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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

External links[edit]


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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.
 
Basinsradio
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:41:15 -0700

In honor of Bruce Ammerman, Wyoming Interventional Pain Management is hosting the 1st Annual Sock Hop Benefit and chili dinner October 10th at the American Legion. Bruce has a rare form of stage 4 cancer and cannot return to work. In fear of losing ...
 
WLOX
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.
 
Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:11:15 -0700

CUMBERLAND - Appalachian Mountain of Hope will be sponsoring a benefit dance “sock hop” on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Restaurant & Christian Nightclub, Virginia Avenue, Cumberland. DJ Luke Dogg will be playing ...
 
Community journal
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:11:15 -0700

Sock Hop survives weather threat. Buy this photo. Jeff Lavender | Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:42 pm. "Elvis" Mayor Pratt and his lady Missi Pratt are enjoying the Sock Hop with City Councilman Gary and wife Peggy Stork, City Councilwoman ...
 
Mississippi Press (blog)
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:30:52 -0700

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Classic car lovers, sock hop enthusiasts, and everyone who loves fun are invited to the Sock Hop Oldies Concert and Classic Car Show at the In Time Out Sports Bar to benefit the Ocean Springs Mega Reunion and people in ...
 
Gulfport Gabber
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0700

The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation and Roger Bell, Association Manager of Town Shores, present the Monster Mash Sock Hop. This event will be held on October 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd S. There will be music, ...
 
Wheeling Intelligencer
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:07:30 -0700

Automobile and dance enthusiasts can unite for a full evening of activity at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 499 in Moundsville today as the Rumblers Car Club presents a Car and Bike Show followed by a classic Sock-Hop Dance, with the theme "Rockin' with ...
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