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Director’s Home

National League of Junior Cotillions
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Chapter

Welcome


2024-2025 SEASON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - LINK 

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Mission


The Mission of the National League of Junior Cotillions is to teach children how to treat

others with dignity and respect for better relationships with family and 

friends, and to teach social dance


About Us


Cotillion in Southwest Florida is offered in partnership with Florida Arts, Inc. and

managed by the Coventry Payne Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 


The Regional Home Campus is located at the

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, Florida 



Benefits of Membership 


The National League of Junior Cotillions, founded by the late Anne Winters in 1979 and

headquartered in North Carolina, is one of the finest character education programs in the country


Cotillion is a three-season program.  Each season builds on the lessons and skills taught the previous year.  

~ Manners in the Home ~ Table Manners ~ Basic Party Courtesies ~ Etiquette in Public Places~

~ Characteristics of a Young Man or Woman of Good Character ~

and much more . . .  


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Early Registration Recommended


Registration opens on February 14th, 2024 

Class size is limited and must balance between the number of girls and boys in the class

We accept 30 boys and 30 boys in Season I.  A second class opens only if a minimum is met

Seasons II and III are open only to students who have successfully completed the previous season 


Classes fill quickly

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis

Registrations are taken online by the national organization and forwarded to the director of the local chapter 

An online deposit of $300 is required with registration  



Acceptance 


Provided the class is open and space is available, students are accepted

 in the order in which their registration was received


Only students whose registration is accompanied by a deposit are considered for acceptance

Deposits are held in a set-aside account until acceptance is confirmed 


To keep the number of students in the class even between boys and girls, 

students are accepted in pairs - one boy and one girl 


The only exception to the Rules of Acceptance is this 

Students who nominate a corresponding registration, for example, a girl nominates a boy or visa-versa,

that student is accepted into the program when their nominee registers wherever they are on the waitlist.  



Membership Fees & Payment Policies


Membership fees must be paid in full by September 15th to attend class 


Out of fairness to those on the waitlist, there are no refunds after acceptance is confirmed


If a class has been filled, or if there is no corresponding registration to balance at the opening

of the season,  deposits are returned to the credit or debit card used



Payment Plans & Sponsorships


Summer payment plans are available


For information on payment plans and the

Sponsorship Seeker Program, contact the director

[email protected]


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACCEPTANCE AND PAYMENT POLICY

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS MOST RECENT REVIEWS




EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE 2024-2025 SEASON

opens on February 14th 



To register, click the registration tab on this site and follow the prompts

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SAVE THE DATE, SHARE YOUR STORY, INVITE A FRIEND


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THURSDAY, MAY 2ND, 2024

  PARENT RECEPTION

 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Downtown Fort Myers

6:15 PM 


An evening reserved for Cotillion Parents to introduce their nominees to the Cotillion program

in Southwest Florida, see the facilities, meet the director and staff, and enjoy an evening out with friends.


Click here to r.s.v.p. 

[email protected]


scroll down for links to additional information 


CONTACT INFORMATION 

LAURIE COVENTRY-PAYNE, DIRECTOR 

DOUGLAS COVENTRY, EVENT MANAGER 

YARAH ALLEY, PROGRAM ASSISTANT 

COURTNEY MCGIRT, GLT ADVISOR & MANAGER

EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY, COTILLION PHOTOGRAPHERS

JULIA WRONA, BOOKKEEPER


LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION 

ACCEPTANCE & PAYMENT POLICIES

ADVISORY BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CPF

CHAPERONE - GUIDELINES

COVENTRY PAYNE FOUNDATION, INC.

CURRICULUM

DRESS CODE - COTILLION STANDARDS 

DRESS CODE - FORMALWEAR - HOW TO BE BEAUTIFUL 

DRESS CODE - SEASON I 

DRESS CODE - SEASON II 

DRESS CODE - SEASON III 

GRADUATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 

HEALTH & SAFETY 

PERSONALIZED MEMORY BOOKS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - 2024-2025

SERVICE LEARNING VERIFICATION FORM 

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

TESTIMONIALS - 2023

VIDEO ON COTILLION -SEASON I

VIDEO ON COTILLION - SEASON II

VIDEO ON COTILLION - SEASON III


Cotillion in Southwest Florida is Magical

Join us! 


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Announcements



Early registration for the 2024-2025 season

OPENS ON FEBRUARY 14TH


SAVE THE DATE 


Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

Parent Reception 


An evening reserved for Cotillion Parents to introduce their nominees to the Cotillion program

in Southwest Florida, see the facilities, meet the director and staff, and enjoy an evening out with friends.


MAKE THIS YOUR PARTY

host a full table at the parent orientation on Thursday, may 2nd - byob 


REFER A NEW SEASON I STUDENT AND RECEIVE A 5% DISCOUNT

ON YOUR CHILD'S MEMBERSHIP FEES IF YOUR NOMINEE REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE MAY 2ND 



About Director

Laurie Coventry Payne, director of the National League of Junior Cotillions Southwest Florida, opened her first chapter in 2004.  Since then, 4000+ students have registered representing six counties and fifty-two schools in Southwest Florida. 

Miss Laurie was a professional classical dancer in Europe.  Upon retirement, Miss Laurie earned her master's degree in environmental science. She worked for several years as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University before becoming the executive director of a non-profit Foundation. The Foundation manages, supports, and sustains programs for students that encourage creativity, build character, and strengthen community.  NLJC is the Foundation's largest program. 

Miss Laurie to her husband of thirty-five years. She has five grown children, three grandchildren, and a golden retriever named Pony. 

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Laurie Coventry Payne, M.S.

[email protected]

(941) 855-0777 

if there is no answer, leave a message