History

An Adventure Four Decades in the Making

Carolina Junior Cotillions was founded in 1981 by Ann B. Cherry, who continues to lead the organization today. Remaining firmly rooted in our eastern North Carolina heritage, we’ve taught generations of students the finer points of dance, dining skills, and social graces. Over the years, we’ve expanded our reach and our service portfolio and currently serve students from Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Lenoir, New Hanover, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties.

Ann’s founding philosophy continues to guide our everyday work through cotillion and etiquette/dining skills programs currently held in Kinston and Goldsboro.  We think today’s society is craving well-mannered people — in schools, in social settings, in the workplace. So we set about equipping each new group of students with the kind of social skills and etiquette needed to succeed, not so much in our classes, but in life.

You won’t find us listed in the phone book this way, of course, but we’re basically in the “make-the-world-a-better-place” business. We use cotillions and protocol classes to teach our participants — most often fifth, sixth and seventh graders — social skills and etiquette that will guide them during critical moments throughout their lives. How they act at those moments, we believe, can have a positive influence on every person they interact with.

We’ve been teaching sure-footed success for more than three decades. And as long as the world needs socially skilled, well-mannered and poised young men and women, we’ll be here to teach them.

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    “Mrs. Cherry, I hope this e-mail finds you well! I just wanted to tell you thank you for helping shape me into the person I am today through Cotillion. For eight years, I was involved in Cotillion and I loved every single minute of it. I recall memories of my days on that dance floor from time to time. As a college student, I am put in situations where those skills I learned through Cotillion have been a tremendous help and have even saved me from embarrassing moments at times. A few weeks ago, I attended a reception for a leadership program that I am participating in. When I arrived, we were told to write our names on name tags and then mingle with everyone there. Senators, Business Representatives, and NCSU Faculty were all in attendance. When I went to put the name tag on, I immediately placed it on my right side. I then started looking around and noticed that everyone else was divided when it came to placing their name tags. I think it was one of those situations where whoever got their name tag first placed it on the left side and then everyone followed behind. I know this is a simple example but I immediately thought of you and Cotillion. The lessons and values I learned have followed me and continue to be useful years after I finished serving as a marshal. Thank you again and I hope to see you soon!”

    ~ Bradley Glover