St. Charles junior cotillion director named

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July 08, 2009 at 11:36 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

St. Charles junior cotillion director named
The National League of Junior Cotillions has announced the appointment of Stacey Smith as the Director for the NLJC's St. Charles Parish Chapter.

The National League of Junior Cotillions program, which features character education, etiquette, and social dance training for sixth through eighth grade students, includes five classes and two balls over an eight month period.

The purpose of the National League of Junior Cotillions program is to give students instruction in ballroom dance and practice in the social courtesies needed for better relationships with their family and friends. Students actively learn life skills through a creative method employing role-playing, skits and games.

The social behavior component ranges from rules of conversation to formal and informal table manners.

In addition to the usual courtesies connected with dancing, etiquette instruction is also provided with regards to the following: acknowledgment of gifts, behavior at cultural and civic events, correspondence, interaction in groups, introductions, paying and receiving compliments, receiving lines, sportsmanship and sports etiquette, instructional dinners, telephone courtesy, and many other areas of social conduct.

The National League of Junior Cotillions setting will encourage children to be comfortable together, to make new friends and to enjoy themselves. Communication skills learned by young ladies and gentlemen in a peer group setting provide graduating students with increased confidence and poise in social situations.

Smith attained a bachelor of science in management and society from UNC Chapel Hill and is currently employed as a tennis professional at the Country Club of Louisiana.

In her hometown of Asheville, N.C. she worked with the NLJC program as an assistant to the director for two years.

Her husband, Christopher, is a LSU graduate with a bachelor of science in speech communications. He is also a former delegate and counselor of Louisiana Youth Seminar. They have three children and attend St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

The National League of Junior Cotillions is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., where the program was established in 1979.

There are now over 400 chapters in 33 states across the country, involving thousands of students.

Executive Director Anne Colvin Winters said, “We are delighted to see cotillion training establish in the St. Charles Parish area. It will have a great impact on the self-esteem and social development of young people across the nation.”

If you would like to know more about the program, please call Stacey at 225.673.2078, the national headquarters at 1.800.633.7947, or visit

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