Saturday, April 19, 2014

1950s Bunny Hop Dance & 2000s Hip-Hop/Club Music Bunny Hop Dances

This post presents information about & videos of the 1950s American novelty dance called "the Bunny Hop". This post also presents information about and videos of the Hip-Hop "Bunny Hop" line dances that are performed to the 2002 Da Entourage record as well as information about and videos of dances that are performed to DJ Lilman's 2012 club music "Bunny Hop" record.

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"The bunny hop is a novelty dance that was created at Balboa High School in San Francisco in 1952.[1] It is a social mixer dance, sometimes also referred to as a "party" or "dance party" dance.

The dance has been generally done to Ray Anthony's big band recording of the song.[1] It was a vocal hit in 1952, and instrumentally re-recorded c. 1958...

Ray Anthony's single release of the "Bunny Hop" featured another novelty dance classic, the "Hokey Pokey" on the B side...

The dance is a variation on a conga line. Participants dance in a line, holding on to the hips of the person in front of them. They tap the floor two times with their right foot, then with their left foot, then they hop forwards, backwards, and finally three hops forward to finish the sequence, which continues throughout the tune. The first person in the line leads the group around the floor.

The Finnish dance style called jenkka has essentially the same steps. Originating from the 19th century, jenkka is actually the same dance style as the German slow tempo polka called schottische or rheinländer. It is characterised by three quick steps and a hop and is danced to music in 2/4 time. Finnjenkka, also known as letkajennkka and letkis, is one of the many variations of jenkka. Typical to it is that all the people dancing form a line and hold on to the one in front by the waist."

Example #1: The Bunny Hop from The Ray Anthony Show (1953)

Ray Anthony, Published on Feb 3, 2014

Ray Anthony & his orchestra perform the 1950s dance sensation known as "The Bunny Hop" on this 1953 episode of The Ray Anthony Show

Example #2: The Lawrence Welk Show: Dance To The Bunny Hop!

Chris Pikal, Published on Jan 5, 2014

Featuring Alice Lon and The Lennon Sisters! (1957)

Example #3: Bunny Hop

redmoose3d, Uploaded on May 1, 2008

My little sister had a "Bunny Party" for her 3rd birthday, and we all danced the Bunny Hop.

"It’s been a year and a half since Da Entourage hit it big with Bunny Hop. Its latest CD, Entourage 2, was re-released on Universal Records as part of a reported $5 million deal, and it’s kept the Lafayette rap group hopping...

On the heels of the regional success of its first compact disc, Entourage 1, (Inside Acadiana: Hopping to the Top, Jan. 30, 2002), the group recently signed with Universal Records, home to the Cash Money and No Limit Record labels and acts like Master P, Juvenile, 504 Boyz and Nelly. Universal recently re-released Entourage 2, which also contains “Bunny Hop,” the successful single from the group’s first CD. The disc comes in two flavors – a clean version and one with explicit lyrics...

A lot has changed for Da Entourage since their “Bunny Hop” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles Chart in January 2002, including signing a deal with Universal on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans....

Da Entourage knew it had a catchy song on its hands with “Bunny Hop,” but they realized that they needed a hook to get the song to the broadest audience possible. It’s one thing to get a radio station to play a song, but it’s another to have people crowd the dance floor when they hear the first few notes of the song.

Da Entourage devised a simple dance, appropriately called the Bunny Hop, to go along with their number. They taught it to whoever would give them the time of day. When they went to locally owned record stores to stock copies of their CD, they taught the steps to managers and customers in the stores
[Music store owner Todd] Ortego is also a disc jockey on the weekends, catering to social functions like weddings, family reunions and company parties. He says he still gets requests for “Bunny Hop,” nearly two years after its initial release. Ortego readily admits that “I’m in this small – apparently exclusive – club of people who have never done a line dance,” but he says the dance must be what keeps the requests for the song coming."

Editor: There are a number of ways to do "Bunny Hop" line dances to the 2002 record by Da Entourage. This post showcases a few of those ways.

