Two Fridays ago, I helped chaperone a school dance at my old middle school. It was a really weird experience for me. The last time I went a school dance was when I was in middle school, back in 1999. It was so strange to be back at a dance in the exact same place.
Personally, I was never a big fan of school dances. I was really short in middle school, and all the girls were about a foot taller than me. That made dancing kind of awkward, to say that least; it's hard to put your hand on the shoulder of someone much taller than you.
Also, I seem to remember that one dance, I brought a murder mystery along with me, so I could read instead of dance.
Watching the dance was rather interesting. Mostly, there were groups of 6-10 boys, and groups of 6-10 girls, and these groups just moved the gym. That is, the boys and girls didn't really talk much to each other. They were mostly in separate groups the whole time. On rare occasion, the boys and girls would dance.
I think when I was in middle school, we did a little bit more dancing. Not much more, though.
It was kind of weird, watching the school dance and remembering how school dances terrified me when I was younger. I was frightened by the tall girls; I remember that it took me two whole dances to work up the nerve to ask a girl to dance with me. In retrospect, there was nothing to be scared about, because the boys at the dance didn't really dance that much, or deal with the girls. They mostly just stood around and listened to the loud music.