Open registration for High Country Cotillion



Article Published: Aug. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Open registration for High Country Cotillion

High Country Cotillion is now accepting applications for its 2010-11 season.

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Registration is under way for the High Country's uniquely entertaining social education program, High Country Cotillion.

During the 2010-11 season, three classes of 5th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade students will meet one Saturday a month at the Broyhill Inn for seven themed party events.

Cotillion director Sharon Carlton explained, "Each cotillion event provides a different, interactive experience to equip students for life. We provide an engaging setting for instruction and application of pertinent social skills that will prepare youth to be confident, respectful young adults wherever they travel, whatever they do."

Classic and contemporary dance instruction is used as a tool to model young lady and young gentleman behavior. Students learn to present themselves well (eye contact, handshakes, introduction skills, etc), to converse with their peers and with adults (both socially and interview situations), to use common courtesies, dining etiquette and to use today's social technology (telephones, cell phones, texting, and internet forums) with respect and safety. Older students participate in a three course dinner dance.

High Country Cotillion coaches students to cope and to excel where they are today and where they are headed tomorrow. Students learn to present themselves well, to converse with their peers and with adults appropriately, to use today's social technology (telephones, cell phones, texting, and internet forums) respectfully and safely, and to conduct themselves courteously in common, current social situations.

Students are instructed in dining etiquette at the finale three-course dinner party. The HCC Cotillion Leaders (ASU and high school students) share personal stories and teach lessons with skits, role-playing and games.

Events include the "Harvest Hoedown" contra dance, a "Tacky Prom," the "Rock Around the Clock Sock Hop" and the "Mountain Masquerade," where students will dress the way they think they will be in 15 years.

"Our classes speak today's language and students 'get it!' More and more students and parents approach me with stories of how using 'cotillion manners' is making a positive difference in their lives," Carlton said.

For more information about High Country Cotillion, visit http://www.highcountrycotillion.com, or call Sharon Carlton at (828) 297-3133

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