SOKKIE- SOUTH AFRICA

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Also known as “Langarm” in the Afrikaans language is an African dance style called Sokkie. This “social ballroom dance” is said to have originated from South Africa, and is said to be extremely popular with the Afrikaners. This dance style may either be performed barefoot or by using socks. Furthermore, this style is often referred to either as “dance of love” or “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:

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:

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:

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. Furthermore, at times few successful English songs are translated into “Afrikaans”, which is used to perform this dance style, and this is commonly referred to as “Sokkie music”

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Sokkie:

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. As for training centres/schools, there none available around the world since this “ballroom dance” is essentially performed in South Africa mainly by the “Afrikaners”.

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