Send my kid an invitation!

A full-scale cotillion program is coming to Wendell in the fall of 2023! 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.

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.

What to expect at the Wendell Cotillion:

they aren't just improving their manners while 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:

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

AGES  Cotillion will be offered to rising 6th-8th graders. If you're in middle school, we've got a spot for you! If you have older or younger kids, please add them to the Invite List as well in case other offerings come available!

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE  We plan to meet once a month from October to March.

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

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!

Since 2016, I've been teaching etiquette to middle and high school kids. I intentionally chose this age group because I think they are the perfect age to learn and develop those vital social skills that will follow them to adulthood. My goal with my students (and my own kids) is to foster polite humans who learn to love their neighbors more than themselves.

When I'm not teaching etiquette classes or directing cotillions, I work with my family on our tobacco and soybean farms. My husband, Lee, and I have four kids: Bear, Penny, River, and Galley. I was raised in Wendell and now live in Edenton, North Carolina. I'm excited to bring my program back to my hometown!

Sydney dunn is an etiquette instructor who grew up in wendell

Meet The Teacher


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