Dancing was a favorite activity for many of the Mayberry folks. Sometimes The Dance became the focal point of the story. Let's think about different occasions where there was dancing, discussion of a dance, or preparations for a dance. The episode where Opie falls for Miss Crump was the one I watched this morning. First time I ever thought about how important dancing was in Mayberry--even in grammar school:
Miss Crump is teaching her class to waltz as part of their learning about the culture of another country. Opie's partner is absent so he and Miss Crump trip the light fantastic. Opie falls for Helen--hard. This, of course, leads to major complications.