Hi y’all! I know it’s been a while so I wanted to let you guys know that I haven’t forgotten about you! And of course, for this lovely post, I am going to talk about something that I truly believe is one of the greatest things about the fifties – sock hops.
So what exactly is a sock hop? This decade was the height of these dances that became a pop culture phenomenon considered close to what we know as informal dances held in high school gyms or cafeterias. These dances became known as sock hops because teens were required to remove their shoes so that they did not ruin the school gym’s varnished wooden floors where the dances were hosted. A record hop was also another name used to call a sock hop.
These hops were really popular during the 50s and the music played were normally records and at times played by a DJ. Some dances would also have live bands that would play crowd favorites. Since music was a big part of this era with rock n’ roll and all, many teens really enjoyed going to these dances to have fun with their friends.
But of course, despite a sock hop being phenomenon, not everyone had fun at these dances. Parents were not too pleased about schools condoning such dance activities because of the sexual taboos being broken all around. The music played at sock hops were considered too sexual by the older generation and at the same time, black musicians were credited for a lot of popular songs. This did not sit well with parents especially with racial tension surfacing during this period and in the years to come.
Going to a sock hop must have been plenty of fun. Unfortunately, the closest we can get to experience such dances now is by reliving them through films. Sure, we can also host our very own sock hop, which is definitely a great way to experience dances in the fifties.
1950s was a time when new types of music erupted into the scene. This also brought about the popularity of these dances. Some even considered teens looking to have fun quite dangerous. It’s always nice to try to envision and see how it was like to be a teen from the fifties, attending a sock hop.
So what would teens wear to these sock hops? Girls would dress up in swirling poodle skirts and sweaters. Guys on the other hand would wear t-shirt and jeans. But of course, part of what would be worn would also be dependent on the type of crowd the teen would be a part of.
That’s all for now. Till next time! Love, Lucy