Dancing Lessons at School
|Published: 4th October 2007 22:31|
By Peter Keat, Manor Court's Nostalgia Writer
There must be very many among our number who still go quite cold when inadvertently they hear the distant strains of 'Wheels Cha Cha'.
Me for one!
What is even sadder, is that I still remember that it was performed by the Max Harris Group and recorded on the Fontana label.
In those far off days if you really wanted to put in extra dancing practice the record could be bought from RA Fraser Ltd on the Havant Road in Drayton for 3/4d How do I all know this? I worked in the store part time after school, in the holidays and on Saturdays and I actually sold the record to some of our number, no names after all these years, who sheepishly came in to buy a copy. Steve also worked there for a time (and his wife worked next door in the shoe shop) and I am sure Steve will relate the same story.
But what was the purpose of those dancing lessons? And who went? Was it an attempt to give us teenagers some form of social grace? Who were the instructors and where did they come from? I do not remember them being from among the normal school staff, and was there ever a School Dance when we could show off our newfound skills? Here my memory fails me but hopefully someone will remember and remind me of an event that I have forgotten. All this before the glamour days of the School Proms which are held now!
Is it my imagination or did we change partners for each different dance, I tend to think so, I remember tackling the Quickstep with Jenny but other dances I think I was partnered by someone else. How quickly one forgets events, but the steps that I learnt then are still emblazoned in the back of the mind, I can still dance when required, although I was never very happy with the Foxtrot and I would still rather not tackle that particular dance unless I was pushed.
Does anyoneone else remember these dancing lessons from 1961/2? Who went ? Would you care to share your memories with the rest of us? If so send me an E Mail so we can all relive your experiences, both good and bad.
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