"Where Manners Still Matter"

What is your plan due to COVID-19?

Junior Assembly Cotillion has always put our students first.  JAC has a 75 year history of creating a safe place for our students to learn and grow through the art of dance and social graces.  We will continue our same philosophy and use our creativity to modify and change with the needs of these unprecedented times as we enter our 76th season.

In response to COVID-19, we have implemented new policies to ensure our families that our JAC team will make every necessary change to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.

What we are doing…

  • JAC, its staff, and all of our and junior assistants will abide by the most current CDC guidelines, as well as existing executive orders issued by the Governor of Virginia, in place during the course of the 2020 season;
  • Each member of JAC’s staff, and all of our junior assistants will have his/her temperature taken before being allowed in any of our rental venues
  • JAC staff, junior assistants and volunteers will be required to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose at all times inside our venues whenever 6 feet distancing from others is not possible;
  • No one other than JAC staff, junior assistants, volunteers and students will be allowed to enter our venues (i.e. – no parents may come in to observe but rather just drop off and pick up students in the carpool line);
  • Upon entry in the building, all participants must use hand sanitizer at the sanitizing station. Hand sanitizer will also be in all 4 corners of the room, in the hall and on the stage for use during any dance;
  • Intermission will not be held in any grade in order to decrease the spread of germs and prohibit face coverings from being removed;
  • Dances will be shortened to 1 hour each in order to give adequate time for carpools to pick up their students after the dance and allow time to sanitize high-touch surfaces and door handles before and after every dance.

What our families and students must do…

  • All parents/guardians must sign the JAC Parent Permission and Liability Waiver and agree to follow the health and safety rules of JAC before their child/ren will be permitted to enter our venues or participate in any JAC event;
  • Students will not be allowed to attend Junior Assembly if they have been sick, or shown any symptoms of COVID-19 (including but not limited to fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pains, loss of taste, or loss of smell), or been exposed within 48 hours of any dance.  Students also will not attend if they have been in contact with any individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or any individual currently waiting for test results confirming the possibility of a COVID-19 diagnosis;
  • Students must wear masks that cover the student’s mouth and nose at all times while inside our venues.  Masks should be washed after each dance.  No inappropriate language or symbols will be allowed on masks. JAC hopes students will use this opportunity to get creative with showing off passions, hobbies, etc. JAC will have extra masks on hand in case anyone forgets.
  • Gloves for girls in all grades this season will be optional due to the need for hand sanitizing before, during and after the dances.

How much does Junior Assembly Cotillion cost?

Cotillion tuition is $290 for all grades and is due at the time of registration (and by the given deadline). Tuition is non-refundable after May 1st.

Where is cotillion held?

We have two locations normally; however, due to changes caused by COVID-19, all of our groups this 2020-21 season will meet at The Woman’s Club located downtown at 211 East Franklin St.

Our hope is that after this season, we will go back to our normal schedule whereby the majority of our groups meet in the far west end at the Fox Hall Clubhouse located at 13550 Causeway Drive. When Fox Hall Clubhouse is used as one of our venues, all groups have their Holly Ball dance at The Woman’s Club.

Click here for more specific driving directions.

Where do I park?

There is a small parking lot adjacent to the Woman’s Club, one on the right side of the Woman’s Club accessible from the alley on 2nd Street just before E. Franklin (and gate facing E. Franklin opens on to sidewalk to Woman’s Club), one across the street as well as ample street parallel parking (most are metered spots – check times) and a large parking deck directly across from The Woman’s Club (hourly parking entrance is accessible at Grace and 2nd Streets).  We do not recommend parking in the flat lot in front of Third Street Diner or diagonally across from it, as we hear it is only for monthly parking and you may be towed.

There is a large parking lot at Fox Hall.

A policeman is on hand to assist at both locations.

Do I need to get in a carpool?

We highly recommend having a cotillion carpool; however, it is certainly optional.  Being in a carpool not only helps our students feel more comfortable coming in a group, but also helps reduce traffic congestion.  Students enjoy grabbing a bite to eat together before or after their scheduled dance.

We do not organize carpools. You would need to contact someone you know who lives nearby or attends your school, as our cotillion groups are organized by schools.  Should you need help, we are happy to provide a list of students attending from your child’s school.

What do students wear?

Check out our Pinterest boards and Facebook page to see what ladies and gentlemen typically wear to dances.  We post pictures from each of our dances on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us there so you will receive notifications when new posts or pictures are made.


What do ladies wear?

ALL DANCES: no bare midriffs or skirts/dresses shorter than fingertip length; shoes with backs required

6th and 7th grade girls normally wear short white gloves to all dances.  However, this year due to the need for hand sanitization, gloves are optional.  Gloves are available for purchase through cotillion, should you choose.

8th and 9th grade girls do not wear gloves.

Semi-formal: short or long party dresses; dressy pants or jumpsuits are acceptable.

6th and 7th: dresses must have strap(s) or a wrap over dress.

8th and 9th: may wear strapless dresses.

Nice casual: appropriate length skirts or pants outfits. NO jeans, tennis shoes or leggings with short tops allowed.

Casual: jeans without holes are acceptable. NO t-shirts, skirts or shorts shorter than finger-tip length. NO leggings with short tops.  Tennis shoes are permitted but discouraged.

COSTUMES:  individual or group appropriate, danceable costumes are permitted for the Halloween themed dance only.  Jeans without holes are permitted.  Appropriate means nothing shorter than finger tip length, no bare midriffs, no inappropriate language on attire. NO MASKS.

What do gentlemen wear?

