The mission of Cotillion Austin-Style is to provide training in basic etiquette, communication skills, and social dance to boys and girls in the 10-13 age range. With our 40+ years of experience in dance education and a continuing emphasis on appropriate behavior and good manners, the Shirley McPhail School of Dance is a natural fit for a Cotillion program. “Cotillion” originally meant a specific French dance, but in the U.S. it has come to mean a course of etiquette training including social dance. SMSD Cotillion students learn how to act and to treat others with honor, dignity and respect, resulting in better relationships with family, friends and business associates later in life.
Each Student Will
Make new friends (constant changing of partners)
Gain confidence and poise
Learn to dance
Become more comfortable in social situations
Learn to make introductions
Learn about table manners and table settings
Daniel had a great experience at Cotillion Austin-Style. He even asked me to dance when the family was out on Saturday night!”
"I really enjoyed Cotillion this fall. My favorite dances were the line dance and the fox trot. I also really enjoyed learning my table manners. They will be very useful for nice events. "
“Thank you for all you have done for my son and his peers in your class! I only wish I had understood the benefits of your Cotillion when my daughter was that age.”
"My favorite dance was the Twist."
"I am excited to use the skills I've learned to grow up to be a polite lady."
"I have had a blast at Cotillion, and I also hope you did too."
"I have loved everything about Cotillion. These past 6 weeks have been so much fun!"
“Our daughter had a really wonderful time in this class! We felt the program was well run with just the right amount of manners, dance and fun without feeling over-the-top. This is our second daughter to take your cotillion class and we are so glad you provide a relaxed and fun environment for these children to learn some useful skills.”
“My son seems more confident interacting with adults and even continues to look them in the eye while talking with them.”
I've had a great experience at Cotillion. I really enjoyed learning how too foxtrot and two step. I hope we can have a reunion party."
"I have enjoyed my time in Cotillion--especially the refreshments."
“Cotillion has helped me teach my family better manners—specially my little brother!”
"This is our third child to attend Cotillion. We wouldn't think of missing it!"