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Albright College to Host 1950s-Style Sock Hop to Benefit United Way of Berks County


Oct. 28, 2013

Reading, Pa.  – Break out the poodle skirts and letterman sweaters – Albright College is going back to the ’50s. The College’s department of fashion merchandising and design will host a sock hop dance on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., in the Scholl LifeSports Center. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Berks County.

“The sock hop offers students the opportunity to participate in a fun event and at the same time support the community through the United Way,” said Paula Trimpey, associate professor of theatre and fashion design. “It’s an old-fashioned, innocent way to have a lot of good fun.”

Attendees are encouraged to wear 1950s-era attire, including poodle and pencil skirts, ponytails and scarves for the ladies, and letterman sweaters or motorcycle jackets, with white T-shirts, rolled-up jeans and slicked-back hair for the gentlemen. The event will feature period music and dance instruction for such favorites as the “Mashed Potato,” the “Twist,” the “Lindy Hop,” the “Bop,” the “Madison” and the “Stroll.”

To purchase tickets for the sock hop, call the Box Office at 610-921-7547. For more information, visit albright.edu/centerforthearts.


Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright enrolls about 1,700 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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