My Daughter Calls Some of These Cotillion Skills "Adulting" | Two Minute Introduction Video
We Teach Junior & Advanced Classes In Middle School from 5th-8th Grade
We believe that learning it young and actually practicing these skills makes a huge difference!
For 7 weeks each semester, in anticipation of a Semi-Formal Dance in week 8, we teach weekly manners and etiquette classes that last an hour-and-a-half each—and we make them fun! They cover a range of topics from social skills like firm handshakes and how to ask someone to dance, to table manners, business interview skills, and basic ballroom & line dance steps. We use wigs and props and games during the lessons; and we make everyone dance with everyone else while constantly rotating during the dance instruction.
Imagine if someone had forced you to practice asking someone to dance all throughout middle school.
Nothing could make you nervous after that!
Junior Cotillion Class
5th & 6th Grade Students
- Appropriate Attire
- First Impressions
- Tying Ties
- Posture (Sitting & Standing)
- Coats & Jackets
- Grooming & Personal Care
- Social Media Etiquette
- Gossip & Bullying
- Holding Doors (When & How)
- Name Tags & Lapel Pins
- Formal Introduction Etiquette
- Refreshment Lines
- Table Manners I
- Place Settings I
Advanced Cotillion Class
7th & 8th Grade Students
- Formalwear Basics
- Receiving Lines
- Tying Bowties
- Corsages & Boutonnières
- Phone & Email Etiquette
- RSVP's & Thank You Notes
- Gift Giving
- Toasts & Remarks
- Interview Etiquette
- Social Graces (Best Practices)
- Developing Character
- Sporting Event Etiquette
- Formal Event Etiquette
- Table Manners II
- Place Settings II
Junior & Advanced Classes cost $280 per student
This fee covers 7 weeks of instruction as well as a semi-formal dance
Check our Pricing page for information on discounts, scholarships, & rebates
We begin each class by practicing polite introductions, followed by weekly professional etiquette instruction. We break for refreshments (cookies and lemonade), where each young man escorts a young woman through the refreshment line.
And we also spend time each class teaching the basic dance steps for current line dances as well as the Fox Trot, the Cha Cha, the Waltz, Swing, and Beach Shag. In partner dances, each boy dances with each girl as we teach in a circle and rotate every few minutes, while instructing from the middle.
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"Being an assistant at Foxglove Cotillion has really changed my view of people and how people view me. Something as simple as greeting someone with a handshake has caught the attention of my family and parents of my friends. It's helped me in job interviews, dinners, and even lunch at school!"
- MEREDITH STOCKTON
Current Student at Rabun Gap High School and Foxglove Cotillion assistant
“Note to Skeptics: I too once stood where you stand. Annoyed, impatient, and undoubtedly convinced that cotillion classes were nothing less than an impractical and colossal waste of time.
However, this was quickly discredited by a healthy dosage of one-parts maturity, and two-parts practical experience.
First time at dinner with the new girlfriend’s parents? Now you won't embarrass her. Cousin’s wedding with a Motown cover band and neglected dance floor? As long as “I Can’t Help Myself” is playing, give them a show!
Take the opportunity your parents are offering and it will (as any wise investment does) turn into something far more beneficial than the original time invested.
My gratitude cannot be adequately expressed in this short testimonial for Mrs. Rhoad and the exceptional experience she made possible.”
Wesleyan School & Georgia Southern alumnus, co-founder & CEO of Southern Bound Clothing
"Cotillion and Mrs. Rhoad's instruction has had a lasting impact on me, and has been a critical reference through some of the most critical points in my life! I have carried her instruction through simple things like first dates and college formals to complex business meetings; giving me the confidence to focus on the task-at-hand rather than which fork to use.
I have no doubt that when my mom forced me to go through her class, it served as an important part of the framework I have leveraged to build fruitful relationships and garnish success in business!"
Twice an entrepreneur and currently a business development specialist with WeCounsel
"After unexpectedly finding myself in the speaker circuit after giving a TED talk in 2012, I needed to find someone who could guide me and teach me how to really thrive in my speaking and presentation as I moved forward. Page was that individual. She sat with me and coached me-- all while being a positive critic and reinforcer of grace. That's the truly wonderful thing about working with Page, she is quick to show you how to leverage your strengths and is ready to walk with you the whole way through until you reach a point of feeling confident, prepared, and ready for what lies ahead."
Nationally acclaimed writer, sought-after-speaker, and author of the memoir, If You Find This Letter, published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"My employment with Mrs. Rhoad's cotillion was a great experience. I was given the opportunity to learn professional etiquette and ballroom dance, then pass that knowledge on to the kids in our classes. It helped me feel prepared and confident for interviews and special dinners. It was great to know the kids we were instructing would have that same confidence."