Cotillion group aims to start Clayton chapter

By Maria-Jose Subiria


The National League of Junior Cotillions is searching for a director for a new Clayton County chapter.

"What we have found is that Southern states really support cotillion," said Debbie Roberts, director of marketing for the National League of Junior Cotillions, which is based in Charlotte, N.C. "We were just really expanding in areas where the program wasn't established."

The League of Junior Cotillions aims to impart etiquette, character education and social-dance instruction to middle school and junior high students. Some lessons are taught using role playing, skits and games.

Those interested in directing a chapter must be 21 years old or older, and involved in their community, Roberts said. An individual with a college degree is preferred but not required, she added.

Applications are available at www.nljc.com, or by calling 1-800-633-7947.

According to Roberts, cotillion directors undergo training and review the organization's curriculum, which includes lessons on manners, social graces and ballroom dancing.

"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," said Elizabeth Ann Winters, national director for the League of Junior Cotillions, in a prepared statement.

Roberts said the program is geared toward children in sixth- through eighth-grade.