National League of Junior Cotillions
Central Austin Chapter
Welcome to the National League of Junior Cotillions Central Austin Chapter!
Our program consists of life skills, etiquette, and social dance training program for middle school ladies and gentleman. We offer class for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Austin, Texas. We promote good manners and teach skills that are useful and relevant to today's teens lives, while having fun along the way! Etiquette isn't just about knowing how to hold your pinky while sipping tea anymore. Cotillion is about feeling confident and comfortable, while making others around you feel the same way in every social situation.
The Cotillion classes are a mix of life skills, etiquette instruction and formal dance including the cha cha, fox trot, waltz, swing, salsa, two step, cotton eyed joe and several line dances. Dances are taught using current music that are screened for content. The social and life skills education components of the program include rules of proper cell phone courtesy, acknowledgments of gifts, introductions, hand shakes, participating in group settings, the art of 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, Asian, 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, and accountability.
The Cotillion season runs from September through March and consists of six classes and the annual Black and White Ball. Classes are held on one Sunday a month and are divided by grade level, with a balanced number of boys and girls in each class. The once a month flexible schedule allows families to participate in sports and other activities with ease. Make up classes are always available. The Central Austin Chapter classes are held at Hyatt Regency Austin. The maximum number of students per class is 60 and classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Nominated students and siblings of current and former students, known as "Legacy Members", receive priority admission.
Each class introduces new etiquette and dance instruction. Tuition includes:
- Six 1.5 hour classes
- Etiquette, life skills, and dance training
- NLJC student booklet and reference guide
- Refreshments during class
- Prizes during the classes
- Invitation to the Black & White Ball
- 5- course formal instructional dinner at the Ball (7th & 8th graders only)
Benefits to your child:
- Increase in self-confidence
- Development of social and conversation skills
- Awareness of the importance of manners and etiquette
- Looks wonderful on High School Honor Society and college application
Tuition Rates (all inclusive):
6th grade: $315
7th and 8th grade: $350*
* 7th and 8th grade tuition includes a 5-course formal instructional dinner at the Black and White Ball
We ask that half of tuition be paid with registration to hold your child's spot in the class. The remaining balance is due in September by the first class. Payment can be mailed to the mailing address provided below AND we accept payment via Paypal online.
Refunds will only be given to families who are moving or under extreme circumstances in fairness to those on the wait list.
To pay by check, please make and send payment to:
Alexandra Caroline LLC
P.O. Box 82415, Austin, TX, 78708
Registration for the 2017 - 2018 Junior Cotillion season is now open for current and new families! Please go to the "2017 - 2018 Registration" page to register your child for the upcoming exciting season of Junior Cotillion!
Director Alexandra Starnes has been involved with the National League of Junior Cotillions Travis County for over 14 years. She started the Junior Cotillion program as a shy, skeptical 6th grader but soon blossomed into a confident young adult. After attending all three years of Junior Cotillion, Mrs. Starnes was invited to be a student assistant and worked with NLJC throughout her high school years. Upon high school graduation, Mrs. Starnes tried out for the world-famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and was selected to the elite team. During her time in Dallas she accepted the position to be the NLJC Assistant Director of Travis County. She received her dance education degree and teacher certification from Texas State University, specializing in drill team direction. Before the season she said, "I am honored to be the director for Travis County and I look forward to continue to work with all of my wonderful students and parents." She believes the National League of Junior Cotillions program has the ability to guide students into becoming well-mannered, savvy young adults who will positively impact their communities for years to come.