# Reels Of Three On The Sides

In*Reels of three on the sides*, unless specified as

*Mirror reels of three*or

*Parallel reels of three*, the symmetry involves two reflections, one parallel to, and one at right angles to, the axes, which are aligned

*Up and down*.

The primary distinguishing feature is that, at any time, the *Middle* dancer is proceeding *Up* in one of the *Reels* and *Down* in the other; in *Mirror reels of three* and *Parallel reels of three*, both *Middle* dancers proceed in the same *Direction*. The exact form of the *Figure* is defined by how it is to be *Started*, usually with the *Dancing man* and the *Dancing lady* each *Giving right or left shoulder* to the same *Corner* (in the relative sense, for example, each to his/her *First corner*).

A typical example is in bars 25-30 of many Scottish Country Dances, including The Montgomeries' Rant, General Stuart's Reel and Roaring Jelly, where it is *Started* by the *1st Lady* and the *1st Man Giving right shoulder* to their *2nd Corners*; the diagram shows the *Positions* in these examples at the end of bar 27, i.e., halfway through the 6-bar *Reel* by which time the even spacing is well established. *Diagonal covering* is appropriate for this form, not *Mirror covering*. Note also that this form of *Reel* is usually allocated 6 bars since the *Dancing couple* commonly *Start* on *Opposite sides* and so need the remaining 2 bars of the *Phrase* to *Cross* to *Own sides*.

## Reels Of Three On The Sides

*Reels of 3 on the sides*showing

^{1}/

_{12}of the full

*Figure*; arrow heads show the

*Positions*at the end of the 3rd bar (of a 6-bar

*Reel*)).

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