We are delighted to introduce you to the NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS™, the nation's only organization that trains and licenses directors to establish local cotillion programs. Few institutions today can claim to have a positive impact on our nation's youth. Certainly we, as parents, are aware of the many influences reaching our children in ways we often feel powerless to control. Through a program that builds self-confidence and character, and helps set boundaries of behavior, the NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS™ offers parents a welcome alternative for their children.
The first chapter of what is now NLJC was established in North Carolina in 1979 and the expansion of the program founded by Charles and Anne Winters began in 1989. Today, thousands of students are being taught etiquette, ethics and social dance in hundreds of cotillion programs presented by chapters in more than 30 states. No other organization has trained so many young people in character and social education.
Here are just a few of the life skills students learn in local chapters of the NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS


  • First impressions
  • Introductions
  • Greeting and shaking hands
  • Paying and receiving compliments
  • Correspondence
  • Telephone manners
  • Family dining
  • Table manners
  • Polite conversation
  • When to rise
  • Doors and coats
  • Sports etiquette
  • Formal dining
  • Party courtesies
  • Hosting a party
  • Receiving lines
  • Eating unusual foods
  • Instructional dinners
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Promise keeping
  • Fidelity
  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Citizenship
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Handling peer pressure
  • Cell Phone Courtesies
  • Phones and Digital Manners at Home
  • Electronic Etiquette at Home, School
    or Office
  • Fax, Copier and Printer Protocol
  • Digital Courtesies in Public Places
  • Parent's Guide to Electronic Etiquette
-Rules associated with the use of web surfing, emails and instant messaging
  • Responsibility
  • Ethicality
  • Consideration
  • Music appreciation
  • Teamwork
  • Timing
  • Coordination
  • Basic dance courtesies
  • Current popular line dances
  • Dance include the Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha Cha Cha, Shag/Swing, Rhumba, and Tango.
The success of NLJC is a direct result of the outstanding individuals who have been selected as chapter Directors. They are licensed and extensively trained in presenting this comprehensive program. To learn how you can help to bring this outstanding program to your community, click on the page
"How to Start a Chapter."

The NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONSTM offers the following programs:

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