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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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Online Athens
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:07:30 -0700

Join the Athens-Clarke County Library Children's Department staff Thursday for a sock hop dance and party. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and is open to children of all ages. Participants should wear their silliest socks to dance in while also ...
The Transylvania Times
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0700

An upcoming benefit dance is one of the ways the local Chapter 14 of the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to support local veterans. The “Sock Hop Fundraiser” will be held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m ., Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Brevard Little ...


Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:11:52 -0700

The most popular girls at the sock hop were the writers of the nostalgic tune, "Automatic": Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon and Miranda Lambert, all clad in what Lambert deemed Fifties' "Easter dresses." The three friends were honored with plaques ...
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:31:14 -0700

Dust off your dancing clothes and shoes and head on down to Pasadena for the '50s Dance Party "Sock Hop" 4-8 p.m. Aug. 16, at SPJST Lodge No. 172, 3609 Preston Ave. The family oriented "Sock Hop" event will include music and contests for best costume ...
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:52 -0700

Turlock's Carnegie Arts Center is providing a free, Family Friday Sock Hop July 18 for families to come and “dance their socks off.” If your dancing skills don't quite date back to the age of hot rods and drive-in movies though, no fear, the Carnegie's ...
Marietta Daily Journal
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:41:15 -0700

The independent and assisted living facility conducted its Third Annual Sock Hop. Residents enjoyed a lunch of hamburger sliders, chips, popcorn, and root beer and coke floats. DJ Hal Mealor of Halco Services Incorporated entertained with sounds from ...
Okanogan Valley Gazette Tribune
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:45:21 -0700

TONASKET – Big rigs, smoker tractors, a few semis, local talent and, of course, KXLY television's Mark Peterson will be returning to Tonasket July 18-19 for the fourth annual Truck and Tractor Pulls. Friday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m., is billed as “play ...

Kingwood News

Kingwood News
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:45:00 -0700

... Arbor Terrace Sensational Sock Hop will be held Thursday, July 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Arbor Terrace at Kingwood Town Center located at 2807 Kings Crossing Drive. Please RSVP by July 22 by calling 281-361-7557 or emailing mwise@arborcompany.com.

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