A Crowd of Students Dancing on the Gymnasium Floor in Only Their Socks


Nowadays, when we say "high school dance", one of the things that come into mind are dolled-up girls and suited-up guys working it on the dance floor in their high heels and fancy footwear. But did you know that it wasn’t always like this?

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In fact, there were informal dances that were called sock hops in America back in the 1950s. This was because the organizers required the dancers to remove their hard-soled shoes to keep them from damaging the nice varnished gymnasium floor.

It was only when sneakers and softer-soled shoes became more popular when the practice was dropped and dancing on gymnasium floors became less slippery.

But then again, can you imagine how fun it would’ve been slide around the dance floor on your socks, dancing to some upbeat rock and roll tune?

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written by geegraphy on 2013-05-29 in #lifestyle #overly-descriptive-title #dance #sock-hop #vintage #analogue-lifestyle


  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    I remember this well. I graduated in 1956, and 'sock-hops' were the thing. Lots of fun. Afterward we'd hop in our 'hot rod' and hit the drive-in for a burger and coke, and look at the other custom cars there.

  2. atch
    atch ·

    I actually never knew this! Great article! :)

  3. belkabelochka
    belkabelochka ·

    I went to high school from 1990-1994, and no one got dressed up for a high school dance (unless it was homecoming or prom, of course)...in fact, it was well known that regular school dances were merely for 'Freshmen to congregate', as one of my classmates phrased it.

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