Dear Capital Cotillion Parents,
Welcome to Capital Cotillion. Its time to find your childs jacket, tie, dress and dancing shoes! Our first dance will be Friday, the 27th of September, and we look forward to welcoming your children. The first dance is dedicated to establishing a routine for the students, as well as learning dance and etiquette; therefore we regret that we are not able to accept guests at our first dance.
All students will enter the building through the main entrance of Stone Hall.. They will exit however, at the back of the ballroom and be escorted back to the main entrance of Stone Hall where parents may pick them up.
Please review Important Parent Information enclosed in your invitation. In particular, we would like to emphasize the dress code and guest policy described on the back of the invitation. We request that you impress upon your child the importance of wearing appropriate attire so that we will not have to address this with your child at the dance. Once again, we will focus on the dress code as a learning experience that teaches the appreciation of appropriate dress in certain social settings. In addition students will understand that they are respecting others when they comply. Boys need long pants, dress shoes not rubber soled shoes or sneakers. Revealing tops, short hemlines and leggings are unacceptable in this situation for girls.
Students enjoy the evening when they participate with their friends. The enthusiasm is enhanced when parents organize dinners prior to, or a sleep-over after the dances. We will be happy to provide one parent from each school with a class list to assist in organizing these events. We encourage and support these activities; however we ask that you be mindful of the start time of the dance. A late arrival can be very uncomfortable for your child.
We are happy to have parents observe the class. However, we request that parents allow their child to enter the class independently. When all students have entered the ballroom and are seated, parents will then be invited in.
Our mission at Capital Cotillion is to teach RESPECT and we introduce the importance of this in every etiquette class. Our first etiquette class will also cover introductions to prepare students for the receiving line they will encounter each month as they enter the ballroom.
Mr. Rye, our dance instructor, will teach the waltz, a basic dance step that will be the foundation for future, more sophisticated dance instruction. As is customary, our evening will end with a lively, contemporary line dance.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday the 27th!
Michele Patrick and Kristie McGehee