Example #1: Tuskegee Bunny Hopping (Line Dance 1)

Ian Evans, Uploaded on Oct 27, 2006

Tuskegee [University] Students Line Dancing on the Patio the Bunny Hop
A number of commenters wrote that this was the "old school" ["old skool"] way of doing the "Bunny Hop". It didn't seem as though those commenters knew about the "Bunny Hop" that was done as a conga-line dance. It also appeared that other commenters who added comments after 2012 were referring to Dj Lilman's record [found below in this post] as the "new school" way of dancing the "Bunny Hop".

Example #2: Bunny Hop Line dance

cojacque, Uploaded on Aug 15, 2009

Reception shananigans cont'd

Example #3: Bunny Hop Line Dance

howtolinedance, Uploaded on Jul 7, 2011

...This is a very simple warm up line dance workout called The Bunny Hop Line Dance. Have fun doing it. When it speeds up, you can get a serious workout on.

Example #4: The Bunny Hop Line Dance - INSTRUCTIONS

Steph's Line Dancing, Published on May 1, 2012

....There are quite a few versions out there but This is the EASIEST version i know

Song: Bunny Hop - Da Entourage
In response to a comment that that's not how to do this dance, the video uploader wrote:
"there are at LEAST 7-8 different versions of this dance.... this is just one of them..."

Here are two other comments from the video's discussion thread:
Kiki Williams, 2012
..."This song is by Da Enrouage... I've never seen anyone Bunny Hop like this before.. it seems too easy. I learned how to Bunny Hop in New Orleans and we always danced to this version of the song...."

Mark Hebert, 2013
"this song play at almost all the clubs and receptions down here in the New Orleans area and i see many versions of the dance...."

DJ Lilman's "Bunny Hop" Brick City club music record was recorded in 2012. Here's information about this type of club music
"Brick City Club Music (or Jersey club[1]) is a version of Baltimore club music from Newark, New Jersey popularized by DJ Tameil (Formerly Anthrax), DJ Tim Dolla, Mike V, DJ Black Mic (Brick Bandits Crew) ; in the early/mid 1990s to the 2000s.[2] It was then abandoned by DJ Tameil after many new producers began making music "without his permission," as Tameil has said numerous times, thus "ruining the genre."... DJ Lilman now is the most known DJ making Brick City Club hits. His music videos on Youtube has received more than 100,000 views...

Though presently it is not as popular as Baltimore club, Brick City club is still popular amongst the Essex, Hudson, Somerset, Middlesex, and Union county areas of New Jersey."...
Here's information about "Baltimore Club music"
"Baltimore club, also called "Bmore Club", "Bmore House" or simply "Bmore" is a breakbeat genre. A blend of hip hop and chopped, staccato house music, it was created in Baltimore, Maryland, United States in the late 1980s by 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell, Frank Ski, Big Tony (or Miss Tony), Scottie B. and DJ Spen.[1]

Baltimore club is based on an 8/4 beat structure, and includes tempos around 130 beats per minute.[2][3] It combines repetitive, looped vocal snippets similar to trap, ghetto house and ghettotech. These samples are often culled from television shows such as Sanford and Son and SpongeBob SquarePants,[3] though can also be simple repeated calls and chants. The instrumental tracks include heavy breakbeats and call and response stanzas similar to those found in the go-go music of Washington, D.C"....

These videos are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated videos given first.



wiztvpartyvideos . Published on Jun 16, 2012

The "I Love Jersey City" t-shirt wore by one of the dancers refers to a city in Northern New Jersey. Some of these dancers are "sportin a sag" [wearing sagging pants that show their boxer shorts.] That's a style from the 1980s that is still worn by some young males today although it seems to me that it's less prevalent than it was back then.

Example #2: Bunny Hop ( Dj Lilman Feat K-Shiz ) [ Terrence ]

TerryTEEVEE, Published on Jun 24, 2012

Might Be Alil late on This Video But I Do Whatever I Want ^__^

Example #3 [WARNING: A small amount of cursing is heard and a sexually explicit tag name is shown near the end of this video.]

Example #3: Team Groovy x Chinky - Bunny Hop / Team Gotti Anthem / Bonus (Jersey Club Music)

Jersey Club Music by Unicorn, Published on Apr 30, 2013

Team Groovy x Chinky - Bunny Hop / Team Gotti Anthem / Bonus (Jersey Club Music)
This video featured three different dances. The "Bunny Hop" dance is performed to the "Bunny Hop" by DJ Lilman Featuring K-Shiz

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