VAIL - Jon D. Williams Cotillions teach far more than the foxtrot. The Denver-based company has been around for 62 years and will lead classes in Eagle County for the second year in a row beginning Nov. 13.
Throughout its history, Jon D. Williams Cotillions estimates that it has instructed more than 250,000 students around the country. The company instructs at all age levels, from pre-teen and high school to colleges and corporations. Today, with a rapidly growing number of displays of insolence and incivility, good manners seem to be losing ground.
"We are influenced by individuals who have high-profile positions, those who quite often exhibit bad behavior," said company president Jon Williams. "For our children, our heroes should set positive examples that demonstrate kindness, respect and consideration."
The programs are designed to instruct children in life skills that will help them succeed now, and for the rest of their lives. Students gain a sense of confidence and self worth as they learn the importance of courtesy and respect.
The cotillion experience continues to evolve beyond mere punch and cookies. The company annually updates its curriculum. Innovative activities, up-to-date dances and engaging instructors bring depth to the cotillion experience - tools that will last a lifetime. No longer just a luxury for the upper class, JDW donates more than $80,000 in cotillion scholarships annually and offers programs for at risk children adhering to a philosophy that social skills are not only for the privileged.
Child psychologist and parent Janna Briggs said, "It is the perfect combination of social education, common courtesy, etiquette, character building and fun. The instructors represent excellent role models while striving to create an accepting and comfortable atmosphere for kids to grow socially. Now that all three of my children have participated in the program at different levels, I am a huge supporter. It's the best investment a parent can make."
Local Chairwoman, Mary Boyd, and her committee, work hard with fellow parents to ensure the Eagle Valley Cotillion becomes a tradition in the community. Classes will begin Nov. 13 at the Brush Creek Pavilion. Classes fill up quickly and registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. For more detailed information and registration visit www.cotillion.com.