National League of Junior Cotillions West Austin Chapter


The National League of Junior Cotillions West Austin Chapter is a life skills, etiquette, and social dance training program for middle school ladies and gentleman in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Austin, Texas. In a nutshell, we promote good manners and teach useful skills that are relevant to today's teen lives, while 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, and making other around you feel the same way in every social situation.

The Cotillion season runs from September through March and consists of six classes and the annual Black and White Ball. Classes are held on Sundays and are divided by grade level, with a balanced number of boys and girls in each class. The West Austin Chapter classes are held at the Hyatt Regency Austin.The maximum number of students per class is 50 and classes are filled on a first come, first served 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 is all inclusive and includes:
         - Six 1.5 hour classes
         - Etiquette, life skills, and dance training
         - NLJC student booklet and reference guide
         - Refreshments during class
         - Invitation to the Black and White Ball

Tuition Rates:

6th grade: $315
7th and 8th grade: $345*
* 7th and 8th grade tuition includes a 5-course formal instructional dinner at the Black and White Ball 

Payment Schedule:

Deposit: $50 due to secure your child's spot                                                                         

Full payment: Full payment is due by July 31, 2015

For more information, please visit our local chapter website at:


Class Updates/Announcements

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 - 2016 West Austin Chapter Junior Cotillions season is now open! Please visit the "Chapter Schedule" section for more information about this coming season's classes/dances and the Black and White Ball. An informational Parent Reception will be held on Thursday, May 7th from 7:30 - 8:15pm at Lakeway Resort & Spa.

The RSVP date for the 2015-2016 West Austin Chapter season is July 31, 2015. Please email us at if you have any questions. Looking forward to a fabulous season!


About the Director

Director Alexandra Gandara has been involved with the National League of Junior Cotillions Travis County for over 12 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, Ms. Gandara was invited to be a student assistant and worked with NLJC throughout her high school years. Upon high school graduation, Ms. Gandara 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, and she specializes in drill team directing.  "I'm  honored to be the new director for Travis County and looks forward to continuing working with all of her wonderful students and parents," she said.  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.