Special to The Breeze
The National League of Junior Cotillions plans to expend its program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students into Lee County.
Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC national director, said the first order of business is selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based organization has directors operating chapters in 34 state, said Winters,
"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," she said.
The program has active chapters in Florida, Winter said..
The NLJC program instructs students 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.
Character instruction is also provided regarding 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 all areas of social conduct.
The program was established in 1979.
The cotillion includes monthly classes plus a Holly Ball and Spring Ball, and instructional three-, five-, and seven-course dinners.
"The program has met with equal success in metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Orlando, Minneapolis, Houston, and in small communities across the country," Winters said. "We believe it will be an important addition to the training of young people in this area."
Applications or nominations for cotillion director are being received. Call (800) 633-7947, go to nljc.com, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.