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A 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, current in the latter half of the 20th century, 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 1980s 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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Orlando Sentinel
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:07:30 -0800

The '50s come alive at Christmas Sock Hop in Eustis. By Christine Cole Correspondent. Only the Lonely (movie). Bay Street Theatre will turn back the clock to the '50s with Christmas Sock Hop. EUSTIS — People will be dancing in the aisles of the State ...

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:01:36 -0800

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:09:43 -0800

Kids participate in the Festival of Trees Holiday Sock Hop at the Louisiana Children's Museum on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The event serves as the museum's kickoff event for the Festival of Trees event, with kids wearing their favorite holiday socks ...


Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:26:15 -0800

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:07:48 -0800

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:07:11 -0800

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:06:39 -0800

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:25:38 -0800

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