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Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion to teach social skills, ‘Southern manners’

By The Staff

Registration is now open for the newly created Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion, “an opportunity for modern day teens to take time out of their busy lives to learn social skills and build character by practicing good, Southern manners,” according to event organizers.
Participation in the Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion is open to any sixth through eighth grade public, private or home schooled student. Youth from outside Anderson County are also welcome to register.
The Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion will consist of lessons in etiquette through the use of ballroom and line dancing during two 90-minute lessons. The lessons will be taught by the Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studio of Lexington and are scheduled for Sunday, April 14 and Friday, April 19.
A final dance and parent night is scheduled for Sunday, April 28. Lessons and the final dance and parent night will take place in the multi-purpose room in the Anderson County Middle School. Enrollment in the April 2013 LJC is a non-refundable fee of $75. The fee covers the two lessons, final dance, T-shirt, class picture and more.
Registration is open now and continues through March 5. Space is limited and spots may fill up fast, according to the organization’s press release.  
The LJC Advisory Board includes parents Alicia Dailey, Liz Isaac Holmes, Christy Jane Hurst, Jenny Puckett Kays, Meredith Hyatt Lewis and Tamara Barriger Smith, all raised in Anderson County.
“After numerous conversations with parents whose children have attended cotillions elsewhere, chapter directors within and outside of Kentucky, and speaking to both youth and adults about the lasting impression that their cotillion involvement has made on them, the group found it time to offer one on a local level,” according to the press release.
“As parents, we all have ‘bucket lists’ so to speak of experiences that we want to provide for our kids,” Tamara Barriger Smith said in a press release.
“When I heard such positive feedback from friends that grew up here, but have since moved away, on the benefits that their children had received through cotillion, it got me thinking.
“Past Anderson County High School Graduates like Dusty Wainscott never missed attending a Cotillion Parent Night with his two daughters, Dawn Sunley Scott said that her son loved it and that kids need this type of exposure, and Leigh Burberry Gillies felt certain that her children’s cotillion instruction would be useful now and in the future at dinner parties and job interviews.
“The only issue was that these were all long standing cotillions held out of town in Franklin, Fayette and Jefferson counties. That is when several of us decided that we were going to make it happen right here.
“Like in many other cities and towns, cotillions were created as a social experience geared toward teaching traditional etiquette and dance in a unique learning environment. A multiple-year experience is offered through this progressive program that builds upon the last, adding more knowledge and know-how as the children grow and mature.”
The Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion will focus on life skills including table manners, facilitating conversation, dancing, looking someone eye-to-eye, public speaking and many other tools that help people get along with others, gracefully, according to event organizers.
Whether it is on a routine daily basis, a special event or an unexpected occasion, the mission is to help young teenagers face such situations with comfort and confidence.
For more information, sponsorship opportunities or registration forms, contact any of the advisory board members or call Tamara Smith at 502-418-2863.
Interested individuals may also follow @LBjrcotillion on Twitter and “like” Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion on Facebook to stay informed with announcements, future events and pictures.