Social still continues in Augusta as it has for the last 80 years, the latest version this past Saturday night. It's the hipster thing for teenagers in the south! Is the south the only place where etiquette and proper dance are taught to teenagers? I ask, you answer.
(From Monday's Augusta Chronicle) Here is a 1962 photo of one of Augusta’s oldest traditions – “Social” – the etiquette and dance training that has prepared so many Augustans for the classic behaviors of adulthood.
Untold thousands have gone through the program begun 80 years ago when Mrs. Henri Price saw the value in teaching proper social skills to young people.
She introduced the young women of Augusta to ballroom dance and etiquette classes at the YWCA, partly to help them gain confidence and partly to reinforce good manners.
In the 1970s, Dorothy Wright McLeod, a program director for the YWCA and a former student of Mrs. Price, took up the tradition, and its success and popularity increased dramatically.
Today, according to the Social Web site, the program involves more than 2,000 students ranging in age from 12 to 18 in classes held not only in Augusta but also in Waynesboro, Aiken and Greenville, S.C.
They still learn the right way to shake hands, make eye contact, stand up straight, speak clearly and properly navigate a dining table.
And there’s dancing.