Teens in Tyler will soon have an opportunity to participate in cotillion. The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to reestablish its national program in Smith County.

“We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion," says Charles Winters, President of the NLJC.

The organization currently has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 30 states. 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.

In addition students are instructed on the 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.

Winters states, “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.”

Applications or nominations for cotillion director are currently being received. For
additional information call 1-800-633-7947, visit their website, NLJC.com, or send an email to cotillions@nljc.com.

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.