The National League of Junior Cotillions-Faulkner County Chapter director Susan Humphries announced the 2018-2019 advisory board.

Those on the board are Mrs. Kenneth Barnard (Rebecca), Mrs. Kevin Bartholomew (Lisa), Mrs. Robert Buser (Susan), Mrs. Jonathan Caplan (Darcy), Mrs. John Carter (Janice), Mrs. Larry Coney (Tracy), Mrs. Mike Cormier (Shannon), Mrs. Preston Davis (Liz), Mrs. Gerard Epps (Jennifer), Mrs. Tim Foshee (Kathy), Blanche Gordy, Mrs. Aaron Hobbs (April), Mrs. Tim Howard (Angie), Mrs. Ben Huffman (Dee Ann), Dr. Amy Johnson, Mrs. Greg Kendrick (Jenifer), Mrs. Justin Kervin (Deirdra), Mrs. Paul Kostecky (Leslie), Mrs. Bradley Mannis (Mary), Mrs. Jason Nash (Adrienne), Mrs. David Palazolo (Kimberly), Mrs. Scot Polk (Mary), Mrs. Scott Robnett (Rhonda), Mrs. John Saxton (Melinda), Mrs. Duncan Shumate (Ana) and Mrs. Brian Stewart (Tiffny).

"I would like to publicly thank these wonderful parents for their positive support of the Junior Cotillion program,” Humphries said.

The schedule for this season is Sept. 16 Introduction Dance; Oct. 14 Autumn Dance; Nov. 4 Thanksgiving Dance; Dec. 8 Holly Ball; Jan. 13 Winter Dance; Feb. 10 Dip Into Dancing Day; and

Feb. 22 European Tour Spring Ball.

The Junior Cotillion program begins its 26th season in September.

Cotillion, which features etiquette and social dance training for sixth- through ninth-grade boys and girls, includes five classes and two semi-formal balls over a seven-month period, beginning in September.

Emphasizing etiquette and self-confidence skills, topics taught include polite conversation, greeting skills, proper introductions, first impression skills, interaction in groups, receiving lines, paying and receiving compliments, acknowledgement of gifts, sportsmanship, table manners, telephone courtesy, coats and doors and other areas of social behavior.

Social skills and dance instruction are presented in a humorous way to keep the children's interest. “Our objective is to teach the lifestyles that will enable students to learn to treat other with honor, dignity, and respect, for better relationships with family, friends and associates," Humphries said. Self confidence comes from knowing the right way of doing things.”

The benefits to your child are increase in self-confidence, the development of social and conversational skills, and the awareness of the importance of manners, etiquette, and kindness to others, she said. These skills are also an asset for resumes and college applications.

Registration for any interested sixth-, seventh-, eighth- or ninth-grade child in the county is open now for the 2018-2019 season.

For more information or to register, visit www.nljc.com/chapter/faulknercounty.

Parents may contact Humphries at susan.humphries@nljc.com.