Middle School Cotillion – Manners for Life

Sixth Grade Season
Seventh-Eighth Grade Season

Sixth Grade Program

The Sixth Grade program focuses on basic social skills, party manners and dining skills to young students who are entering what can be an awkward age. Dances include the beach shag, box-step and other traditional dance. Our goal is to help them be comfortable in new situations, to give them skills to make new friends and to ease the awkwardness of mixed gender events. They leave with a good dose of self-confidence! Classes have equal numbers of girls and boys and students are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Putting your best foot forward:

  • First things first: Shaking hands, introductions, sitting and standing, and buffet manners

  • The “man” in mannerly/ladies first? Not so fast!:  Rising, jackets, doors, seating, primping, and excusing yourself

  • Correspondence: Thank you notes, email, invitations, and RSVPs

  • Dining with grace: Place settings, table manners, and mini-meal

  • May I have this dance? The finale of the season is a Formal ball with dancing, contests, dessert and waltzing with mom or dad


Seventh & Eighth Grade

The Seventh-Eighth Grade program has been developed so that students who did not attend 6th grade classes can still join their classmates in 7th or 8th grade. The curriculum is new even to students who attended cotillion in 6th grade, though we do review the basics over the course of the season. The dance component is also different so everyone starts from the same place.  This program is event driven and gives students real life experience in a variety of social situations such as meet and greets, interviewing, theater, a golf and country club experience and much more.

Social Survival Skills:

  • No Blunder  Basics: Manners in Public/Meeting and Greeting/First Impressions
  • Sports and Country Club Etiquette:  Golf clinic, sports etiquette, ordering from a menu.
  • Interviewing: Interviewing Skills/Mock Interview/Dressing for Success/Following Up
  • Theater Event:  Alhambra Theater/Manners in Public/Why they're important and how bad manners affect others/Dining Event
  • Foreign and Fancy Foods: Handling food that’s hard to eat/Ordering from a Menu/Tipping
  • What's all this stuff on the table? Formal Dining/Five Course Meal/Toasting/RSVPs
  • Dinner-Dance: Putting it all together

2019 Manners for Life Schedule

Registration closes on July 15

6th Grade

Marsh Landing
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Marsh Landing Country Club
Light Refreshments 

Thursday, August 22

Wednesday, September 18

Thursday, October 24  

Thursday, November 14

Sunday, December 8
Black & White Ball
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Drive

Light Refreshments served at classes

6th Grade

San Jose Class
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Ramada Inn, Mandarin
Light Refreshments 

Friday, August 23

Friday, September 20

Friday, October 25    

Friday, November 15

Sunday, December 8
Black & White Ball
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Drive

Light Refreshments served at classes

7th - 8th Grade

Ramada Inn Mandarin
*Indicates dining event

*Saturday, August 24
(Pizza Mixer) 2:00-3:30

*Saturday, September 21
 Interviewing/Ordering from a menu

Saturday, October 26
Professional Dance Lesson
Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio

*Saturday, November 16
Formal Dinner Dance
Parents attend the last 30 minutes of the dance

*Saturday, December 7
(Alhambra—ELF) 10:30 – 3:00

Golf Clinic TBD


Dress Code

The dress code is an important aspect of teaching students respect for each other, for their host/hostess and the shared values of our culture.


Ladies should wear dresses or skirts of knee length or longer. A dress with shoulders or spaghetti straps (sundresses, halter dresses, etc.) may be worn only if  covered with a shrug, sweater or other wrap during the entire event. Pants, gauchos, leggings, etc. are not appropriate. Ladies are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes suitable for dancing. Flip-flops, athletic shoes and boots are not allowed. Short white gloves will be provided at the first class.


Gentlemen should wear a dress shirt and tie, navy blazer and khaki or gray pants, belt, dark socks and dress shoes (no athletic shoes or flip-flops).

The End-of-the-Season Ball is black tie optional. Specific information will be provided closer to the time of the event.

Seventh-Eighth Grade Program:  The dress code above is generally used for seventh-eighth grade but some of the classes require a different dress code and will vary. Students will be asked to dress appropriately for each class (golf, theater, dance class, meet and greet)  and information will be provided prior to each class.

Ramada Inn, Mandarin

3130 Hartley Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32257