National League of Junior Cotillions Mt. Pleasant Chapter
Welcome to the Mount Pleasant Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions! Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with our worthwhile program and submit your child's registration for our Junior Cotillion records.
Mary Kennerty, Director
About The Program
The National League of Junior Cotillions, with a three year curriculum, 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 balls, dinners and events, complete with decorations, refreshments, favors and prizes.
The Junior Cotillion copyrighted program has been used for over 20 years. Each class builds on the previous. Thus, all new students, in the fourth and fifth grades need to register for Season I. The social and character education components of the Season I program include: greetings and introductions, telephone courtesy, use of stationary, participating in group settings, refreshment etiquette, escorting and seating, paying and receiving compliments, polite conversation, manners in the home, table manners and use of silver, responsibilities of a guest, host/hostess, and many other areas of social behavior. Season I includes dance instruction in the Foxtrot and the Charleston Shag as well as current, popular line dances. Our ethics program emphasizes ‘keeping your word’ and taking responsibility for yourself.
SEASONS II & III
Students who have completed Season I and all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students register for Seasons II & III. While Season I teaches basic manners and dance skills, as in any other worthwhile lesson, a year is simply not enough time to master all of these skills. Experience has proven that students retain the social skills throughout life with repetition and practice. Therefore, I want to stress the importance of registering your child for Seasons II and III. Students begin to socially interact at this time and look forward to having their time with their peers.
Seasons II and III are definitely not a repeat of Season I. The advanced copyrighted curriculum includes formal table manners and place settings, manners in public places, the art of conversation and networking, electronic netiquette, use of stationary, first impressions, interview skills, being a host/hostess, and appropriate dress for all occasions. The dance steps for Seasons II and III are more advanced and include the Waltz, Charleston Shag, and a current line dance. The highlight of Seasons II and III is a formal, five-course instructional meal held at a fine dining restaurant.
About the Director
MARY CECILE KENNERTY
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, with a Master in Education, Mrs. Kennerty's expertise is teaching social etiquette in group settings. After earning her Masters in Education degree at Clemson University, she served on the faculty in the Recreation and Parks Administration Department at Clemson for eight years. In addition, she pioneered the Clemson University Women’s Athletic program. Mrs. Kennerty coached the first women’s tennis team to the first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in the history of Clemson Athletics. For the past eighteen years, she has worked as a Director of social etiquette programs for the National League of Junior Cotillions. Over 8,000 parents in Charleston and Beaufort County have enrolled their children in the NLJC social training.
Mrs. Kennerty attributes her success as a business woman to her experiences at Clemson University where she held different leadership positions in campus student activities. She was president of the Pan-Hellenic council for women's sororities, and Chairman of the Central Spirit Committee. "One of the most credible things we did as a spirit committee was witness in our committee meetings with the athletic coaches and marketing companies the beginning of the "Tiger Paw" logo." In addition, she served on the President's Council for Student Government. While working on bringing women's sports to Clemson, Mrs. Kennerty had the innate and valuable ability to know how to network with the campus administrators; a skill she prides herself in teaching to the Junior Cotillion Students.
Mrs. Kennerty was a member of many different civic organizations. For many years she was an active member of the Junior League of Winston-Salem, NC, Columbia, SC and Charleston, SC.
Mrs. Kennerty especially enjoys sports such as tennis and golf as well as spending time with her two sons. She currently serves on the Board for the Charleston Natural History Society Audubon Chapter. In addition, she is a mentor for the More To Life Foundation and teaches courses which help participants build self awareness and self esteem.