as in bars 25-32 of The Garry Strathspey).
- Diagonal reels of four (as in bars 17-24 of The Black Mountain Reel).
- Parallel reels of three on the Sides (as in bars 33-40 of The Meeting of the Waters).
- Parallel Figures of eight on the sides (as in bars 9-16 of The Meeting of the Waters).
- Turn both hands for more than one Couple (as, for example, in bars 3-4 and 5-6 of Neidpath Castle where the dancers must move more quickly than they may expect).
- Teapots (as, for example, in bars 9-16 of the Scottish Country Dance Langholm Fair).
Parallel covering is more difficult than Mirror covering because the dancers never Face each other; at best, they can glance sideways at each other though, mostly, one is looking at the other's back. The onus on keeping to the correct Phrasing is on the dancer Facing away; the other dancer must fit exactly with that Phrasing. Covering is slightly easier when two or more Couples are Turning Both hands since one dancer of each Couple is always Facing the other Couple(s).
Taking hands is not possible as an aid to Parallel covering.
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