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The sock hop was an informal sponsored dance 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 was usually 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 Suburban Times
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:30:00 -0700

On Friday, Oct 17, moms and sons or dads and daughters can enjoy this fun evening in the gymnasium at the Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr SW in Lakewood. There will be fun music from the 50s & 60s, contests (such as the hula hoop, ...

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

The annual Kerrville Sock Hop survived the threat of inclement weather and went off without at hitch. City crews began setting up the tables, despite some drizzle, early in the afternoon and by the "show time" the weather had cleared up and cooled off ...
Mississippi Press (blog)
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:26:15 -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 ...
Las Cruces Sun-News
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:27:19 -0700

LAS CRUCES >> As part of an ongoing campaign to raise funds to renovate Rentfrow Gymnasium at New Mexico State University, the College of Education will host a STARS Sock Hop from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the campus gym, 3165 Williams Ave.
New Bern Sun Journal
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:03:45 -0700

On June 27, of this year, a friend and I heard Uncle Doug doing the Friday night sock hop. We wrote him by U.S. Mail requesting some songs. This friend and I are no doubt his biggest fans when he does the sock hop. Every time he does the show we write ...

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Quad-Cities Online
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:16:16 -0700

Brookstone of Aledo and Advanced Medical Transport are hosting an educational "Sock Hop" for senior service education at Brookstone of Aledo Friday, September 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Area agencies will be available to assist seniors and their families in ...
The Newark Advocate
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:22:30 -0700

The Jammin' Country Sock Hop is sponsored by the Newark chapter of the Ohio Country Western Music Association. For more information or to preregister, call Rhonda at 740-281-4175 or email koalarees@yahoo.com. BEST BET. What: Third annual ...
Manchester Newspapers
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:33:45 -0700

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