Staff bios

Teaching More Than a Movement


Ann B. Cherry

Ann Cherry is the founder and owner of Carolina Junior Cotillions. Her career in dance began long before CJC. As a child, Ann studied classical ballet, and later minored in dance from East Carolina University. Pursuing her dream to share her love of dance with others, Mrs. Cherry founded Carolina Junior Cotillions in 1981. Her Cotillion program began in Kinston and soon expanded to serve Goldsboro, Wilson, Greenville, and Wilmington. Mrs. Cherry currently offers Cotillion for students in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Kinston and Goldsboro. Under Mrs. Cherry’s guidance, Carolina Junior Cotillions strives to incorporate the fun of dance into a structured and fun environment for the youth of today. Mrs. Cherry continues to study with professional dance instructors. In 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Cherry attended the Brigham Young University’s acclaimed Adult Ballroom Dance Camp.

Once Cotillion was established, Mrs. Cherry pursued further education to share with her students. In 1995, Mrs. Cherry attended the Protocol School of Washington®, where she was certified as an Etiquette instructor, specializing in basic dining skills to children, teens, and adults. Mrs. Cherry used this knowledge to create and incorporate educational “Etiquette” moments during her cotillion classes. Later she spun off a new segment of her business to create Carolina Protocol.  These programs are custom designed classes held across North Carolina that share how important these skills are, as well as how important it is to treat others with respect and dignity.

Mrs. Cherry is married to Kinston native Jay Cherry and is the mother of three grown children; Christian married to Johnathan Earp, Jason married to Maggie Rogers, and Courtney married to John Horns.  She also has 3 grandchildren; John Perkins, Ash Earp, and Eleanor Ann. Mrs. Cherry’s family has been very active throughout the years helping with Cotillions and Etiquette Classes.



Susan Andrews

Susan Andrews has been part of the Carolina Junior Cotillions team since the 2007-2008 Cotillion Season.  She attended Cotillion under Mrs. Cherry’s direction and also studied dance for fifteen years in Kinston.  Susan is concerned with the many negative influences confronting today’s young people, and believes that Carolina Junior Cotillions programs provide an ideal way for those students to build self-confidence and leadership skills, all while learning good manners by using proper etiquette.

Susan is a Snow Hill, N.C. native. She graduated from Peace College (Raleigh, N.C.) with an Associate of Arts degree and East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration.

Susan and her two children, Miller and Max, live in Snow Hill.  In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family. She is also active in school and civic organizations and currently leads her son’s scout troop as Den Leader.


Felicia Pressly

Felicia Pressly joined Carolina Junior Cotillions in the 2006-2007 Cotillion Season. She supports Mrs. Cherry with business and office administration and the Goldsboro Cotillion implementation. As a young girl, Mrs. Pressly’s mother encouraged her to “Dance as if no one is watching”; after participating in Cotillion herself, Mrs. Pressly added this to mother’s advice—“But prepare as if the world is your audience!” Mrs. Pressly has worked side-by-side with Mrs. Cherry and the rest of the Carolina Junior Cotillions team to help transform many shy, self-conscious children into confident, mannered teenagers.

Mrs. Pressly worked as a Cotillion Marshal in high school after moving to Kinston from Charleston, S.C. She danced for sixteen years. She graduated from East Carolina University (Greenville, N.C.) with a degree in Child Life.

Mrs. Pressly is married to Kinston native Jim Pressly, and they have recently moved to Atlantic Beach, NC. They have three children, Britney married to Robbie Beeker; Justin married to Jessica Hardin; and high-school junior Tyson.  They also have one granddaughter, Farrah. Mrs. Pressly, her husband, their youngest son, and daughter-in-law all participate in the implementation of the Goldsboro Cotillion program.  Mr. & Mrs. Pressly both enjoy social dancing, and pride themselves in passing their love of dance to their children.



Lauren Lewis

Lauren Melton is an Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer at ViQuest Wellness Center in Greenville, N.C. A Kinston native, she is a graduate of East Carolina University (Greenville, N.C.). She is pursuing a second degree in nursing, and is thrilled to be working with Mrs. Cherry again at Carolina Junior Cotillions.





Amy Whitfield

Amy Floyd Whitfield, a Kinston native,  attended Carolina Cotillions as a young girl under the instruction of Mrs. Cherry.  She recently joined the Carolina Junior Cotillions team and is devoted to serving young people. Amy is a trained dancer and was named Lenoir County’s Young Woman of the Year before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She currently is co-owner and business manager of Neuse Regional Rehab Associates. Amy also is the Character Education Instructor at Arendell Parrott Academy.  She is an active member of Westminster United Methodist Church, where she is a leader for the elementary youth.

Amy and her husband, Howard, have two daughters, Wrenn McCrae and Layla.  She enjoys reading, the beach, and time with family and friends.  Amy is thrilled to be sharing her love of proper character and dance along with the Carolina Cotillions team.

  • manners in motion

  • "My daughter is EXTREMELY shy and at first did not want to do Cotillion. But, after finding out that all of her friends were doing it, she decided to join and she LOVED it. She is so excited to do it again in the fall. I think it was a very good experience for her and a confidence booster. Thank you for the fun aspect you put into it as well as etiquette."

    ~Pamela Respess
  • Four Things Etiquette Is NOT

    by Emily Post

    Misconceptions about etiquette and the need for it abound, which make it necessary to list four things that etiquette is most certainly not:

    A set of rigid rules. Manners change with the times (something Emily Post emphasized from the beginning) and today are more flexible than ever before. Etiquette isn’t a set of “prescriptions for properness” but merely a set of guidelines for doing things in ways that make people feel comfortable.

    Something for the wealthy or well-born. Etiquette is a code of behavior for people from all walks of like, every socioeconomic group, and of all ages. No one is immune to having his life enhanced by good manners.

    A think of the past. Sometimes it seems that yesterday’s standards have gone out the window, but today’s more casual approach to things is something that sits on the surface. The bedrock principles of etiquette remain as solid as they ever were.

    Snobbishness. Little violates the tenets of etiquette more than snobbery---which, more often than not, is just another name for pretentiousness. A person who looks down on others shows himself not as superior but small---the kind who’s anything but respectful and considerate.