“AT THE HOP” 50’s Dance, March 21st, Gays Mills

Grab your blue suede shoes and get ready to rock around the dance floor…

Dance Flyer Header - At The Hop

Click to open the pdf.

We’re goin’ hoppin’…

Music centered around the 1950’s era will be played (with the exception of a few modern favorites) and all music has been monitored for any inappropriate lyrics and content.

Outfits centered around the 1950’s era are encouraged.  (Check the internet for ideas!)

The 50’s era of music and dancing was all about having fun, so don’t be afraid of not having the right dance moves.  You’ll be surprised how easy you can do “The Stroll”, “Twist” and even the “Loco-Motion” like Little Eva.

*** Scroll down for information on a special 50’s Dance Class to be held a week or so before the dance! ***

Please understand that there is a Code of Conduct and Dress to be followed.  Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the dance.

Download the information and print your ticket: Dance Flyer pdf – At The Hop

* By signing, you are giving consent to your child’s participation at the dance and verify that your child has read and understands the conduct and dress codes.  Please present your ticket at the door.


The last Homeschool and Friends Dance in Gays Mills was a Winter Formal attended by nearly 50 young people.  Check out the slide show!

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Any questions or concerns, please e-mail Melanie.

Dance Code of Conduct – At The Hop
Dance Flyer pdf – At The Hop

*Extra* Here’s how to dance The Hand Jive

The original song was created by Johnny Otis, and you can see him singing it on YouTube along with his dancers. While they do more complex moves, the basic hand jive can be done using a simple jazz square foot movement accompanied by the following hand motions:

  1. Crouch down and slap your palms against your thighs twice.
  2. Cross your palms over and under each other, like a referee announcing “safe!”
  3. Make your hands into fists and pound them on top of each other, twice each.
  4. Use your fingers to touch elbows, one at a time.
  5. “Hitch-hike” by making fists with your thumbs sticking out and pointing them over your shoulder, again twice on each side.

There is a lot of room for improvisation and ornamentation in this dance, and there’s no need to follow the steps exactly. However, since they’re so simple and get repeated so many times during the song, it is an easy way to recreate the fifties on the dance floor.  (Source)

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“At The Hop” 50’s Dance

March 21st, 2014
6 to 10 pm
Main Street Community Building,
Gays Mills WI

For homeschoolers and friends (ages 13-20)
$5 Prepay by March 19th or $8 At the door.
Make sure to print out the ticket!


50’s Dance Class

An opportunity to learn some of the great dances from the 50’s era, and as a bonus…have a great time as well!The dance classes are scheduled for :

Friday, March 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
in the Main St. Community Building
Please do your best to be punctual !
Fee is $3 per person  or $8 per family.

Melanie will teach you some of the most popular dances from the 50’s era.  This will be educational, fun and a great tool for the upcoming dance.

Parents:  You are more than welcome to participate, so bring your dancing shoes : )



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