The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC) is a program of etiquette, character education, and social dance training for middle school students. The purpose of the NLJC program is to give students instruction and practice in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them.
Kathleen Geneva, Director of the West Prince William and Fauquier County Chapters, was given the opportunity to set this example during her recent visit to the White House. She always tells her students “You never know when you could be invited to “The White House” or some place super fancy when your manners matter most!” Kathleen is so grateful to have been included in such an experience during the glorious holiday season. Being prepared for any social situation is so important.
Kathleen highlights how she “noticed so many social graces occurring with the guests and overall courtesy and kindness! I felt honored to be an American and enjoyed meeting new people.”
“Entering into the Spirit of the Party!” is a huge part of the Junior Cotillion program. Students are taught how to apply this in a social situation. We are grateful for the opportunity she was given and excited for her to share the experience with her students.
The organization currently has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 30 states. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “This program is making a positive impact on students across the nation and we are delighted to know that more young people in this area will have the opportunity for this vital training.”
The purpose of the NLJC program is to give students instruction and practice in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them. Students actively learn courtesies through a creative method employing role playing, skits, and games. Standard ballroom and line dancing is taught using nationally approved top 40 music.
In addition to the usual courtesies connected with dancing and etiquette, character instruction is also provided regarding the following: honor, respect, ethics, sportsmanship, acknowledgments of gifts, behavior at cultural and civic events, correspondence, inter-action in groups, introductions, paying and receiving compliments, receiving lines, table manners, instructional dinners, electronic etiquette, cell phone courtesy, and many other areas of social conduct.
The program, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, was established in 1979 and has licensed local cotillions nationwide. The cotillion includes monthly classes plus a Holly Ball and Spring Ball, and five course dinner. Says Winters, “The program has met with equal success in metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Orlando, Minneapolis, Houston, and in small communities across the country. We believe it will be an important addition to the training of young people in this area.”
Did you know that Kathleen writes for Lifestyles sometimes? Check out her article on social media manners here!