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.


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 her 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 Morehead City, NC. They have three children, Britney married to Robbie Beeker; Justin married to Jessica Hardin; and East Carolina University student Tyson.  They also have two granddaughters, Farrah and Chandler. Mrs. Pressly, her husband, 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 MeltonLauren

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.

  • 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.