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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Music and Fun

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Concordia throws a genuine '50's style sock hop

Take a trip back to the sock hop era of the fabulous '50s in a unique fundraiser event for Concordia Lutheran School.

On Saturday, January 24 at West Lakes Gold Course clubhouse in Alta, the school's volunteers are preparing a real sock hop, complete with all the burgers, fries and shakes you can eat. There will also be '50-style music and games.

Sock hop dances were born in the '50s, named for the habit teen dancers had of kicking off their shoes to get a better "slide" in moves like "The Twist" or "The Mashed Potato" without scuffing up a school gym floor where dances were often held.

Several '50s songs mention sock hops, such as Little Richard's "Ready Teddy," which speaks of the "Sock hop ball." In 1958, Danny and the Juniors song "At the Hop" set the scene. Movies such as 1973's "American Grafitti" celebrate the sock hop culture.

Sock hops were much less formal than proms or other dances, and dancers didn't necessarily have to come with a partner to dance to the live band or records.

A modern version of a sock hop may include anything from current back to '50s tunes. At Concordia's family-friendly event, all ages can have fun, with or without a "date."

The fun begins at 7 p.m. on January 24. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, including food. Break up the winter doldrums with this blast from the past.