Popular Dances of the 1950s

Posted: September 25, 2011 in Arts, Dance, History, music, Music History, Roots Music, WiseGeek
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By Lori Spencer


In the 1950s, teens often congregated after school to drink soda pop, spin records, also known as “platters,” and learn the latest dances. They would show off their moves at the local Sock Hop, an informal dance event that was usually held in the high school gym; to avoid scratching up the gymnasium’s varnished floor, students were ordered to take off their shoes. US music and culture had a strong influence around the world in the 1950s, as different types of music flourished during this decade, advances in technology made that music more easily available, and US servicemen stationed overseas brought the music with them. Popular dances included the limbo, the twist, the slop, and the Lindy hop, all of which…

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