Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

West's Hornpipe (3-Couple Version)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

West's Hornpipe (3 couple version)
Anon 5 Traditional Scottish Country Dances 1965 (adapted by Reuben Freemantle)
Hornpipe 3 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 3 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s cross down into mirror reels of 3 with 2s3s on opposite sides;

  9-16 1s cross down into mirror reels of 3 with 2s3s on own sides, all finishing in original places;

17-20 1s lead down;

21-24 1s lead up, finishing facing down with 2s facing up;

25-26 1s set to 2s;

27-28 1M2M 1L2L turn halfway (Mn by the right, Ls by the left);

29-32 1M3M 1L3L turn 1½ times (Mn by the left, Ls by the right), finishing 2s3s1s.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

If the recorded music is 4 times through, the original 1s will dance as top couple twice and will be in 3rd place at the end of the dance.

  1-     3s must make it easy for the 1s to pass outside them at the start and so should take nearer hands.

  1-16 3s and 2s take nearer hands when meeting at the top and bottom; 1s take nearer hands at the bottom, right hands at the top when crossing down from own sides, left from opposite sides.

    -24 1s finish in original places - it's very easy to move too far up!

27-32 These are the changed movements; they are not fast and furious as in the 4-couple dance.

27-28 1s exchange places with 2s as they dance between them.

29-32 1s turn 3s 1½ times as they dance outside them, finishing with 1s facing in and up in 3rd place, 3s facing up and out in 2nd place, all ready for the reel at the beginning of the repeat.

Dance Information

Also see the original dance West's Hornpipe by Anon, from 5 Traditional Scottish Country Dances, 1965 which includes a Keith Rose crib diagram and a link to Dance Instruction Videos which are equally applicable to bars 1-26 of this adaptation.

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Text from this original Hornpipe article on Wikipedia.

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