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?
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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