What is Junior Cotillion?
The Junior Cotillion is designed 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 memorable parties, balls, dinners and events, complete with decorations, refreshments, favors and prizes.
Who is eligible to participate?
The Junior Cotillion program is available to middle school age boys and girls (6th – 8th grade).
What life skills will my child learn in Junior Cotillion?
The Junior Cotillion program places emphasis on etiquette, manners, and character education, as well as ballroom dance.
The social and character education components of the program include rules of proper telephone courtesy, acknowledgments of gifts, introductions, receiving lines, participating in group settings, polite conversation, paying and receiving compliments, sports etiquette, first impressions, dress code for all occasions, manners in the home and in public places, table manners, formal place settings, styles of dining including American and Continental, skills involved in being a guest, hostess or host, and many other areas of social behavior. Other topics covered are the ethics involved in the areas of having honor, dignity, respect, honesty, fairness, a caring attitude, accountability, and citizenship.
The dance component of the curriculum includes the Foxtrot, Waltz, East Coast Swing, and Salsa. The students will also learn and practice popular line dances.