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Director’s Home

National League of Junior Cotillions
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Chapter

Welcome


NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS 

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Chapter


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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 

Click on the topic below to access additional information 

Advisory Board 

Dress Code Season I 

Dress Code Season II

Dress Code Season III

Photo Policy

Standards of Conduct

Testimonials 


CONTACT INFORMATION 

Laurie Coventry Payne, Director

Douglas Coventry,  Event Manager 

Courtney McGirt, GLT Advisor

David Meardon, Photographer

Julia Wrona, Accounting 



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.   


TESTIMONIALS 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

BEST MANNERED TEACHER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - THE PANDEMIC YEARS 2020-2022

nominated by members of NLJC, SWFL 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ENTIRE LIST AND BE SURE TO CONGRATULATE YOUR TEACHER




Registration 2022-2023

NOW OPEN 

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

    Pre-Cotillion     $135

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. 

[email protected] 

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.

[email protected] 

To register, click the registration tab to the left. 


ACCEPTANCE 

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

Cotillion follows Lee County School Board's lead using the C.D.C.’s Covid-19 County Check Tool to assess whether there is low, moderate, substantial or high transmission. If there is substantial or high transmission in a county, masks are required in indoor public spaces. If there is low or moderate transmission, masks can come off.  Link:  https://www.evernote.com/l/AGsVnGLtXcBH5orJae7h6iJjV_u-G4rSz7U


For further information 

Click on the topic below to access additional information 

Advisory Board 

Dress Code Season I 

Dress Code Season II

Dress Code Season III

Information for Season I Parents 

Information for Season II Parents 

Information for Season III Parents 

Schedule of Events 

Photo Policy

Standards of Conduct

Testimonials 


CONTACT INFORMATION 

Laurie Coventry Payne, Director

Douglas Coventry,  Event Manager 

Courtney McGirt, GLT Advisor

David Meardon, Photographer

Julia Wrona, Accounting 


Cotillion in Southwest Florida is magical

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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


Announcements



Spread the word 

Advance registration for the 2023 - 2024 Season opens in January, 2023

Classes fill quickly  


About Director

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.

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Laurie Coventry Payne, M.S.

[email protected]

(941) 855-0777