Cotillion expansion includes Creek County

The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education, and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, has announced plans to establish its national program in Creek County.

Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC National Director said, “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive training and an exclusive territory for expansion.”  The organization currently has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.  

“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,” Winters said.

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:  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 instructional three, five, and seven course dinners.  

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 is an important addition to the training of young people.”

The mission statement of the organization proclaims the goals, "To act and learn to treat others with honor, dignity and respect for better relationships with family, friends, and associates and to learn and practice ballroom dancing."

Applications or nominations for cotillion director are currently being received.  For additional information call 1-800-633-7947, visit our award winning website at, or email to