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The bunny hop is a novelty dance that was created at Balboa High School in San Francisco in 1952.[1] It is a social mixer dance, sometimes also referred to as a "party" or "dance party" dance.

The dance has been generally done to Ray Anthony's big band recording of the song.[1] It was a vocal hit in 1952, and instrumentally re-recorded c. 1958. The song has been re-recorded by others, including musical updates of the style, for example, a Salsa version. Duke Ellington recorded "Bunny Hop Mambo" in 1954. Other popular music of the era is also used, such as "The Glow-Worm."

Ray Anthony's single release of the "Bunny Hop" featured another novelty dance classic, the "Hokey Pokey" on the B side.


The dance is a variation on a conga line. Participants dance in a line, holding on to the hips of the person in front of them. They tap the floor two times with their right foot, then with their left foot, then they hop forwards, backwards, and finally three hops forward to finish the sequence, which continues throughout the tune. The first person in the line leads the group around the floor.

The Finnish dance style called jenkka has essentially the same steps. Originating from the 19th century, jenkka is actually the same dance style as the German slow tempo polka called schottische or rheinländer. It is characterised by three quick steps and a hop and is danced to music in 2/4 time. Finnjenkka, also known as letkajennkka and letkis, is one of the many variations of jenkka. Typical to it is that all the people dancing form a line and hold on to the one in front by the waist.

In popular culture[edit]

The Ray Anthony version is heard in John Waters' film Cry-Baby with Baldwin and the Whiffles hopping.

The Bunny Hop is shown in the Family Ties pilot when Alex goes to a country club event and mentioned again in the episode "Karen II, Alex 0".

In the Friends episode "The one in Massapequa", guest star Alec Baldwin asks Phoebe if she wants to do the Bunny Hop in Monica's parents anniversary party.

In the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "Fresh Prince After Dark", Carlton is seen doing the Bunny Hop at the Playboy Mansion.

In the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "The Walk to the Door", one of the main characters Robert Barone dances to the bunny hop at a family wedding.

Cave Story uses the Jenka music.

In 2014 in Saudi Arabia, the same dance set to slightly different music (referred to as "raqsat al-batriq", the "penguin dance") became a popular trend on online video-sharing sites.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "New Pop Records", Time Magazine, January 26, 1953
  2. ^ "Penguin Dance, Goofy Wedding Staple, Sweeps Saudi Arabia", The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2014
  3. ^ رقصة البطريق السعودية بالبشت penguin dance saudi, YouTube, January 23, 2014

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Bellingham Herald
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:22:30 -0700

So when I received a press release that the station will host a "Bunny Hop" dance party benefit on Saturday, April 19, to aid in the goal of reaching $25,000 to replace the station's "ailing transmitter," I asked station manager Brent Davis to explain ...


Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Attendees attempted to take a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest bunny hop dance in history. The title was held by a group in Utah, which brought together 3,841 participants for the dance in July of 2007. Despite the best ...
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:59:25 -0700

Dublin Zoo is promising visitors an "egg-cellent" schedule of activities on Easter Sunday and Monday from 11:00am-4:00pm. Among the events on offer are an Easter Treasure Trail, the Dublin Zoo Bunny Hop Dance and arts and crafts fun for younger visitors.

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Surrey Mirror
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:45:00 -0700

The MC was Tony Nash, assisted by Mike Fleet, and Emily Watson of Bunny Hop Dance and Fitness did the pre-run warm up. Redhill-based First Community Health and Care gave every finisher a collapsible drinking bottle. Full results are available on the ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:37:30 -0700

Between the two events, the Parks and Rec Authority organized an official attempt at setting the Guinness World Record for the most people to participate in a bunny hop dance. Several methods of counting participants, including a flying drone equipped ...
Daily Astorian
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:26:15 -0700

There will be pictures, candy, face painting, cookie decorating, a Bunny Hop dance, an Easter egg hunt and more. There is no cost for this event. For information, call 503-738-0900. The Sea Ranch Resort, 415 Fir St. in Cannon Beach, will hold its sixth ...
Worcester Telegram
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:48:45 -0700

Obesity Studies Tell Two Stories, Both Right. Picture. First lady Michelle Obama does a bunny hop dance with preschoolers at Penacook Community Center in Concord, N.H., as part of her Let's Move initiative, in this file photo. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS).
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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:52:46 -0700

Our Bunny Hop Dance Party with DJ Johnny Only will begin at 1 p.m., and the egg hunt will be at 2:30. This year's hunt will be eggstra-special because there will be 30 golden eggs hidden for a special prize. All activities begin at 11 a.m. There will ...

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