National League of Junior Cotillions
Emerald Coast Chapter
The Emerald Coast Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions was founded in 2015 to share the mission of the NLJC of learning to treat others with honor, dignity, and respect. We also emphasize the social impact of honesty, respect, and consideration. The program features instruction in Character Education, Dining Etiquette, Modern Manners, and Ballroom Dance.
The Junior Cotillion Program is designed to give young people instruction and practice in modern etiquette and social dance. Social and character education components of the program include: Proper Telephone Courtesy, Introductions, Receiving Lines, Polite conversations, First impressions, Dress Code for all occasions, Manners in the Home and in Public, Table Manners, Formal Place Settings, Sports Etiquette and many other areas of social behavior. Dance instruction includes steps in the Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Cha-Cha and current line dances. Classes for Junior Cotillion are Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 Premiere.
The High School Cotillion Program features building upon the Junior Cotillion Curriculum of Etiquette and Social dance but also preparing these 10th-12th Grade students for College and/or the World of Work. The curriculum focuses on personality assessment, career planning, goal setting, resume writing, interview, banking and budgeting, professional panel luncheon, and a cultural event.
All classes for the 2020-2021 Season are full and Registration is currently closed. Registration for Legacy Students will be open for a designated time in February. Registration for New Students for the 2021-2022 Season will open online on April 15th, 2021.
COVID-19 update: In accordance to CDC guidelines and the standards set forth by our venue, students, student assistants and chaperones will be asked to have their temperature taken upon arrival at any cotillion event as well as wearing a mask. Social Distancing guidelines will also be observed. Cotillion classes can still be taught effectively and in a fun manner even with these new health guidelines. Changes may vary from month to month depending on State & County Guidelines. Showing respect is one of the key characteristics of the Cotillion program so one of the greatest ways we can show respect for each other during this time is to follow the CDC guidelines for good health and safety of all involved.
All regular classes are held at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL
Please contact Joan Freeman, Director of the Emerald Coast Chapter at [email protected] if you would like your son or daughter to receive an invitation.
Dress Code: Gentlemen-Navy Blazer, long sleeve dress shirt, khaki pants, necktie or bowtie, brown or cordovan dress shoes.
Ladies- Sunday-Style dress or shirt and blouse that approaches the knee, dress closed toe shoes, short white gloves & phone in purse or wristlet.
Junior Cotillion Year 1 (6th and 7th grade students who are brand new to cotillion). Tuition for Year I is $340.00.
Junior Cotillion Year 2 (7th graders who have completed Year 1 Cotillion and 8th graders brand new to cotillion). Tuition for Year 2 is $380.00.
Junior Cotillion Year 3 Premiere (8th & 9th Graders who have completed Year 2 Cotillion and any brand new 9th graders). Tuition of the Year 3 Premiere is $410.00
High School Cotillion (10-12th grade students) Tuition for the High School Program is $430.00.
Parents are required to pay a 1/2 tuition or full tuition at the time of registration. Final tuition payments are due by Aug. 30, 2020 for Year 1/2 and Sept. 15 for Premiere/High School. All payments must must be received within 5 business days for your student to be placed on the roster. You may pay online via PayPal (3.25% handling charge) or by check made payable to: NLJC Emerald Coast Chapter, P.O. Box. 775, Niceville, FL. 32588-0775. Feel free to email me at [email protected] or call me with any questions at 850-974-8537.
There will be NO refunds except in the following cases:
1. Moving out of the area
2. Serious family illness
3. Unable to provide the cotillion program due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The above circumstances are set in fairness to students who are placed on the waiting list.
All classes for middle school students and 9th graders will be held at the Student Services Center of NWFSC. All classes for high school students will be held at the Northwest Florida State College. Special topic classes and formal balls will be held at other locations.
Joan Freeman is a graduate of Auburn University and Troy University with degrees in Secondary Education. She is a former high school social studies teacher in Okaloosa County, FL and Fairfax County, VA. She is an active member of Crosspoint United Methodist Church in Niceville where she enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir and serving as a Mentor Mom for the MOPS Ministry. She served on the Capital Campaign Committee for the building and construction of the Eagle Ram Tennis Center which is now shared by Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School.
She is married to Lt. Col (ret) , USAF, Paul J. Freeman and they are the parents of twin daughters , Julia and Meredith, who are Juniors at Florida State University and members of the FSU Marching Chiefs Band. She is also the proud owner of a 13-year-old Yorkie, named, Audrey (after Audrey Hepburn). In her leisure time, she enjoys ballroom dancing with her husband, power walking the neighborhood, swimming, bike riding, playing tennis, and volunteering in church and community activities. Her newest activity is paddle boarding!
She was selected by the National League of Junior Cotillions Convention in Atlanta as hosting the "Best Parent Reception of 2015." She was also honored to receive the "2018 Ambassador Award" from the National League of Junior Cotillions. Mrs. Freeman loves teaching and providing all the programs that the National League of Junior Cotillions offers to students on the Emerald Coast. Being confident in Social Etiquette is vital to success in so many ways for all future endeavors. The skills acquired through Social Dance also provide the poise and self-confidence that will benefit students in many of the wonderful social situations they will enjoy in the future. Good Manners never go out of style!!!