Frequently Asked Questions

How does NLJC decide where to place the students?
How do I pay online?
I registered online but I haven’t received a confirmation email yet.
Which chapter or location should I sign my child up for?
What if I want to change chapters?
My daughter was put on’ hold’ or on ‘wait’–what does this mean?
I don’t live in Northern Virginia, where could my child participate in Junior Cotillion?
How did NLJC get my contact information?
Will there be class if there is bad weather?
What is the homework assignment for my child’s class?
What is the dress code?
Why do I need to rsvp / let you know if my child will be at an event or miss a class, if I have already registered them and paid for the program?”

How does NLJC decide where to place the students?
Classes are typically divided by grade and school. When we receive a registration we look at what grade they are in and what school they go to. There are exceptions and they are done at the request of the parents either in an effort to accommodate busy schedules, requests for friends to be together, or to be at a certain location. Parents are often concerned that an older student entering the program should begin in the 6th grade class, but we have found  that students are more comfortable ‘catching up’ in a class with their peers,  than learning in a class of students younger than they are. So we divide classes by grade: 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, and then a high school program for all 9th-12th graders.

How do I pay online?  You can pay online when you register a student.  If you decide to pay online at a later date, please email us to request a payment link.

I registered online but I haven’t received a confirmation email yet, is there a problem with my registration?  Thank you for registering.  In this world of automation everyone is ready for an automatic response to online registration or purchases, but please be patient with us as we confirm registrations.  We have many classes, they fill up quickly, and it is important to keep the balance of ladies to gentlemen even.   We also have registrations that come in the mail and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Our confirmation emails are sent up to 7 days after registering when we are sure each registration is in the correct location.

Which chapter or location should I sign my child up for?  We have seven locations for the Junior Cotillion 6th and 7th grade classes.  The Year Three (8th grade) will be located where the majority of registrants are and High School events are held at various locations.  Please refer to this map for exact locations. For the 6th and 7th grade classes, we have them divided by elementary and middle schools.  But if there is a location or time better for you and your family, we are happy to place your student in any class where we have space.

What if I want to change chapters?
We often hear questions such as this: My son and his best friend attend different schools, can they still be in the same class?  My daughter has a conflict the night of cotillion in my area?  Do I have other options?  Yes!  You are welcome to enroll your child in any of our other chapters for the same age group where we have space available.  Please refer to this map for locations.  For dates, times, and availability of classes please email us at ann.achiu@nljc.com.

My daughter was put on’ hold’ or on ‘wait’–what does this mean?
HOLD LIST: Being on the ‘hold list’ is merely waiting for your class to even out: ladies to gentlemen. Once we have enough students register, of the opposite gender, your spot in the class is secure. Because we are just waiting for enough students of the opposite gender to join, if you refer a student of the opposite gender to the same class and they register, your son or daughter will be taken off hold immediately regardless of your place on hold. Please have them let us know who referred them either on the registration form or in an email.

Example: You register your daughter, Sarah, for cotillion but there are 4 more girls than boys registered for the class. Sarah’s registration is put on ‘hold.’ You can either wait for 4 more boys to register, or you can invite friends who have a boy Sarah’s age to register for her cotillion class.  Your neighbor’s son, John, registers for Sarah’s same class and his parents wrote an email or a note with registration that John’s registration was referred by you or Sarah. Sarah would then be enrolled in the class even though three more girls were ahead of her on the ‘hold’ list because you did the work to secure John’s registration.

We do not have a deadline for the hold list until the class starts.  Up until the day of the first class, we will still be looking for students to even out our numbers and take students off hold. This is why we ask for a $50 deposit even if your registration is on hold.  If you change your mind about being on hold and wish to withdraw, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allow another student to take their place or so that we do not try to recruit more students that are not needed.  If we are unable to find enough students to even out the class and take a student off hold, we will refund any money, including the deposit, that has been paid.

WAIT LIST: If you are on the ‘wait’ list then we have reached our limit of registrations for your students’ gender for that particular class.   Please let us know if you are still interested in the class because if another student has to remove their registration (moving, illness or injury, or conflicting schedules with school activities) then we would be able to take your student.  If enough students–ladies and gentlemen–are on a wait list, we may be able to open another class.

I don’t live in Northern Virginia, where could my child participate in Junior Cotillion?  Please visit the national website:  http://www.nljc.com to find a chapter near you.

How did NLJC get my contact information? Referrals! At the end of each season we ask parents to refer friends who might be interested in Cotillion classes. If your student received an invitation chances are that someone at dance class, on the baseball team, at your church, or at your school referred your child to our program. We do not buy or sell mailing lists and all the information we receive is kept private. If you would like to be removed from our invitation list, please let us know.

Will there be class if there is bad weather?  In the event of inclement weather, we usually follow the public schools’ inclement weather policy, however, please watch for our email or check our website or Facebook page concerning any changes in schedule.

What is the homework assignment for my child’s class?  The Cotillion Challenge, or homework assignment, can be found in the Cotillion Workbook on the first page of that classes notes.

What is the dress code?
For the 6th and 7th grade classes the dress code is as follows:
Classes- All Junior Cotillion sessions are dress-up affairs for which careful grooming is required. No athletic shoes or flip-flops. Ladies should wear conservative dresses or skirts and dress shoes. Please wear a shoe that has a strap on the heel to secure the shoe while dancing. No strapless shirts or dresses, please. Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers or a suit.

Winter Dance- Ladies should wear knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and dress shoes. Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, white dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers or a suit.

Spring Ball- The Spring Ball is a semi-formal event for which appropriate dress is required. Ladies should wear a knee length or longer age appropriate white dress. No strapless dresses or dresses with trains.  For those of you that like to plan ahead, white dresses are available in the summer. So if you feel comfortable guessing what size your daughter will be in the spring, you may want to keep an eye out for your daughter’s white Spring Ball dress before the season begins. Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, white dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers or a suit.

For the Year Three and High School events, please refer to your season overview that you will receive at the beginning of the season.  Each event has its own dress code.  White dresses for ladies are not required for any of the events in 8th-12th grade.

Why do I need to rsvp / let you know if my child will be at an event or miss a class, if I have already registered them and paid for the program?”
For 6th & 7th grade students:
We plan for even numbers to make sure that everyone has a dance partner. If we know that your child will be absent, we will make arrangements for an additional student assistant to keep our numbers even.
For 8th Grade & High School Students:
We need to know who will be in attendance for a few reasons:
Safety – We need to know who to expect to be there and be able to account for them
Chaperones – We need to have 1 chaperone for every 20-25 students depending on the event.
How many to plan for – partners, tickets, meals. We don’t want to order tickets or meals that won’t be used and we want to make sure that there is an equal number of partners for events where we will be dancing.
We want our all students to learn to respond to invitations, themselves, and to do it quickly. I encourage you to help your student develop this habit, it will serve them well both in business and social situations to come.

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    • The dress code for the Spring Ball is semi-formal. We ask that parents attending for the parent/student dances observe the following: dress or skirt for women, and jacket, tie and dress pants for the men. More formal wear is acceptable for parents but not necessary.

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