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The Sokkie dance from South Africa is also known as ‘Langarm’ in the Afrikaans language. This “social ballroom dance” is said to have originated in South Africa, and is said to be extremely popular with the Afrikaners. This dance style may either be performed barefoot or with socks. Furthermore, this dance style is often referred to either as “the dance of love” or “the dance of sex”. In addition, this dance style, apart from “Sokkie music”, can also be performed to the beats of several other musical genres such as hip-hop, trance, country, and pop.
a. History/origin of Sokkie Dance:
It is said that this dance style was created and then further developed from formal farm gatherings that occurred frequently in South Africa among the Afrikaners. Furthermore, it is also said that this dance was created by fusing elements from the Two-Step, Waltz, the Barn Dance, and the American Sock-Hop.
b. Costumes used in the Sokkie Dance:
Since this dance is mainly performed in “nightclubs” casual wear and a pair of shoes is generally what is worn by a performer.
c. Music involved in the Sokkie Dance:
This dance form can be danced to several musical genres such as hip-hop, trance, country, and pop, and hence does not require any specific kind of music. A few successful English songs are translated into “Afrikaans,” the language used to perform this dance style, and are known as “Sokkie music.” English songs can be played for those participating and can perform solo on Sokkie Dance.
d. Training availability and technique involved in the Sokkie Dance:
In terms of technique, this dance basically fuses elements belonging to several other styles, such as the two-step, swing, boogie, waltz, the barn dance, American Sock-Hop, and social foxtrot/quickstep. In South Africa, since this “ballroom dance” is essentially performed, there are very few training centers/schools available around the world in South Africa.
e. Things to consider before attending Sokkie Dance
- Couples or single students can learn
- There is no specific dress code; simply be comfortable and wear closed-toe shoes.
- No previous dance experience is needed
- All fitness levels
- No age limit
f. Sokkie Dance tutorial videos:
g. Best Sokkie Dance Videos:
SOKKIE DANCE SOUTH AFRICA
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On this page, you'll find music recommendations for the dances we teach.
To hear full songs, or to save the playlist to your Spotify account, click the Spotify logo in the upper right corner of the playlist.
Where there are two playlists, the first one includes our current favorites, and the second one includes other good songs for the dance.
Every playlist is arranged by tempo, so if you want something slower or faster, simply move up or down the playlist.
If you know of other good songs for these dances, you can submit them here.
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- Bluesy Waltz
- Box Step Waltz
- Cha Cha
- Country One Step
- Country Two Step
- Country Waltz
- Cross-Step Waltz
- East Coast Swing (incl. Jitterbug, Lindy, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, etc.)
- Five-Step Waltz
- Fox Trot
- Hesitation Waltz
- Mazurka Clandestina
- Nightclub Two Step
- One Step
- Rotary Waltz
- Samba de Gafieira
- Seven-Step Waltz
- Street Swing
- Tango Vals
- Triple Two Step
- Valses Asymétriques (incl. Valse à 5 Temps, Valse à 8 Temps, and Valse à 11 Temps)
- Waltz Galop
- West Coast Swing
Box Step Waltz
For faster music in 3/4 time, see the Cross-Step Waltz playlists.
Country One Step
Country Two Step
For more waltzes at the same tempo, see the Cross-Step Waltz playlists.
For faster waltz music, see the Rotary Waltz playlists.
For faster music in 3/4 time, see the Rotary Waltz playlists.
East Coast Swing
These songs are also good for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, and other forms of swing dancing.
For slower music in 3/4 time, see the Rotary Waltz playlists.
Nightclub Two Step
Even more Nightclub Two Step music can be found at lower-tempo end of the West Coast Swing playlists.
For slower music in 3/4 time, see the Cross-Step Waltz playlists. For faster music in 3/4 time, see the Hesitation Waltz playlist.
Samba de Gafieira
Triple Two Step
Three separate playlists for Valse à 5 Temps, Valse à 8 Temps, and Valse à 11 Temps.
West Coast Swing
Even more West Coast Swing music can be found at higher-tempo end of the Nightclub Two Step playlists.
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