hornpipe hornpipe  /ˈhɔrn paɪp/


  1. (n) a British solo dance performed by sailors
  2. (n) music for dancing the hornpipe
  3. (n) an ancient (now obsolete) single-reed woodwind; usually made of bone



  1. Choreographer Cunningham, 38, learned his first fancy steps from an oldtime vaudeville performer who taught him a sailor's hornpipe in a special soft-shoe version.
  2. On the rapidly emptying platform Pennsylvania's Governor Earle, in a transport of rapture, executed a few steps of the hornpipe.
  3. They danced the sword dance, sailor hornpipe and Highland Fling.


  • Chapel Hill Philharmonia's "Musical Stories"

    When: Sun., Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Price: Free Children's concert features music by Beethoven & Elgar set to animation from "Fantasia 2000." Guest conductor Evan Feldman will also lead the orchestra in Copland's "Hoedown", Woods' "Hornpipe" & Strauss's "Radetsky March". Audience participation is included.
    on October 19, 2013     Source: Independent Weekly

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  • "Serious fun is what I wanted to do, really," added Motion. "Now I'm off to dance the hornpipe."
    on Mar 25, 2010 By: Andrew Motion Source: The Guardian

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