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.
Dress Code for Pre-Cotillion is Dressy Casual. No gloves are needed for young ladies unless they would like to wear them.
When should you enroll your child in Cotillion?
As soon as it is possible and then keep them in Cotillion season after season. It is only through consistant practice that these life changing lessons will become habit.
Would it be worth it to start Cotillion in Junior Cotillion or High School as my child has already missed so much?
It is important to begin immediately because a little Cotillion will go a long way in improving etiquette skills and some is better than none.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL JUNIOR COTILLION CLASSES (grades 5-7) AND BALLS WILL BE HELD AT BELMONT COUNTRY CLUB BEGINNING IN THE FALL OF 2018 AND ARE LISTED UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE ASHBURN CHAPTER.
High School Cotillion Club (grades 9-12), Debutante Program (for young ladies grades 10-12).
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 15 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