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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.

History[edit]

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 or a circle, 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 or the open circle leads the group around the floor.

Variations[edit]

The Finnish dance Letkajenkka has essentially the same steps.

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 and a staple at wedding dance parties.[2][3]

In popular culture[edit]

Allan Sherman listed the bunny hop as "a very nice dance" at the coda of his parody "Crazy Downtown," along with older dances such as the tango and waltz (as opposed to modern dances such as The Frug).

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 pilot episode of Family Ties when Alex attends a country club event and mentioned again in the episode "Karen II, Alex 0".

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", Robert Barone dances to the bunny hop at a family wedding.

References[edit]


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San Jose Mercury News
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:23:32 -0700

Day long activities for kids of all ages include a carnival, petting zoo, Bunny Hop dance lessons and more. $6 per child, basket provided. Start times vary by age bracket, 510-981-5150 or http://ci.berkeley.ca.us. Easter Eggstravaganza: 10 a.m.-1 p.m ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:11:15 -0800

Other events include a bunny hop sac race at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 27 and a 3 p.m. Bunny hop dance party on Saturday and a 1 p.m. Sunday egg-in-the-spoon relay race. Free with admission. $14.95 for children and adults. Children under 1 are free.

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Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:55:04 -0700

When Disneyland announced their “Spring Fling” Limited Time Magic offering, they said it would include the Easter Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, the Dapper Dans – and “some Disney friends.” But few expected the special bunny hop dance USA to ...

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:03:02 -0700

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:00:00 -0700

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Surrey Mirror
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:26:15 -0700

Emily Watson of Bunny Hop Dance and Fitness led a pre-run warm-up. Many of her class members ran the 5k course, raising more than £1,000 for The Rays of Sunshine children's charity. Among those taking part were members of Chaldon Creakers running ...

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:30:00 -0800

Despite federal initiatives to fight US obesity, rates continue to rise - especially among black and Hispanic women, says a new study. By Story Hinckley, Staff November 12, 2015. Save for later Saved. close. First lady Michelle Obama does a bunny hop ...

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