Tarborough Junior Cotillion
Reminds me of Madame Duval's dancing classes in Middleburg, Virginia.
Cotillion members dancing at the Holly Ball
TARBORO – The Tarborough Junior Cotillion is taking a French word from yesterday and making it a common word for today.
“In the seventeenth century, King Louis XIV hosted lavish garden parties at his French chateau. His guests would often walk through the grass, pick the flowers and wade in the fountains. Since the guests didn’t have gardens at their homes, they were unsure of how to behave. The King placed little signs reading, ‘Keep on the paths’ and ‘Please don’t litter’ around his chateau to give the guests an idea of what to do when attending his parties,” said Laura Ashley Lamm, executive director.
“The French word for ‘little signs’ is etiquette and centuries later the rules of etiquette still guide us in what we should do in unfamiliar situations.”
The Tarborough Junior Cotillion is taking etiquette lessons that are useful for today and teaching them to young adults in the Twin Counties as they learn to dance socially. The TJC will begin its third season on October 29 and children in grades fifth through seventh are invited to participate in this unique social education experience.
The purpose of each session is to provide youth with both memories and instruction of proper etiquette techniques and social graces. Cotillion sessions will consist of lessons in basic etiquette through the use of ballroom dancing during seven hour-and-a-half sessions. Sessions are held one Saturday evening a month from 5 – 6: 30 p.m. at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tarboro.