Music & Dance
were a time for sockhops, jazz, and rock-n-roll. So snap your fingers
and tap your feet to the beat, and continue your trip through fiftiesville. Please feel free to view our attempt at swing dancing at the bottom of the page.
The 1950s brought about a completely different
type of music. This music was known as “Rock and Roll” and
was different from anything Americans were used to. It was
up beat and fun to
dance to. Some of the popular rockers at the time included:
Elvis, The Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly. Click HERE to view
a collection of popular
songs from the decade.
During the 1950s American Bandstand was
a very popular TV show that pretty much set the dance styles
for the time. The Bandstanders
themselves referred to their dance style as “fast dancing,” however,
many other people referred to it as Lindy, Jitterbug, or Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Depending on who you talked to, the same dance style had many
different names but they were generally the same thing. You may
be wondering where the Bandstanders learned how to do the dance.
The answer is from older siblings, parents, and peers. And of
course once the Bandstanders were on television they taught their
moves to the entire nation. The 1950s was a time of fast-paced
and fun dancing that was popular among all ages. Click HERE for dance descriptions.