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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.

Description[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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16 news items

The Wharf

The Wharf
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:15 -0700

The museum is hosting an Easter Fair featuring food stalls, sat alongside an arts and craft market and the chance to do the bunny hop dance at the bandstand. There will also be an Easter egg hunt. April 19-20, Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ, ...
 
Worcester Telegram
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:48:45 -0700

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). By Sabrina Tavernise THE NEW YORK TIMES.
 
Press & Sun-Bulletin
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 ...
 
Camarillo Acorn
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:45:00 -0700

Spring Extreme. 6 to 9 p.m. at Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas. City's annual egg hunt. For children ages 5 to 12 with egg hunts by age group. DJ-led bunny hop dance party, bonfire, food trucks and petting zoo. 'The Music Man'.
 
Thousand Oaks Acorn
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:57:55 -0700

DJ-led bunny hop dance party, bonfire, food trucks and petting zoo. 'The Music Man'. 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Santa Susana High School, 3570 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Also 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Melissa Albertson and Ginny Grady direct.
 
Fremont Bulletin
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:09:04 -0700

Fun activities, including a petting zoo, a visit with the Spring Bunny, spring-themed arts and crafts, an interactive kid's carnival with prizes and Bunny Hop dance lessons. Youth participants receive a basket to collect their spring goodies. Willard ...
 
Delaware County Daily Times
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:43:38 -0700

Top 10 for Wednesday: 10 reasons to salute bunnies and rabbits, real and imagined. 1. Marvin Middlemark invented “Rabbit Ears” for better television reception in 1953. 2. The bunny hop dance was created at Balboa High School in San Francisco in 1952.

St Albans & Harpenden Review

St Albans & Harpenden Review
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:37:23 -0700

There is also be a special appearance from the farms very own Easter Bunny, who will be teaching visiting children her special 'Bunny Hop' dance. Youngsters can also join the Yolks or the Whites team to dodge eggs fired from the canons in the Captain ...
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