hop jigs and stepdancers
I’m of the ilk that thinks a hop jig is a different rhythm than a slip jig, a slip jig (to me) has more of a 123 223 323 kind of a feel whereas a hop jig has a 3/2 feel with quarter/eighth pairings some popular examples would be "The Rocky Road to Dublin" or "The Boys of Ballisodare" or the way Michael Coleman played "The Foxhunter’s" and "Comb your Hair and Curl it" http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Foxhunter+s+Jig+Comb+Your+Hair+And+Curl+It/3NiiUt?src=5
Anyway, I was itching for some new ones and went to the youtubes and found lots of videos of stepdancers doing a particular step to what seemed like whatever they pleased - slides, waltzes or polkas depending on the video. (One had smallpipes playing what seemed to be ‘whiskey before breakfast" What’s next? A saxophone playing ‘God save the queen"? but, I digress)
What’s the stepdancing world’s take on hop jigs? Is it just a step or does it have anything to do with the rhythm of the tune?