Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hip-Hop For Hipsters

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Hip-Hop For Hipsters 32 bar reel for five couples in a five couple longwise set. Gábor Turi, 2019.

1-8 1st couple followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th couples lead down the middle for 5 bars (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th couples dance up to top place on their own side to start) and while 1st couple dance off the floor to sit out and have a rest (and/or drink a sip of gin and tonic) 5th couple lead up back to top followed by 4th, 3rd and 2nd couples. (5,4,3,2)
9-16 All four couples dance half reels of four on the sides (to begin men pass left shoulders and women pass right shoulder), all finish in the middle left shoulder to left shoulder with partner facing opposite side (see dance notes 1), all dance around partner three quarters to the left to end facing partner in the middle (2 bars), all four men and all four women join hands to retire back to own sides (2,3,4,5).
17-32 All dance the Hip-Hop figure as follows:
' 17-18 2nd and 5th couples (end couples) giving right hands cross over while 3rd and 4th couples (middle couples) dance right hands across halfway
' 19-20 2nd and 4th couples also 3rd and 5th couples (top two and bottom two couples) dance left hands across halfway
' 21-22 4th and 3rd couples (end couples) giving right hands cross over while 2nd and 5th couples (middle couples) dance right hands across halfway
' 23-24 4th and 5th couples also 2nd and 3rd couples (top two and bottom two couples) dance left hands across halfway
' 25-26 5th and 2nd couples (end couples) giving right hands cross over while 4th and 3rd couples (middle couples) dance right hands across halfway
' 27-28 5th and 3rd couples also 4th and 2nd couples (top two and bottom two couples) dance left hands across halfway
' 29-30 3rd and 4th couples (end couples) giving right hands cross over while 5th and 2nd couples (middle couples) dance right hands across halfway
' 31-32 3rd and 2nd also 5th and 4th couples (top two and bottom two couples) dance left hands across halfway. Finish in order 2,3,4,5, 1.

2nd couple starts the next time through from top place (leading down the middle for 5 bars and leaving the floor after the 5th bar) but the original 1st couple having had their rest join in again by using the last few bars of the first time through to walk/dance back in to 5th (bottom) place and continue as 5th couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Gábor Turi, 2019)


Dance Notes

1. Dancers with right hip op. can face the opposite direction and dance around each other to the right.

2. As an alternative version while other couples complete the dance 1st couple can dance a solo (instead of leaving the floor) as follows: 1st couple completes the first 8 bars (leading down for 5 bars and up for 3 bars to 5th place), in tandem with 2nd couple dance the half reel of four finishing in top place in the middle, dancing bars 13-16 as the others, cast back to 5th place in 4 bars (bars 17-20), set and dance La Baratte (bars 21-28) and turn for 4 bars in any preferred way to finish back in 5th place on own sides.


Dance Information

This dance, Hip-Hop For Hipsters, is dedicated to Jan Jones and all the dancers who are doing SCD with replacement hip joints.

Music: Neil Barron: The Auld Hip Joint.

(Dance information by the deviser, Gábor Turi, 2019)


Note the word-play in the title.

Hip-Hop, is the name for a culture and art movement that was created by African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in the Bronx, New York City.

Hip-Op, is the shortened name for a Hip-Operation, a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant, that is, a hip prosthesis.

Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi (half) replacement. Such joint replacement orthopaedic surgery is generally conducted to relieve arthritis pain or in some hip fractures.

A total hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty or THA) consists of replacing both the acetabulum and the femoral head while hemiarthroplasty generally only replaces the femoral head.

Hip replacement is currently one of the most common orthopaedic operations, though patient satisfaction short- and long-term varies widely. Approximately 58% of total hip replacements are estimated to last 25 years

Replacement Hip Joint
Total Hip Replacement


Published in http://bstk.hu/en.htm
Dance information from A Reel Goulash 2, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with kind permission.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Hip-Hop article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original Hip Replacement article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright (cropped) BruceBlaus [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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