National League of Junior Cotillions

The opening class for fall 2017 is coming up for the local chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions.

According to a press release from the Polk County chapter, the first class of the season is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Cherokee Golf and Country Club.

"We are excited about the upcoming cotillion season and the wonderful response we have received from parents," said chapter director, Thomas J. Ruff II.

Contact Ruff at 706-936-8075 for more information on how to participate in the upcoming classes.

The National League of Junior Cotillions program features etiquette, character education, and social dance training for fifth through eighth grade students. The program includes five classes and two balls over a seven-month period.

The purpose of the program is to give student instruction in ballroom dance and practice in the social courtesies needed for better relationships with family and friends.

Students actively learn life skills through a creative method including role-playing, skits, and games. The social behavior component ranges from rules of conversation to formal and informal table manners.

Among other topics will be posture, receiving lines, electronic etiquette, and the proper way to get into coats and through doors. Students will also be introduced to such areas as responding to invitations, writing thank you letters, paying and receiving compliments, and sportsmanship.

Elizabeth Anne Winters, the national director for the NLJC, said in the press release that “our objective is to teach the lifestyles that will enable students to learn and treat others with honor, dignity, and respect for better relationships with family, friends, and associates.”