National League of Junior Cotillions
“Cotillion: Empowering Children for a Lifetime of Success”
Children learn confidence and character at the National League of Junior Cotillion Loudoun Chapter, as they learn and practice vital skills such as introductions, etiquette, table manners, social skills, respect and courtesy. Let us add to what you are teaching at home and give your child formalized opportunities for practice of these success-inducing skills in a safe and friendly environment.
PRE-COTILLION – Grades K-4 offers instruction in the areas of basic manners in the home. We reinforce the manners you are already teaching your children such as appearances, introductions, sports manners how to make positive first impression, and table manners including such things as the proper way to eat soup, using a knife and fork. Pre-Cotillion introduces power words, that will instill common courtesies throughout their lifetime – thank you, you’re welcome, yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir, please, may I?, I’m sorry and excuse me. The students will work on building character by learning about respect, integrity, and dignity. Practice makes permanent as our students practice looking people in the eye, smiling, working on impeccable table manners, thank you notes, and using correct manners in public places. Dance instruction will be introduced while learning basic line dance steps. The last class will be a graduation, three course instructional dinner celebration. Certificates and Cotillion medals will be awarded to all graduates.
Dress Code for Pre-Cotillion is Dressy Casual. No gloves are needed for young ladies unless they would like to wear them.
JUNIOR COTILLION (GRADES 5-7)
Our 5th - 7th grade Junior Cotillion Class will master American Style Dining, positive first impressions, netiquette, respect in the home and many other manners and dance skills.
We encourage you to join us as we learn life skills that will enable you or your child to make the most of every opportunity and set them up for success in life. With today’s pressured society, social graces and courtesies still provide the best chances for good relationships and future successes.
Children learn confidence and character at Cotillion, as they learn and practice vital skills such as introductions, etiquette, table manners, social skills, respect and courtesy. Let us add to what you are teaching at home and give your child formalized opportunities for practice of these success-inducing skills in a safe and friendly environment.
DRESS CODES are the same for all Junior Cotillion Programs as follows:
CLASSES (all dates listed below are classes unless otherwise designated) Girls - conservative Sunday dresses or skirts, short white gloves, dress shoes
Boys, Khaki pants, dress shirt, tie, dark sport coat, dress shoes
WINTER BALL: Girls - Knee length or slightly longer (no trains), conservative Holiday dresses, short white gloves, dress shoes
Boys - Khaki pants, dress shirt, tie, dark sport coat, dress shoes
GRAND SPRING BALL - Girls - Modest White Dress (pastel color if you cannot find a white dress and no train please), dress shoes
Boys - Suit or Tuxedo, or Khaki pants, dress shirt, tie, dark sport coat, dress shoes
Free Crash Course in Etiquette and Ballroom Dance -Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in the Ballroom at Belmont CC (for grades 8-12 for those who need a little review and for new students who would like to see what Cotillion is all about) – (7:00 pm-9:00pm) (this Event is Free) Dress is Dressy Casual.
Please join us for a Free Parent Reception to learn about our programs and meet the directors.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:30-8:30pm
Jean Ann Michie, Director of Loudoun's National League of Junior Cotillion, is the mother of seven beautiful children, an etiquette expert, educator, choreographer and dance instructor. Mrs. Michie’s broad range of experience perfectly equips her to teach your child etiquette, honor, respect, introductions, social graces and social dance skills.
Armed with these skills, and a fun, safe place to practice them with their peers, your children will go out into the world better prepared to get that first job or scholarship, make that important first impression, and become all that they were meant to be.
*Accomplished Educator – sought after master class teacher from elementary school to university levels *Etiquette Instructor – Director of the Loudoun Chapter of NLJC *Dance Instructor - George Washington University, James Madison University, public schools at all levels *Manager and Choreographer for James Madison University’s Dancers Company
*M.A. in Arts and Education (Dance Education) from the George Washington University
*B.A. in Dance Education from Brigham Young University
*Professional dancer with Dance Construction Company, Washington, DC
*Sought-after choreographer for local, state and regional companies, theaters
*Director of Loudoun Chapters for NLJC for past 10 years, graduating hundreds of accomplished, informed, well-mannered and successful students from Loudoun County
"NLJC Cotillion program DIRECTOR’S PHILOSOPHY: As an experienced mother, I know that our children must know not only which fork to use at a fancy dinner, but also must know how to conduct themselves in a wide variety of social settings. I encourage you to join us as we teach etiquette, “tricks of the trade,” and tips for success at school, work, parties, teams, and anywhere your child goes in life.
Being a mother has taught me much about the absolute need for manners, grace and integrity. I know that our children must know not only basic table manners, but also they need to practice honor and respect in order to succeed in life. Knowledge and practice are the keys. Cotillion provides a safe and fun place where some real tools for life can be learned and practiced."
Jean Ann Michie