New Island Cotillion in the Works

A new event designed for sixth and seventh graders, the Alameda Island Cotillion, will begin taking registrations Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m. Alameda Island Cotillion is a series of dance classes offered to students in both Alameda and surrounding communities. The purpose is to provide a fun, community event bringing together young men and women from various middle schools to learn dance basics and social etiquette in a party atmosphere. 

Historically, a cotillion was a formal ball to present young women to society. Modern cotillions are events that teach teens the art of attending and conducting themselves in social situations. Alameda Island Cotillion members will receive instruction in ballroom, swing, disco, Latin and line dances.

In addition to dance technique, an emphasis is placed on etiquette and social graces. Throughout the dance series, cotillion members are guided to greet chaperones in a receiving line, escort their partners off the dance floor to the refreshment table, thank chaperones at the conclusion and practice eye contact, conversation skills, manners and respect with their various dance partners. 

The goal of the cotillion is to develop in young people a high standard of confidence and individual excellence. Find out more at