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Cotillion

PVIS Cotillion 2017 – 2018

Attention Parents of Incoming PVIS 6th Graders

Have you been hearing about Cotillion but don’t know what it is?

Cotillion, a decades-old tradition in Palos Verdes intermediate schools, is an excellent opportunity for your children to learn many basic dance steps and to have instruction on manners and etiquette.

 

Each of the eight themed evenings is treated as a dressy dance with decorations, refreshments, and music.  The dances are directed by a nationally known instructor, Mr. Bobby Burgess and his team.  In addition to the instruction and manners portion of the evening, there are dance and costume contests, raffles, and games.  The dates and themes are still to be determined for next year, but the dance parties are usually held one Friday evening a month from September to April.  Each grade level meets at a different time (6th grade is from 4:45 to 6:30pm).

 

The Cotillions at the intermediate schools prepare the students to participate in the Palos Verdes Assembly at the high school level.  Assembly is a four-year program that includes community service with dance and etiquette instruction in formal dances, dinners, and teas, culminating in a senior presentation ball.  Students may achieve President’s Volunteer Service Awards which are based on their service hours.  Enrollment in Assembly is predicated on participation in Cotillion.

 

To assure an equal number of boys and girls at each grade level, Cotillion suggests that a boy and a girl from the same grade apply together as a pair.  (Pairs will be accepted into the program ahead of single applicants.)  Pairing is for registration purposes only, not for dance partnering.  If you cannot find an application partner, please apply anyway, as single applicants will be matched up after we process pairs.  We can only accept 200 students per grade, so please apply early.

 

Cotillion applications will be available in May 2017 on the PVIS Home Page under Cotillion 2017-2018 and will be available in the on-line PVIS registration packet.  (Note to parents of students attending Ridgecrest and Miraleste:  Cotillion is available at those schools as well, taught by the same dance instructors.)  To join PVIS Cotillion, children must be PVIS students and partners must be in the same grade.

 

For further information or if you are interested in becoming part of the all-volunteer PVIS Cotillion Board, please contact Carolyn Carpenter, co-Chair, at CarolynCarpenter14@gmail.com or pviscotillion@gmail.com .

 

PVIS Cotillion – Myths and Facts
Myth #1: Cotillion students are allowed 2 excused absences each year.

Fact: Attendance is expected at all dances. Students are to make their best effort to attend all dances so as to maintain the balance of male to female students and to advance their dance and etiquette instruction. No absence is “excused”. By writing a letter of regret, the student strives to remain in good standing with PVIS Cotillion. Missing more than 2 dances may affect a student’s acceptance into Cotillion the following year. This is the same standard that is applied to Assembly students. Cotillion attendance is the number one factor considered by Assembly when determining which students to accept. ......................................................................................................................................................................

Myth #2: Cotillion is like a school dance/party and dress length does not matter.

Fact: Cotillion is not the same as a school dance. It is an enrichment class held on the PVIS campus. The dress code is in place to maintain a modest environment. During the evening, students spend time sitting on benches across the room from each other. Short or tight dresses make it difficult for girls to sit or dance without showing their undergarments. Additionally, the girls spend the entire evening dancing which includes raising their arms and twirling, making their dresses even shorter. Girls should keep this in mind when dressing for the evening. Dress code violations have kept students from being accepted into PV Assembly. ......................................................................................................................................................................

Myth #3: It’s OK to have a short dress if I wear booty shorts underneath.

Fact: Booty shorts do not make a short dress acceptable. Girls wearing short dresses will be asked to wear gym shorts or call home for a replacement dress.

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Myth #4: Theme/Costume dances do not have a dress code.

Fact: The basic dress code tenet of modest attire applies to all Cotillion dances. This may mean your child cannot wear the same outfit they plan to wear for Halloween. Dresses/shorts should not be short, necklines should not be revealing, undergarments should not be showing, clothing should not be torn or have holes that reveal skin. Additionally, simply wearing jeans and hoodies does not qualify as an appropriate costume. There needs to be a theme/character otherwise the student should wear standard semi-formal attire. Gory, extremely scary or inappropriate costumes will not be admitted. ......................................................................................................................................................................

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Myth #5: If a sibling is/was in Assembly or a parent is an Assembly Patroness, a student will automatically be accepted into PV Assembly.

Fact: “Legacy” students, or those who have/had siblings in Palos Verdes Assembly are evaluated using the same criteria as non-“Legacy” students. If a “Legacy” student misses dances or has dress code or behavior violations, his/her acceptance into Assembly may be denied. Acceptance is dependent upon each student’s qualifications and the number of applications received in any given year.