1. 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

  2. 2016 Class Act Etiquette Camp

    63 children and teens, ages 6-18,  graduated from the 2016 Class Act Etiquette & Dance Camps. How thrilled I was to receive so many written and verbal thank you notes from mothers and students.  When a 10 year old tells her mom he is starting to save money so she can attend next summer’s camp, and another mom tells me the camp has given her son such a boost in confidence and they are telling all their friends, I realize how valuable these social and life skills are to our young people.   How rewarding to have so many individual young people express the fun they had while we learned about good Character, Confidence, and Courtesy! Here are a couple of photos from the camps. Dates for Brazos Valley Cotillion and Formal Ball will be January  19, 26, February 2, 9, and Formal Ball February 11 or 180346 0361

    62 children and teens just graduated from the 2016 Cotillion and Formal Ball. How rewarding to have so many individual young people express the fun they had while we learned about good Character, Confidence, and Courtesy! Here are a couple of photos from the weekly classes. The Class Act Etiquette/Dance Camp will be June 13-16, so please save that week and join us!P1050063 P1050124 P1050061 P1050057

  4. Student Showcase and Dance Was Magical!

    Ninety-six people enjoyed a delicious dinner, dancing to our wonderful DJ, Tom Byer, and over-the-top performances.  And what a privilege and a blessing to watch all of the teens and pre-teens, as well as the adults out on the dance floor.  I was in awe.

    Please congratulate all our performers:

    Grace Godfrey, Braeden Forsthoff, Karina Salkin, Daniel Minke, Maiya Ashley, Mark Salkin, Veronica Bender, Isaiah Minke, Darce Markowsky, Ben Fisher, Andi Salkin, Matthew Schmid, Cassidy Schmid, Heathryn Livingston.  Check out the videos on my Facebook page.  More photos coming soon!

    The good news is that this was our First Annual Student Showcase, so there will be another one next year!


    Learn basic movement to music, basic steps in Foxtrot, Waltz and Swing. Fun mixers and line dances. Requires minimum of 8 to hold camp. 1 hour each week for 4 weeks


    Saturday night’s Formal Ball was such a fun evening and nice conclusion to our 2014 Brazos Valley Cotillion held at Briarcrest Golf Club.  Thank you to all 65 who attended.  It is such a privilege to walk under the Saber Arch of the Tx A&M University Ross Volunteers. We love it that they come each year to start off our Ball.  Everyone looked so nice.  I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did. After dining on a 4-course meal and dancing to DJ Tom Byer,

    The Dance Police gave some special awards:

    Best Female Dancer: Paige Keller

    Best Male Dancer:  Tyler Vesperman

    Most Improved Female Dancer:  Heather Brown

    Most Improved Male Dancer:  Joey Williams (Joey – age 10 —  said to me, “of all the older guys here, and I won?!).  Joey developed an incredible dance frame.

    Most Mannerly Female:  Maddie Campbell

    Most Mannerly Male:  Jackson McGruffy 

    Before the end of the evening we enjoyed 3 performances:  Ben and Jordan Fisher choreographed a beautiful Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz; Irina Popova and Alex Hansen tempted us with a phenomenal Tango; Amanda Vorpahl and Jordan Garcia choreographed a wonderful Quickstep!

    But we won’t stop dancing!  A Teen Dance Class will begin Thursday, April 3, 4:30-5:45pm.  To enroll:


  7. The Gift of Etiquette

    It’s that time of year again! Brazos Valley Cotillion is fast approaching. This is an original and thoughtful gift idea for any young people in your life. I have never had any Cotillion student not enjoy their time in my class. Kids ages 10-19 are invited, and they will learn important social and life skills, including cell phone etiquette, common courtesies, and formal and informal dining skills, as well as ballroom dancing! Cotillion takes place over 4 weekly sessions, culminating in a Formal Ball where my students demonstrate all they have learned. The young adults have the awesome privilege of walking through the saber arch of the Ross Volunteers; feast upon a four-course dinner, dance to the varied tunes of an amazing DJ, and enjoy a dance performance by my more advanced college students. To give a special child in your life the gift of a lifetime, contact me by phone or email. You will not regret it!                          979-690-0606

  8. Office Party Entertainment

    What a fun Holiday party yesterday! I was asked to provide the entertainment for the Office of Admissions Holiday Social.   We performed two dance numbers:  Paul Stiverson and Wendy Kreider danced an International Rumba to “Baby it’s Cold Outside”; Paul and I danced Cha Cha to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

    Paul and I had 20 minutes to teach two faculty members, Bill and Cheryl, to dance a Foxtrot.  Just like on Dancing with the Stars TV show, we had 3 judges who ranked the 2 dancers.  Bill tried to buy judges’ votes.  Cheryl got on her knees and begged for mercy.  It was great fun.  The 200+ faculty and staff got to place their votes on their cell phones.

    Brandi from the admissions office emailed this comment: “I’ve heard so many compliments about the dancing.  Your team was AWESOME!  The quick routines you were able to put together for Cheryl and Bill in such a short amount of time were truly wonderful.  Everyone really enjoyed it.  In fact, several people have told me it’s the best we’ve ever had!” I am so glad we were able to make their Christmas Party special. If any of you are planning a Christmas party, we would be happy to provide dance entertainment for you, as well!