The National League of Junior Cotillions, Golden Isles Chapter, held its first dances of the season on Nov. 3, for Sunday classes, and Nov. 5, for Tuesday classes, at Sea Palms Resort.

“We are excited about the upcoming cotillion season, and the wonderful response we have had from parents,” said chapter director Brooke Parmelee.

The National League of Junior Cotillions program features etiquette, character education, and social dance training for fifth through eighth grade students. The program includes five classes and one ball over a six-month period.

The purpose of the National League of Junior Cotillions program is to give students instruction in ballroom dance and practice in the social courtesies needed for better relationships with family and friends. Students actively learn life skills through a creative method including role-playing, skits and games.

The social behavior component ranges from rules and conversation to formal and informal table manners. Among other topics will be posture, receiving lines, electronic etiquette, and the proper way to get into coats and through doors. Students will also be introduced to such areas as responding to invitations, writing thank you letters, paying and receiving compliments and sportsmanship.

“Our objective is to teach the lifestyles that will enable students to learn and treat others with honor, dignity, and respect for better relationships with family, friends and associates,” said national director Charles Winters.

Headquarters for the National League of Junior Cotillions is in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the program was established in 1979. There are now chapters all across the country involving thousands of students.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please visit our website www.nljc.com/chapter/goldenislesga.com or email brooke-james.parmelee@nljc.com.