ALL DANCES:  shirttails must be tucked in.

Semi-formal: blazer/sports coat/suit, dress shirt, slacks, tie and dress shoes.

Nice casual: slacks and collared shirts; NO jeans or tennis shoes.

Casual: jeans without holes are acceptable; NO t-shirts. Tennis shoes are permitted.

COSTUMES: individual or group appropriate, danceable costumes are permitted for the Halloween themed dance only.  Jeans without holes are permitted.  Appropriate means nothing shorter than finger tip length, no bare midriffs, no inappropriate language on attire. NO MASKS.

What does the theme for a particular dance mean?

Themes are generally intended for music purposes at our dances. However, students are welcome to add themed accessories to their attire, should they choose. Individual or group appropriate, danceable costumes are permitted for the Halloween themed dance only.  NO MASKS. *See questions above for specific attire for this dance.*

What do parents wear when observing or greeting?

*for the 2020-21 season, due to COVID-19 and state mandates on venue capacity and social distancing, parents are unfortunately unable to observe any dances*

We request that parents dress for each dance according to the attire requested for the students. Whether parents are driving carpool, observing or greeting at our dances, dressing in the same attire as the students helps set the right tone and mood for the evening.

What about Holly Ball?

Girls provide their own hand-held, small nosegay. Boys wear a boutonniere. No fresh berries please. Check out our Facebook page or Pinterest Boards for a photo gallery of nosegays and boutonnieres to get ideas.  Normally all parents are invited to dance with their son or daughter at the end of the Holly Ball; however, this year due to COVID-19 and statewide mandates on venue capacity and social distancing, parents will not be able to attend.

In the 6th grade (when parents are permitted), only the parent/relative/friend dancing with his or her child may attend due to fire regulations.

For 7th-9th grade (when parents are permitted), both parents are invited to attend.

When a parent is not available, an adult friend/relative is welcome to stand in. We also have many junior assistants available to serve as dance partners. A junior assistant is a sophomore, junior or senior in high school who has been through all four years of our dance program and is hired to help us at each of our dances.

As part of our long-standing tradition at Holly Ball, students are asked to earn money to bring as a monetary donation for one of the three local Christmas Mother Funds that we support. These monetary contributions enable the Christmas Mother programs to provide new toys, books, clothing and meals to needy families, seniors and disabled adults in our community.

Where do I buy white gloves?

6th and 7th grade girls normally wear short, white gloves for all dances. However, this year due to the need for frequent hand sanitization, gloves are optional.  8th and 9th grader girls do not wear white gloves.

As a convenience to our cotillion families, we sell short white gloves and offer several opportunities to purchase gloves. In addition to selling gloves to fifth grade girl parents at our informational meetings, we  also offer glove sales over the summer.  If you have a child who is registered, you will receive an email in advance of all glove sale dates. If you are still in need of gloves and are unable to make any of our glove sale dates, please email info@juniorassemblycotillion.com.

Who is allowed to observe?


Normally, All parents are welcome to observe the majority of the dances. The only time parent attendance is restricted to one parent is at the Holly Ball (6th grade only). Please do not bring younger siblings to cotillion.

Attire for those observing should be in accordance with attire requested of students that night.

Students may not invite friends who are not cotillion members.

Please do not allow your child to bring a cell phone or gum to cotillion.

Where do I go if my child is missing something he or she brought to cotillion?

There is a lost and found box in the hall at cotillion. Please check the box for missing items. Please label all coats, sweaters, purses, etc. with the child’s name. After a dance, please email us at info@juniorassemblycotillion.com if you are still missing an item.  Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of each cotillion season.

How do I find out about weather cancellations?

We do not automatically cancel events when schools are closed. Cancellations will be announced on our website, via email and on our Facebook page after 12 noon. Please notify your carpools.

What happens if a dance is cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances?

The safety of our students and families is our first priority. If a dance has to be cancelled due to weather or circumstances out of our control, we will make every effort to reschedule the dance(s). However, there are several factors that play into the ability to do so like the availability of our venues. If we are unable to make up a previously scheduled dance, no refunds will be given for the missed dance(s).

What if there is an unequal number of boys and girls at a particular dance?

Our goal has always been to have an equal ratio of boys and girls in each of our groups in order for everyone to have a dance partner. Due to events and absences beyond our control, our numbers may be unbalanced on a particular evening. In order to minimize uneven numbers, we ask that parents honor their child’s commitment to our program.

We always have junior assistant leaders-in-training to help serve as dance partners as needed; however, there may be an evening when we ask parents to dance if our ratio if still off. Parents who observe should keep this in mind as far as their attire and proper shoes for dancing.


How do I enroll my child in cotillion?

We reach families through parent representatives within elementary schools but not from within the school administration itself. We start this process in the fall of a child’s 5th grade year for 6th grade cotillion. The parent representative helps us gather interest among 5th grade students at their school. Invitations to the informational meeting in January for interested 5th grade parents are derived from these interested families or by individual request if space allows. Our goal is to have an equal ratio of boys and girls in each of our groups in order for everyone to have a dance partner. If you are interested in involving your child or a group of students from your child’s school or sports team with Junior Assembly Cotillion, please contact us at info@juniorassemblycotillion.com.

For 7th, 8th and 9th grades, we give priority to currently registered students. An email will be sent to all currently registered students in February of each season regarding re-registration for the next season. If you have an older student who is not currently enrolled in cotillion, please contact Katherine Byer at info@juniorassemblycotillion.com to inquire about placement.

Who do I contact with further questions?

For all grades, please contact info@juniorassemblycotillion.com.