See Reel for an exhaustive comparison of Reels for three or more Dancers. Note also that the Triangular reel of six is not a form of Reel of six; it is an alternative name for the One third schiehallion reel.
Once the Reel of six has become established, the Dancers should be evenly spaced around the path, thereby ensuring that there is no risk of collision and avoiding any unwarranted concern about Precedence. Unless the following Figure requires otherwise, all Finish where they started from.
The idealized form of the Reel of six is shown in Diagram 111. It occurs in exactly this form in bars 3-14 of The Dark Island where it is danced by the 3 Couples on the Centre line of the Longwise set following the precursor Figure, Turn by the right, which has left the Dancers exactly evenly spaced around the track of the Reel.
Reel of Six, Idealized.
The arrow heads in Diagram 111 show the 24 successive, equally spaced Positions, each requiring half a bar, which, together, make up the full, idealized Reel of six; the Dancers' symbols show their most likely Starting (and Finishing) Positions for this idealized form. Each Dancer should reach the Position vacated by the Dancer immediately ahead of her/him on the path after 2 bars; this movement, repeated six times, completes the full Figure in 12 bars.
Reel of Six, Starting with Dancers in Line.
Just as in Diagram 111, the arrow heads show the Positions of the equally spaced Dancers after each half bar. The Dancers' symbols show the idealized Starting (and Finishing) Positions with all most nearly in line; the shaded symbols for 1st lady and 3rd man show their Starting Positions when all are actually in line.