We now have videos to illustrate phrasing and reels our tutor Rod Downey has talked about for practicing dancing at home
Phrasing Games – for all
This video includes some basic phrasing games you can do by yourself or with a family member.
The important thing is to be in the right place at the right time, and you do that by adjusting your step length. Remember to count, and to keep an eye on your partner in the game (if you are lucky enough to have one).
Some of the exercises are with a co-operative partner, some are with a hostile partner. All of this will:
- Make you think about your own phrasing, and
- Make you think about how your phrasing affects others
Basic reels of three on the side – for all
This video shows standard right shoulder reels, with a focus on phrasing. You will see how important it is for the third person in the reel to dance co-operatively.
The reels begin in a straight line, with the people facing each other at the top of the reel passing right shoulders. The third person (at the end of the line) moves to their right and needs to take small steps to allow the first person to pass through the centre unobstructed.
Strange entry reels – for the more experienced
Click on dance names below to watch videos for the particular reel in each of those dances.
- The Montgomeries’ Rant (my diagram here)
- Sugar Candie (my diagram here)
- The Gentleman (my diagram here)
- Cadgers in the Canongate (my diagram here)
Reels of four – for all
Reels of four are – almost always – in a straight line (unless interlocking in a square set), and right shoulder. So, no weird entries. Moreover, they are almost always 8 bars.
The difficulty, as usual, is in the phrasing. Especially in quick-time, people tend to be a bit tardy in the middle of the reel.
Click here for Rod’s explanation of phrasing for reels of four and here for his diagram for a reel of four.
Watch the little video of Johnsonville members doing a reel of four with accurate timing.