The purpose of the National League of Junior Cotillions™ program is to give young people instruction and practice in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them; to give them thorough training in standard ballroom dance; and to provide opportunities to practice and enjoy these skills at classes and balls, complete with decorations, refreshments, and prizes.
The Junior Cotillion places as much emphasis on etiquette, manners, and character education as it does on dance instruction. Etiquette topics covered during the program include:
- Telephone etiquette
- Thank you notes
- Responding to invitations
- Introductions and greetings
- Receiving lines
- Polite conversation
- Paying and receiving compliments
- Sports etiquette
- Dress codes for all occasions
- Manners in the home
- Table manners and formal place settings
- Escorting and seating a lady
- Skills involved in being a guest, hostess or host.
Dance instruction includes steps in
- Cha Cha
The Junior Cotillion setting encourages young ladies and gentlemen to learn to be comfortable together, make new friends, and enjoy themselves. After constant practice in a peer group, young ladies and gentlemen are expected to leave the program with the confidence and poise that comes from knowing the proper etiquette in any social situation. Instruction in dance and etiquette will be given at the five classes. Students in their second season (7th grade) of cotillion have an instructional five course dinner. The Winter Dance and the Spring Ball allow formal opportunities to put into practice the skills, dance steps and courtesies that they have been learning throughout the program.
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. Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers.
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.
Spring Ball- The Grand 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 (White is preferred, but pastel colored dresses are acceptable). Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, white dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers. Please note: For those of you that like to plan ahead, white dresses are generally available spring through 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 Spring Ball dress the summer before the season starts.
The monthly classes are theme classes with hands on etiquette and dance training. Refreshments are served.
The Winter Dance and Spring Ball allow students a formal environment to practice the etiquette and dance skills they have learned and to enjoy the self assurance that comes from knowing the proper manners to use. These evenings include special prizes, contests, corsages, boutonnieres, and dancing.
Parents’ Dip Into Dancing – Parents are invited to join us for the last fifteen minutes of our last class to learn the basic Waltz. At the Spring Ball, parents are invited to attend the last fifteen minutes to observe and dance with their children.
Etiquette booklets are given to students to take home after the first class. Students are given homework assignments which encourage them to practice the skills they have learned in class. These booklets are to be brought to every class, but not to the Winter Dance or Spring Ball. Students have the opportunity to earn prizes for completing their homework assignments.
Standards of Conduct
Members are required to conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the courtesies taught. The director reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any lady or gentleman who displays inappropriate or disruptive behavior. Parents are encouraged to stress the importance of prompt arrival and departure for each event.
Parents of Junior Cotillion members are welcome to observe a Junior Cotillion session and are invited to chaperone a class or ball during the year.