Sock hops were a popular diversion in young American culture during days of yore, and in some places, they're still hoppin' today. How much do you know about sock hops?
Sock hops rose to mainstream popularity during the 1950s.
Sock hops were informal school dances, unlike prom, homecoming and other more formal events.
In order to protect the wooden gym floors where sock hops were typically held, attendees were required to remove their shoes.
Sock hops were renowned for the rock-and-roll music that was played throughout the evening.
Radio DJ Alan Freed is frequently credited with first using the term "rock-and-roll" to describe the musical genre that sprang to life in the '50s and '60s.
At the start of 1950, only a little more than 5 million TV sets had been purchased in the United States. By the end of the decade, more than 50 million sets would fill close to 9 out of 10 American homes.
The TV show "American Bandstand" brought new music genres and fresh dances into the homes of millions of Americans during the many decades it aired, among them rock-and-roll and the twist.
Chubby Checker recorded "The Twist" in June of 1959, and performed it on "American Bandstand" the following summer.
During the 1950s, the producers of "American Bandstand" would receive some 20,000 to 45,000 letters from excited viewers each week.
During the sock hop era, one of the staple fashions out on the dance floor was poodle skirts.