Can You Bop? Join Us for New Dance Classes!

By Jennifer W. RSS Wed, May 24, 2017

Social dancing is back in a big way! The popularity of line dancing in recent years has renewed interest in choreographed dance and ushered in a renaissance of partner dancing. Did you know that the African American community in Philadelphia created a style of dance that took the country by storm in the 1950s called the Philly Bop?

The Philly Bop evolved out of the Lindy Hop and the style of dance known as "jitterbugging". Over the years, people interested in dancing have continued to bop, but the question our librarians want to ask you is: "Can You Bop?"

Marvin DeBose, the Head Librarian at Haverford Library, wanted to offer a series of programs to connect different generations in the community. When he was thinking of ways to bring seniors and teens together, he knew music and dancing would have the power to attract audiences of all ages. Marvin reached out to Melissa Talley-Palmer, a professional instructor and dancer, to collaborate on a series of intergenerational dance programs. The result is a series of dance classes, open to people of all ages, inspired by the rich African American cultural history in Philadelphia!

These dance classes are for beginners! Ms. Talley-Parker assures new students that by the end of their first class they will know how to Bop. Join us for an upcoming dance lesson and find out for yourself what the Philly Bop is all about. Please sign up in advance by calling Marvin DeBose at 215-685-1964 or register in person at Haverford Library.

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Kudos to Marvin and the locations hosting the Haverford's Philly Bop! Thanks to Nixon/Cobbs, Haddington and Blackwell! Great write-up Jenny! Awesome things are happening in the West Philly Area!!!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What days is dance class
Wilhelmina Rowell - 19104
Thursday, June 1, 2017

So the Bop classes are over? Will there be a new series of classes?
Desarrie McDuffie - Philadelphia
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It is 11/8. Are lessons still given?
Stephen mack
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

When do the classes start? are they day or evening classes
Leonard Stewart - Philadelphia, West Philadelphia or South Philadelphia
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Are you still teaching Bop Classes at Haverford Library Branch
Lynn - Philadelphia
Saturday, October 20, 2018

I want to learn how to bop/cha cha. Please email me back..days/time/cost
Monday, November 26, 2018

Are lessons still happening? I would love to attend
Margaret - Upper Darby
Friday, December 14, 2018

Please send information of future classes.Thank you.
Howard Taltoan - S.philly,g-town,n-philly,w-philly
Monday, December 17, 2018

Please teach me how to bop
Vanessa Fripps - Philadelphia
Monday, February 11, 2019

Send me location and information
Vanessa Fripps - Upper darby
Monday, February 11, 2019

Regina Willis - Main Line
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Can you send me info on bop lessons?
Roz - south jersey
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Les Danseuses Academy - Pune
Friday, March 22, 2019

Want tolearn how to bop
Michelle Chance - Philadelphia
Friday, April 12, 2019

I want to learn how to Bop.
Sabon Ransom - Germantown, or West Oak Lane
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Want to learn
Wesley cuffie jr - Phila
Thursday, September 5, 2019

I want to learn to bop
Sunday, January 5, 2020

I'm interested in bop & cha-cha lessons
Clarice Nicholson - Philadelphia
Friday, February 14, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

When will there be new Philly Bop Dance Classes opening?
Henry - Philadelphia
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Already can bop a little
Mary - Margaret Upper Darby
Saturday, November 19, 2022