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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 or .