It’s back and better than ever—the SaddleBrooke Line Dance Club’s Sock Hop Party! Dancers were on “cloud nine” as we got together on Sept. 21 for one of our favorite dance party themes. This Sock Hop was very much anticipated, as we had not had one since 2017!
Club members were “getting their kicks” dancing to some “hip” 1950s tunes. We danced to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” from 1959, and we did some “Walkin’ After Midnight,” originally sung by Patsy Cline in 1957, but we danced to a newer, jazzed-up version. For some real 1950s nostalgia, we did the Bunny Hop. This dance was introduced on band leader Ray Anthony’s TV show in 1953. However, we had so many dancers looking pretty in poodle skirts that we called the dance the “Poodle Hop”! The folks were “having a blast,” and this party was anything but “Dullsville.”
It was time for a break, and party-goers relaxed and refreshed with potato chips and root beer floats. From your youth, you might remember a game called Pin the Tail on the Donkey. For our party, we played a version called Pin the Tail on the Poodle. The lucky contest winner was club member Flor Munoz. Flor will surely enjoy using her prize of a gift certificate to the ice cream parlor Licks. What a sweet treat!
It was back to dancing to another long-ago favorite, the “Hokey Pokey.” Who hasn’t done this one at least once in their lifetime? This dance was also introduced in 1953 on The Ray Anthony Show. We really did need to do this dance, because, after all, “That’s what it’s all about!”
The “bash” continued as we danced to “Tequila” by the Champs (1958) and “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets from 1954.
As always, a tremendous thank you to the Dance and Music Committees for their excellent work on the playlist, and kudos to our hardworking and creative Social Committee for this very enjoyable party. All agreed it was just the “ginchiest”!
Please check out our website www.sbldc.weebly.com. Got questions? Email our vice president Jaci McGeorge at [email protected]. Club dues are just $10 per year. No matter what decade a song is from, we just love to line dance!