Brazos Valley Cotillion Served Up Good Manners & Great Dancing at Ball

58ab603b144ca.imageSixty-three  local youth, ages 10-17, practiced their manners, their dining  and dance skills at the annual Brazos Valley Cotillion, held the month of February on Thursday evenings at Phillips Event Center. “We want to guide young people to focus on respect, consideration and awareness in all that they do and say,” says Dr. Susan Quiring. “Kids learned common courtesies, posture, poise and appropriate dress, dining etiquette, cell phone behavior, and conversation skills.  Cotillion concluded with the Formal Ball, held February 17.  Each couple had the privilege of walking under the Saber Arch of the Ross Volunteers.  The young ladies and gentlemen dined and danced to DJ Tom Byer.  Two special performances: Sarabeth & Jack Erdner performed a beautiful waltz; Joy Patranella & Jesse Rakowitz performed a fun swing.  Special awards went to:  The Overall Prestigious Class Act Award: Millie Reed and Michael Baber;  Best Dancers:  Katherine Renard, Payton Binyon, Heather Baber and Gunnar Gessner;  Most Mannerly: Shelby Kate Garner and John Cizmas; Best First Impression: Elise Barlow and Will Askew;  Most Congenial:  Emmi Wilson and Ben Brandon.  The next Teen Dance Party is April 29, and Class Act Etiquette/Dance Camp will be June 19-22

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