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In American usage, a cotillion is a formal ball and social gathering, often the venue for presenting débutantes during the débutante season – usually May through December. Cotillions are also used as classes to teach social etiquette, respect, and common morals for the younger ages with the possibility of leading up to a débutante ball. For different places, there are different cotillions. Today, most cotillions are for middle schoolers as a chance to teach manners and etiquette, and also are a time to socialize with friends at after-parties. The after-parties at cotillion usually feature food, drinks, and music. [1][2][3]

Debutantes dancing


  1. ^ "NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gollatz Cotillion & Social Programs". Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "JDW Cotillions & Social Education Programs". Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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