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 Macon County.
Says Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC National Director, “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion.”
The organization is currently operating hundreds of chapters in 34 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, acknowledgments of gifts, behavior at cultural and civic events, correspondence, interaction 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, N.C., 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.
“We believe it will be an important addition to the training of young people in this area,” said Winters.