Although enrollment in the program decreased following the outbreak of the coronavirus, many students still participate in cotillion. Enforcing new health regulations and safety restrictions to keep the students safe is no easy task. New measures to keep cotillion members safe during the global pandemic include mandatory masks, social distancing during dances, sanitizing hands upon entry and exit, and changing the dance curriculum itself. Junior assistants are crucial to the implementation of these safety restrictions.
Cotillion teaches middle schoolers the social arts. With constant focus on technology and a fear of missing out among this young generation, we at JAC are doing everything we can to help our students escape the social, emotional, and technological pressures that are so apparent these days by bringing them one-on-one with each other and teaching them social graces.
The 73rd Holly Balls for Junior Assembly Cotillion were held Dec. 1-3, 2017, at The Woman's Club. Mothers and fathers attended to enjoy the festivities and dance with their son or daughter.
Junior Assembly Cotillion was featured on BBC’s history/travel documentary series called “Great American Railroad Journeys” in February 2016. Host and former politician Michael Portillo uses 1879 Appleton’s guide book as his catalyst to explore the country today and discover more about its 19th and 20th century past. We were thrilled that Boundless Productions invited us to be included in his adventures. JAC is featured at the end of the program – 28:43 to 32:18.
Liz Williams and Katherine Byer, the Co-Founders of Junior Assembly Cotillion, are excited to celebrate JAC’s 70th Year. Junior Assembly Cotillion offers a fun, social, and safe community where sixth through ninth graders can learn how to handle themselves in social situations.
The Junior Assembly Cotillion, founded in 1920, is in its 70th season of teaching Richmond-area youth how to dance everything from the jitterbug to the tango with grace and etiquette.
Social graces—and the confidence that comes with them—are instilled in hundreds of Richmond-area 6th through 9th graders each weekend during the season of the Junior Assembly Cotillion, the oldest organization of its kind in the state, where children gather to learn dancing, etiquette and more. The cotillion will wrap its 70th season this year, culminating in the annual Cupid’s Ball Feb. 8.