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What is a Sokkie


The word sokkie refers to the way people dance in their socks, without shoes. This is not always the case, but this type of dancing is always called sokkie. The sokkie is an indigenous fusion of dances. It's believed that it evolved from the formal farm gatherings of the boere to a contemporary dance style for young party-goers. It is also of the opinion that the sokkie originates from the Two-Step, Waltz, the Barn Dance and the American Sock-Hop.

 

For those wanting to dance, here are five easy steps on how to Sokkie.

Step 1

Find a Bokkie (lady) to Sokkie with. Shorter bokkies are less intimidating than taller bokkies. Ask her for a sokkie - Bokkie, wil jy met my sokkie? Or in true David Kramer style say "Bokkie, wil jy met my dans vanaand? Bokkie, kom vat 'n kans vanaand. O sê net ja of nee, maar sal jy antwoord gee? O Bokkie, Bokkie wil jy dans of nie?" = Lady will you dance with me tonight? Lady, come take a chance tonight. Say just yes or no, but shall you give an answer?

Step 2

"Noice and Toit" (nice and tight) Once she accepts, lead her to the dance floor and hold her "noice and toit"! Oukie (Gentleman) leads with his left hand to the front - the windsurfing stance, and Bokkie rests her right hand in his. Oukie's spare hand rests on her back and will occasionally slip down towards a more supportive position - the buttocks!

Step 3

Oukie makes the first move Wait for the rhythm, catch the beat and fall into step. Oukie must lead. He will use his left foot to begin with and step forward. Bokkie then uses her right foot and steps backwards. The sokkie is actually just a walk to a beat, not a bounce, but more like a slide. Bokkie must stay close enough to Oukie so that she can feel when he wants to up the pace or change directions.

Step 4

Twists and Turns There are many twists and turns in the sokkie business. To start out with, here are the basic ones.

  • To change direction both Oukie and Bokkie have to turn together. When to change direction is up to Oukie (even if Bokkie sees them crashing into a wall). Oukie will know when the time is right and will guide Bokkie around an obstacle. Steps don't have to change, just the direction does.
  • The outward twirl is an old favourite. Bokkie lets go of Oukie's back and he thrusts her outwards while still holding onto her hand. Both partners take a step outwards (while Bokkie is twirling out) and both step in again (on Bokkie's way back into Oukie's arms).
  • The outward inward twirl involves a little more intellect. As above Bokkie twirls out. This time when she twirls back in she does not go straight back into Oukie's arms but instead does a double twirl on her way in so that her back faces Oukie's front. He then holds her for a second or two and then twirls her out and in again into the normal sokkie position.

Step 5

Be creative The great joy of this dance style is that it allows for creativity. If you and your partner know a little swing or two-step, throw it in. The pace can be increased or decreased according to the mood and beat of the tunes. Hand positions can change and can move from above the neck to the small of the back and the buttocks. Don't allow conventions to stifle your inventiveness on the dance floor. The sokkie is a dance for all ages, all cultures and all occasions!

 

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