National League of Junior Cotillions coming to Barry County

Friday, May 18, 2012

The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character eduction and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, has announced plans to establish its national program in Barry County.

"We will be selecting a director for the local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion," said Elizabeth Anne Winters, national director.

The organization currently has directors operating in 34 states.

"This program is making a positive impact on students across the nation and we are delighted to know that more young people in this area will have the opportunity for this vital training," Winters said.

The purpose of the program is to give students instruction and practice in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them. Students actively learn courtesies through a creative method employing role playing, skits and games. Standard ballroom and line dancing is taught using nationally approved Top 40 music.

In addition to the usual courtesies associated with dancing and etiquette, character instruction is provided in the areas of honor, respect, ethics, sportsmanship, acknowledgement of gifts, behavior at cultural and civic events, correspondence, interaction in groups, introductions, paying and receiving compliments, receiving lines, table manners, instructional dinners, electronic etiquette, cell phone courtesy and many other areas of social conduct.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the program was established in 1979 and has licensed cotillions nationwide. The cotillion includes monthly classes plus a Holly Ball, Spring Ball and instructional three-, five- and seven-course dinners.

"The program has met with equal success in metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Ga., Orlando, Fla., Minneapolis, Minn., Houston, Texas, and in small communities across the country," said Winters. "We believe it will be an important addition to the training of young people in this area."

Applications or nominations for cotillion director are currently being accepted.

For more information, call 800-633-7947, or visit

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