Posts Tagged ‘sock hop’

Making Sock Hops Fun for Teenagers

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

sock hop studebakersIn the 50’s, sock hops were all the rage. High school kids were the biggest supporters of these dances. They were held in school gyms, which limited the footwear that could be worn to just socks, hence the name.

These dances didn’t require dates either, so most attended as singles. This would be less likely to fly among today’s youth since they are so use to dating and relationships. Encouraging dates at a modern sock hop is one way to get today’s youth more interested in attending one.

In the 50’s, these socks were a chance for students to get together and just enjoy the music and dancing. Students got together to enjoy popular music like rock and roll, songs sung by Elvis and the Beatles. Dances were also an opportunity to learn new dances such as the Jitter Bug.

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Sock Hops for High School Kids

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Sock hops were the most common dances in the 1950’s. They were mainly popular among high school kids, but were something that people of all ages could enjoy. They helped everyone to enjoy music and dancing more.

Although they were something that everyone could enjoy in the 50’s, times have changed since then. With every new piece of technology, the gap between generations seems to grow. Teenagers today find it hard to see how they relate to the teenagers of the 1950’s.

While it may not be easy to see, there are a lot of things that the teenagers of today owe to the original sock hop teenagers. And there are many ways in which they are similar to one another. The connections are there, you just have to look in order to see them.

When you are trying to plan a modern hop, making these connections is very helpful. Just like teenagers in the 50’s, teenagers today enjoy music, food and being social. These were the main ingredients of these dances in the 50’s, so with a few alterations, these dances can be easily geared towards modern teenagers.

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Throw a Sock Hop at Your Elementary School

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

While budget crunches are getting harder and harder to stomach for many, several schools are turning towards fundraisers to help make up the difference.  There are many different types to choose from. One fun idea to help raise some funds and to have some fun is a sock hop.

A sock hop can be a really fun way to help draw kids and their families back to the past.  It is also a very family friendly activity and can help draw them closer together.  With a few simple steps you’re school can be well on it’s way to having one of their own!

Planning is crucial for a success event.  First of all you should appoint a committee to organize this event.  In this committee you should divide into four subcommittees.  These committees will be over publicity, decorations, food, and entertainment.

jukeboxPublicity is very key for success.  If you want people to come, they need to know about it and be excited.  Fliers around school, announcements, etc. are all vital.

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Tribute to the Fifties

Friday, August 6th, 2010


Sock hops were first made popular in the 1950’s. They were a popular dance for teenagers and were held in high school gymnasiums and cafeterias. These dances were all about enjoying the music and dancing.

Because they were so popular with teenagers, most dances that were happening in the schools were sock hops. They were held in gyms with varnished floors so dancers were required to remove their shoes before dancing. This made dances such as the Twist much easier to perform.

These dances weren’t much unlike the dances held now. Young adults attended these dances to spend time together and to enjoy the music and dancing. Rock and roll music was an essential ingredient of these dances also.

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Why you need to do a sock hop this fall

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Fall is a fun time of year for beginnings.  School starts; football and many other fun activities are marked at this time.   Why not add an annual sock hop as a new tradition to do this fall?

Taking a stroll down memory lane can be a really fun experience for you and your friends.  With a few simple things to consider and prepare you’ll be ready in no time to wow everyone with you’re great entertainment.  These include invitations, decorations, costumes, food, music and games.

There are many creative ways to invite your guests to your party. You could use black construction paper to make a record, inviting people to come for a “swinging party.”  You could cut out a picture of a clock and inviting people to come “rock around the clock” at your sock hop.  There are many possibilities.  Just put something along with your 50’s theme.

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Summer Car Show Playlist

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

An essential part of summer car shows in the music. Whether it’s a playlist of oldies, or simply songs about cars, music is a must. Here is a list of some great songs to include in your car hop playlist.

1. El Camino by Ween is a great one to have on your playlist. This song is done in with a little flamenco flavor.  If the subject matter and genre of this song weren’t enough to make it great, Ween also makes reference to other great cars such as the Tornado and the Cordoba.

2. Radar Love by Golden Earring is another one to include. This song talks about driving fast on the open road late at night.  It’s a classic that most everyone can relate to.

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Sock Hop Dance Moves

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
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When planning or attending a summer sock hop, it’s the small details that make all the difference. Attire should be consistent with the styles of the time in which those dances were held, as should the dance moves. Figuring out an appropriate outfit is fairly easy, but figuring out the dance moves can be a little tricky.

Many dances were made popular during the 1950’s, when sock hops were in their prime. There was the hand jive, the jitterbug, the cha cha, and the bop. While any of those dances would be great to learn for a sock hop, knowing a basic slow dance and fast dance will get you along just fine.

For the fast dance, men, you step in place with your left foot, keeping your heel up, and then you step again, but this time keeping your heel down. You will do the same with your right foot, after which you will take a step back with your left foot. Then, you simply return to starting position.

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Sock Hop Costumes

Friday, July 9th, 2010

One of America’s funnest times to look back on was the 50’s.  As we reminisce and look back it is fun to do this with a sock hop.  If you are invited to one of these or are considering attending one there are lots of fun costumes to choose from that can help you rock the night away.

A classic for young ladies is the poodle skirt.  These were longer skirts that were typically adorned by a poodle on the bottom side.  Bobby socks and saddle shoes can adorn one’s feet while a classic ponytail with a matching ribbon adds accent to the hair.

If you are looking for a bit more rebellious side to show at your sock hop, try the “greaser” look.  You do this by wearing a tight pencil skirt along with a button down blouse with the top two buttons left undone.  Make sure that bright red lipstick is worn and that hair is very poufy and tall.  A pink lady jacket is also a nice touch.

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Car Show Ideas For The Summer Months

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Car shows during the summer months is the way to go. Not only will you have good weather, but you will be able to draw in a bigger crowd. Summers are the perfect time to host a car show.

When you have a car show, however, it is important to do more than just bring in cars. You should have a theme and general idea of how you want the show to run. For example, what type of cars are you wanting to show off?

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Antique car shows are perfect for bringing in a 1950s theme. Have your employees wear sock hop costumes and bring in decorations that work with the 1950s theme. Sock hop costumes include poodle skirts, jeans, and ponytails. Sock hop costumes can even include roller skates if you want to incorporate a car hop theme to the show.

Try to incorporate the different cars in the show. Ask the manufacturers if they have any material they would like to give away. Some car manufacturers would love to give away pens, Frisbees, or magnets.

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How to Plan Your Own Sock Hop at Your Summer Car Show

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

There are many fun things to see and do at a car show. One fun activity is to participate in a car hop. While it is important that the cars that are being shown are the main priority, a little fun helps things to go a long way.

In order to have a successful car hop you’ll need to do some basic planning first. Once this planning is done and assignments made things won’t seem so overwhelming. The following are some things that ideas to help your activities be a smashing hit.

Publicity is key. Make sure that your event is well know by those who will be attending the event. When people know in advance they are more likely to make sure to set aside time to attend.

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