National League of Junior Cotillions
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Chapter
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS
Bringing the best of the culture forward into the future
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Seasons I, II, and III
Due to Hurricane Ian, there have been disruptions to the schedule. We learned just recently that we were able to open. I am working with the Art Center and Outside Venues to confirm times and will post them as I know them. There is an event for Seasons II I have to firm up in March. A link to this website and an edited PDF of the complete schedule will be included a the bottom of each REMINDER.
All events are held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center unless otherwise noted
Sunday, October 30th, 2022
Season I Opening Dance 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Season II Opening Dance 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Level I Advanced Workshop 1:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Level I Advanced bring something to eat and drink in between the workshop and Season II
Sunday, November 6th, 2022
Season III - Country Dance - 2:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Sunday, November 13th
Season I - Thanksgiving Dance
Season II - Thanksgiving Dance
Saturday, December 17th, 2022
Season III - Afternoon at the Theatre - 1:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Florida Repertory Theatre Matinee
Followed by Dinner and Holiday Celebration
Twisted Vine Bistro
Sunday, December 18th, 2022
Season I - Annual Holly Ball
Sunday, January 8th, 2023
Season II - Winter Ball 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Preceded by a five-course Instructional Dinner
Club at the Strand, Naples
Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
Season I - Winter Dance
Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Season III - Masquerade Ball
Sunday, February 19th, 2023
Season I - Valentine's Party
Season II - Valentine's Party
Sunday, March 19th, and Monday, March 20th, 2023
Season I - Dip into Dancing
Fathers escort their daughters
Sons escort their mothers
Sunday, March 2023 - To Be Confirmed
Season II Fifties Dance
Babcock Ranch Field House
Sunday, March 26th, 2023
Season III - Twenties Dance
Sunday, April 1st, 2023
Season III - Graduation Ball
Marriott Sanibel Harbor
Sunday, April 23rd, 2023
Season I - Renaissance Festival
and Renaissance Ball
Sunday, April 30th, 2023
Season II - European Ball
Preceded by a Continental Style Tapas Bar
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
REGISTRATION 2022-2023 SEASON
The National League of Junior Cotillions is one of the finest character education programs in the country. The Charlotte Harbor Chapter and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Chapter are managed by the Coventry Payne Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity registered in the State of Florida.
The Mission of the Foundation is to bring the best of the culture forward into the future There is no better way to do this than by giving the youth of Southwest Florida the opportunity to become part of the National League of Junior Cotillions.
Pre-Cotillion serves families with children K - 3rd grade. Pre-Cotillion I opens in the Fall at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. and at the Arcadia Opera House. Times and dates to be announced.
A three-season program, each season builds on the skills taught in the previous year. Season I Junior Cotillion is open to students entering the 6th or 7th grade in the fall. Seasons II and III are open only to those who successfully complete Season I.
Register early and spread the word as there is only a brief two-year window to join Junior Cotillion.
Junior Cotillion runs from October 2022 through April 2023 with two pre-season events in September.
There are five instructional dances (classes) and two balls in Season I where students learn both etiquette and dance. Classes and Balls may run between two and three hours depending on the learning goals and the event. Students are issued Cotillion Challenge Books and assigned exercises between events.
Season II and III events become progressively more involved and may run between two hours to a full half day.
Classes and events are held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers unless otherwise specified in the schedule.
Membership fees are inclusive of classes, balls, challenge books, favors, and prizes.
Season I $495
Season II $595
Season III $650
Payment is made online.
Half the membership fee is paid upon registration. The balance is due by August 30th. Memberships must be paid in full by August 30th to participate. After August 30th, full payment is paid upon registration. Payments are made through PayPal. Contact accounting if you would like to pay online by check using a free bank transfer option.
Once acceptance is confirmed, there are no refunds in fairness to those on the waitlist
The Foundation offers a Sponsorship Seeker Program to help students find sponsors to help with the costs of membership. Use the summer to bring tthe costs of the program down to $0. Contact the director for information.
To register, click the registration tab to the left.
Acceptance into Junior Cotillion is not automatic.
Students are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
The number of students must balance between boys and girls.
Students are accepted into Junior Cotillion in pairs, one boy to one girl.
The only exception to this rule is when a girl nominates a boy or visa versa. As long as the director is notified in advance and the two are registered, the pair are accepted together.
Parents are notified via email when a child is taken off the waitlist. Feel free to contact the director directly by email to learn the status of your child's registration.
Once acceptance is confirmed, there are no refunds in fairness to those on our waitlist. If, on the other hand, the class has been filled or a corresponding registration is not forthcoming, your deposit will be returned via PayPal.
HEALTH & SAFETY
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Cotillion in Southwest Florida is magical
Portrait and Event Photography by David Meardon, Sanibel, Florida
In the event of severe weather, local or national emergencies, or a pandemic,
activities and events may be postponed, rescheduled, or canceled.
There are no refunds once acceptance is confirmed
Spread the word
Advance registration for the 2023 - 2024 Season opens in January, 2023
Classes fill quickly
Laurie Coventry Payne is the director of the National League of Junior Cotillions Southwest Florida. Miss Laurie opened her first chapter in 2004. Since that time, she has taught over 3500 students representing fifty-two schools in Southwest Florida.
Miss Laurie was a professional classical dancer in Europe. Upon retirement, Miss Laurie earned her master's degree in environmental science and worked for several years as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University before becoming the executive director of a non-profit Foundation. The Foundation manages, supports, and sustains programs for students that encourage creativity, develop character, and strengthen community. Her work with Cotillion suits the mission of the Foundation beautifully.
Miss Laurie has been married to her husband, John, for thirty-three years. She has five grown children, three grandchildren, and a golden retriever named Gentle Symphony.
Laurie Coventry Payne, M.S.