Warning to St. Louis Youth: The Cotillion is Coming to Town
|Why don't today's youth enjoy standing around in fancy dress and having adult conversation?|
Umm, yeah. Us too. Which is why we were so excited to see that the National League of Junior Cotillions is setting up shop right here in St. Louis County!
As the organization helpfully informed Daily RFT in a press release, it promotes training in "etiquette, character education and social dance." It teaches young whippersnappers "honor, respect, ethics, sportsmanship, acknowledgment of gifts" and even "receiving lines" (thank God! Finally someone is paying the proper attention to receiving lines!) It sponsors instructional seven-course dinners -- presumably so the youth of America can learn the lost art of using a finger bowl.
We couldn't help but ask: Aren't the social graces in question hopelessly old-fashioned? Who needs to know manners in 2010? And who (other than Bristol Palin, apparently) needs to learn how to waltz?
But Roberts insists the program is timeless: "It teaches students. It gives them that self-confidence to look someone in the eye when they're speaking with them."
And lest you think this kind of program is hopelessly fuddy-duddy (ahem!), the organization proclaims that ballroom dancing is taught using "nationally approved top 40 music."
That doesn't mean Kanye West and Lady GaGa, mind you. "It's nationally approved music," Roberts stresses. "It has to be approved. It has to be clean."
So no ballroom dancing to Nelly? "Exactly," she says.
If you think you've got what it takes to shape up the youth of today -- and teach them to behave much like the youth of 60 years ago -- you're encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-633-7947. Roberts says they are looking to train a new director who would have exclusive rights to the mold the minds of the area's middle and junior high school students; the hope is to get the person selected by February and get the program up and running by the next school year.
Slackers of St. Louis, consider yourself warned. You may be chillaxing the days away, but come next year, you're learning the cha cha.