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sock hop

dated A school dance, typically one held in the school gymnasium. At one time, students were required to remove their shoes to avoid damaging the gym floor, and thus danced in their socks. Popular in the 1950s, the term now usually refers to events meant to emulate the aesthetic of that time. Primarily heard in US. The student council originally wanted to make the homecoming dance a sock hop, but I told them no teenager would want to come to that.
See also: hop, sock

sock hop

n. a dance party where everyone dances in stocking feet. (From the 1950s.) Sock hops were popular in schools that had expensive wooden floors in their gymnasiums.
See also: hop, sock

sock hop

A school dance. Back in the days when school dances were held in gymnasiums, students were requested to remove their shoes, which would otherwise scratch the varnished and polished floor. It being the bobby-sox era, kids Lindy-hopped and slow-danced in their socked feet, and the events became known as sock hops.
See also: hop, sock
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Playing rock, pop, and rhythm & blues, the band enthralled thousands in the region at teen towns, proms, sock hops, and nightclubs until the Vietnam War caused four of the band's members, including Rick Linton, to be inducted into military service.
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Each platform ended in big display cabinets with vertical drawers you could pull our to examine a photograp hic archive of Kelley's research on "culture" as it appeared in his suburban Detroit hometown newspapers from 1968 through 1972, the period, as Kelley wrote in a short essay to accompany the exhibition, "from when I first developed an interest in fine art to the time I moved away from home." The photographed newspaper clippings were arranged to suggest formal and thematic links between hippies, head shops, scary clowns, weekly cafeteria menus, craft fairs, sock hops, local bands, weird drama club goings-on, and drug warnings for parents.
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With my previous dance experience limited to doing the Watusi at sock hops and the polka at weddings, I provide an interesting study in contrasts.
Rock rolled in with teeny-boppers, punk, funk, and groovy, stretching from sock hops to hip-hop, heavy metal and glitter to grunge.