Send us an invitation!

Cotillion returns to Washington in the fall of 2024! Make sure your family is on THE INVITE LIST to get all the details as soon as they're released.

people skills take practice.

Well-rounded adults don't just happen.

What to expect at the

watch this video with your kid!

A lot of kids are nervous about cotillion because they simply don't know what to expect.

This video gives them all the details to help them walk through the door with confidence.

Parents join the fun at the finale event: The Mystery Ball

AGES  Cotillion will be offered to rising 6th-8th graders. If you have older or younger kids, please add them to the Invite List as well in case other offerings come available!

SCHEDULE  We will meet once a month from October to March for a series of four classes, an instructional meal, and a semi-formal ball.

WHEN  Invitations will be mailed and registration will open after Labor Day (the last day to request an invite is August 20th).

COMMITMENT  Adding your child to THE INVITE LIST does not commit you to the program nor does it reserve your seat. It simply insures your child will be offered an invitation to join once details are released.

The Basics

they aren't just improving their manners and dancing the Rumba. They're building CONFIDENCE to help them navigate the awkward middle school years and learning LIFE SKILLS that will follow them into adulthood.

  • introduce themselves properly
  • carry on conversations with peers and adults
  • give a solid handshake
  • dance with a partner
  • represent themselves well online
  • balance their digital life with in-person interactions
  • be a welcoming host
  • write a thank you note
  • and tie a tie,

Why cotillion?

When middle schoolers learn to:

yes! mail us an invitation, please.

Families on The Invite List will have access to registration for at least a week before it opens to the public.

Avoid the waitlist!

Hello there! I'm Sydney Dunn and as a cotillion director, my goal is to come alongside parents to help grow their children into kind, capable, respectful, and socially-confident adults. Cotillion provides the perfect opportunity to practice those face-to-face interactions and social skills that will follow them the rest of their lives.

I've been teaching etiquette throughout eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia since 2016. I am incredibly excited to help Chelsea bring this program to the families of Washington!

My husband, Lee, and I live in Edenton and have a farm and four children. As you can imagine, our life is never boring!

Sydney dunn

Meet The Leaders

Hi, I’m Chelsea! I am thrilled to partner with Sydney's vision and bring this phenomenal program to our community.

I’m originally from Roper, NC, but moved to Washington in 2012 after marrying my high school sweetheart, Andy. Fast-forward to today and I’m living my dream as a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mama and part-time wedding planner. I’m now eager to apply my passion for education and social events in a brand-new way: COTILLION!

We live in a world where the word “social” is most commonly associated with the word “media” and communication most often happens behind a screen and via thumbs. I believe, now more than ever, it is imperative that we intentionally cultivate social and communication skills in our students by presenting opportunities in which they are compelled to learn and grow. And that, my friends, is what cotillion is all about.

I look forward to meeting your children and hope they leave their time with us feeling more empowered and ready to engage the world with tremendous poise and purpose.  

Lead instructor


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