Quick Outline of Sock Hop History

When we think of sock hops we think of people dancing around with out shoes on. The reason why people were asked to dance with out their shoes was actually because these dances were being held at school gymnasiums. Fearing that the dancers would scuff up their nice gymnasiums floors students were told to remove their shoes for the dance.

2. Sock hops were very popular. They allowed more group activities, instead of having to arrive to the dance with an escort or date. Group dances became more popular, though couple dances continued to be favorites as well.

When we think of 50’s music we normally think of Rock and Roll. There were many other styles that were popular at the time as well. Some of the more popular music artists were Chuck Berry, Eddie Fisher, Bill Haley, and Elvis Presley.

4. Popular clothing styles worn at sock hops were poodle skirts and blue jeans. When wearing poodle skirts or jeans be sure to take off shoes for the sock hop. You could also wear other popular 50’s styles beside poodle skirts, such as greaser outfits.

Hairstyles were usually catered to the type of clothing worn. Ponytails were a popular choice for girls who favored poodle skirts or preppy styles. Men often wore their hair slicked back.

6. Food in the fifties was similar to what is served today, just dated. Try doing a twist on the soda shop, with various old fashioned sodas available. You could also serve old school burgers and fries for a fun touch.

Sock hops are a great theme for dances. They allow fun to be had for people of all ages. There are a lot of fun ideas to choose from, and great costume choices as well.

8. If you are attending a modern day sock hop but are looking for inspirational ideas for your costume, there are plenty of movies you can check out to get ideas. The movie Grease is a good movie to watch since it showcases preppy styles and greaser styles. Another popular choice is the newer movie Hairspray.

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