Making Social Education Fun

Making Social Education Fun

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned etiquette?

The folks in Argyle take that sort of thing seriously which is why Argyle Nights has been such an important part of the community and the school for several years.

Argyle Nights is a special cotillion of sorts, exclusively for sixth graders at Argyle Middle School. It takes place over the course of four nights and provides a great experience for kids to not only learn how to dance but many other etiquette-related issues that today’s society takes for granted.

Each night has a theme and the students are split into two groups. One group attends dance lessons, while the other goes to etiquette class. Halfway through the evening, they switch. Everyone comes together at the end of the night for treats and some dancing. The three themed nights consist of:

Country & Western
Dance lessons – Two-Step,
Cotton Eyed Joe, Funky Cowboy
(line dance)
Etiquette lessons – Making a good first
impression, introduction, handshake, etc.
Hip Hop
Dance lessons – Hip Hop routine
Etiquette lessons – Common courtesies,
addressing adults, opening doors
Red/Black Revue
Dance lessons – Waltz
Etiquette lessons – Compliments,
electronic etiquette

This all leads up to a semi-formal dance at Robson Ranch. The gentlemen, dressed in suits and ties, stand outside on the red carpet and await the ladies’ arrival via car to offer their arms and escort each into the building. A formal dinner is served, giving the kids a chance to try out their new etiquette lessons. Each student is then assigned a dance parter for each dance to try out their new dance moves.

Argyle Nights Co-Chairs Jen Burns and Ginger Ratliff say it is the parent volunteers that make this whole thing work. They do everything from decorating the gym, to teaching the lessons to providing the treats at the end of the night. It that it makes for a great memory for the kids as well as a wonderful learning experience.

“It’s a really special event for the kids,” said Ratcliff. “It’s something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

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