"She played the sailor's hornpipe for him to dance."
Public DomainHornpipe - Credit: HaCeMei

The hornpipe was originally an old solo dance to the sound of the Celtic instrument of the same name. It is believed to have originated for exercise purposes on the confined decks of Royal Navy ships.

The sailor's hornpipe is featured in Popeye the Sailor Man, a Disney Cartoon released in 1930. Mike Oldfield included this tune in his Tubular Bells album.

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Sailor's Hornpipe

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The dance itself looks like this