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The sock hop was an informal sponsored dance event at American high schools, typically held in the high school's own gym or cafeteria. The term sock hop came about because dancers were required to remove their hard-soled shoes to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium. These hops were a cultural feature of the 1950s and early rock and roll. The music at a sock hop was usually played from vinyl records, sometimes presented by a disc jockey. Occasionally there were also live bands. Danny and the Juniors sang "At the Hop" in 1957 which named many popular dances and otherwise documented what happened at a hop. The term record hop is generally synonymous with sock hop.

In subsequent decades, with the widespread popularity of sneakers and other types of indoors-only shoes, the practice of removing shoes was dropped and the term began to be applied more generally to any informal high school dance. The term caught on in England in the late 1970s during a British rockabilly revival, led by groups like The Stray Cats. Life Begins at the Hop, a song celebrating sock hops, became the first charting single for XTC.

See also[edit]

  • Sokkie -- a similar idea in South Africa

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The Republican - masslive.com
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:52:30 -0700

Saturday's Sock Hop Bowl-a-thon to benefit Easthampton's holiday lights. eho chamber holiday lights.jpg. The Greater Easthampton Chamber raises money every year for the city's holiday lights and celebration. (Dave Roback photo). Print · Mary Serreze ...
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:27:49 -0700

Elementary school students get groovy to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Burlington Elementary School students hold sock hop to help say no to drugs. WDBJ7 Reporter David Kaplan David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com. POSTED: 05:26 PM EDT Oct 27, 2014 ...
Lexington Dispatch
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Take a trip back to the carefree days of poodle skirts and saddle shoes during the Davidson County Department of Senior Services' Senior Dynamics program's first Sock Hop from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Thomasville Senior Center, 211 W. Colonial Drive.
Mississippi Press (blog)
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:26:15 -0700

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Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -0700

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:52:02 -0700

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -. Traffic across the Coast has been bumper-to-bumper since this year's Cruisin' the Coast events began. Friday night, cars and people filed into downtown Ocean Springs for the city's annual Sock Hop and Street Party.

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Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:11:15 -0700

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Gulfport Gabber
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0700

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