I was in sixth grade and one of the more lighthearted activities at our school was ballroom dancing. Why we had ballroom dancing I am not sure, but one day one of the teachers announced that since we were in the sixth grade and nearly adults, we needed to learn to dance. So for one hour, twice a week, all of the sixth grade students would gather in the school auditorium. The girls would all line up on one side of the room and the boys the other. The girls would generally be prim and proper while the boys acted silly and made fun of the situation.
We started out practicing each step on our own. Then the teachers would pair us up with a child of the opposite sex. The boys managed to dance without becoming physically ill, although some claimed they were going to be. We learned all of the slow ballroom dances: the Two Step, the Waltz and the Foxtrot. "Harbor Lights" was the most popular song we danced to and by the time I learned the dances I knew the song by heart. I learned I loved dance, even when my toes were stepped upon by clumsy boys.