Can You Bop? Join Us for New Dance Classes!

By Jennifer W. 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.

Philly Bop Dance Classes
Philly Bop Dance Classes
Patrons learning the Philly Bop
Patrons learning the Philly Bop


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!!!
DARREN - WEST PHILLY Wed, May 24, 2017
What days is dance class
Wilhelmina Rowell - 19104 Thu, June 01, 2017
So the Bop classes are over? Will there be a new series of classes?
Desarrie McDuffie - Philadelphia Tue, August 15, 2017
It is 11/8. Are lessons still given?
Stephen mack Wed, November 08, 2017
When do the classes start? are they day or evening classes
Leonard Stewart - Philadelphia, West Philadelphia or South Philadelphia Tue, May 29, 2018
Are you still teaching Bop Classes at Haverford Library Branch
Lynn - Philadelphia Sat, October 20, 2018

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