"Social Dancing" now rates with aerodynamics, comparative philology, and home economics as far as the New York State Board of Education is concerned, with the result that veterans, in the Empire State, at least, can learn to dance at Government expense.
Until last night, the Massachusetts Board had not decided to follow its neighbor's lead, although it had before it an application from the Boston studios of Arthur Murray, whose New York branch had advertised for ex-G.I. dancing students yesterday morning.
Murray's hurry, beyond mere speed in his terpsichorean teachings, bore fruit with the advertisement which boasted that the school "has been approved to offer courses in social dancing. Ex-service men and woman who are eligible under the G.I. Bill of Rights may take this instruction in private or class lessons at their own convenience, during the day or evening."
While other local dancing instructors remained oblivious to the opportunities that might open to them-"Professor" Ritter said last night that he "hadn't thought about it yet"-the Murray studio had already filed its application.
Miss Katherine Dickson, whose school in the Square depends on the seasonal influxes of Harvard men, doesn't see how any Board of Education could approve a "social dancing" program.