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Dance Your Way Home

People dancing

Dance Your Way Home is a new book by music and culture writer Emma Warren. Subtitled ‘A Journey Through The Dancefloor’, Emma travels through a number of different dance spaces over time — from school discos to the fiercest drum & bass raves, and many places in between — to focus on a set of people who have often been left out of dance music history. Here, we run an excerpt from the book that Emma picked out for DJ Mag that focuses on how house music grew at Chicago's sock hops

School dances, or ‘sock hops’ in the gradually disappearing terminology of the 1950s, were standard fare across the U.S, although Mendel High students in the...