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High Altitude Society: VSSA Cotillion has a well-mannered graduation dinner at La Tour in Vail

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society

On Tuesday, during a warm, sunny afternoon, La Tour Restaurant in Vail came alive with the happy sound of fifth graders dining, chatting and dancing during their cotillion graduation celebration.

Under the tutelage of Colin Meiring, artistic director for Vail Performing Arts Academy and a well-known dancer in the valley, the 20 fifth graders enjoyed themselves while using their best manners and etiquette. All of the boys rose when a female classmate excused herself from the table, napkins stayed in the students’ laps while seated and utensils were utilized in their proper order.

Proprietor of La Tour Restaurant, Lourdes Ferzacca, was thrilled to host the class for their event.

“We have held the VSSA cotillion graduation for several years. I always enjoy it. I love Colin and the kids are so sweet. I appreciate anything to do with the arts. Dancing and music are great for the kids. Of course, learning manners is important as well,” she said.

Ferzacca was pleasantly surprised by student-athlete Luke Campanale for his politeness when he made a request during the third course. “Would it be too much trouble to ask for a little extra sauce? It is so good,” Campanale asked. Ferzacca was happy to oblige when presented with such polite manners and generously served the beurre blanc to accompany the crispy panko chicken paillard, creme fraiche potato puree, asparagus, and capers.

Colin Meiring has been teaching cotillion classes as an enrichment offered through Vail Performing Arts Academy in the area for years. He sees a special place for these life skills with the VSSA student-athletes because of their potential for world travel with their competitions.

“You may go places with your sport and we want you to be on your best behavior when you represent the United States on the international travel circuit,” Meiring said.

VSSA at a Glance

Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) is a public school that allows serious winter sports athletes the opportunity of world-class training and competition in their sport at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) in a challenging, college-preparatory academic environment. All VSSA students must be admitted as full-time athletes to SSCV as a prerequisite to attending the school. A large number of student-athletes compete on a national and/or international level, which entails extensive travel during the traditional school year. VSSA is specifically tailored to deliver its curriculum to a student body that can be spread across the globe.

For more information about the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy please visit their website at http://www.eagleschools.net, and to learn more about cotillion classes and performing arts with Colin Meiring please visit Vail Performing Arts Academy at http://www.vpaa.org.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com


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