Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Royal Navy Hornpipe

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ROYAL NAVY HORNPIPE (R4x32) 4C set Peter Hastings Acme Collection

1- 8 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
9-16 1L followed by partner also 3L followed by partner dance down Ladies' side, across bottom and up Men's side while 2M followed by partner also 4M followed by partner dance up Men's side, across top and down Ladies' side (6 bars), 4L+3M also 2L+1M cross RH diagonal to end (3)(4)(1)(2) opposite sides
17-24 3s+4s dance ½ R&L, 3s+4s complete R&L while 1s+2s cross RH and dance RH across ½ way. (3)(4)(2)(1)
25-32 All ½ Petronella back to own sides to end 3421

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The Royal Navy Hornpipe is a traditional dance associated with maritime culture, particularly within the context of the British Royal Navy.

This hornpipe style of dance has historical roots in naval traditions and is characterized by a lively and rhythmic tempo. The dance typically features intricate footwork, arm movements, and steps that reflect the nautical theme, drawing inspiration from sailors' routines and activities aboard ships.

The Royal Navy Hornpipe has become a recognized and standardized form of performance, often showcased in naval ceremonies, events, and public displays. It serves as a cultural representation of naval heritage, reflecting the discipline, coordination, and camaraderie integral to life in the Royal Navy.

Cadets Dancing The Hornpipe
'Warspite' Cadets Dancing The Hornpipe

Image copyright Associated Press ('Warspite' cadets dancing the hornpipe) [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

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