Now Accepting Enrollment for the Fall 2019-2020 Cotillion Season

Dates Listed Below

The Gollatz Cotillion or Essential Life Skills for Success Presents

 The Claremont Cotillion to be held at

The Claremont Doubletree Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Boulevard, Claremont 91711

Serving: Claremont, Glendora, La Verne, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Upland and the surrounding communities


Mrs. Darcee S. Gollatz- Klapp & Mr. Wilbur P. Klapp III ~ Owners and Directors ~ Mrs. Emma Klapp - Roque ~ Director


Arrival and Departure Schedule by Grades

   Third and Fourth Grade: (Cotillion)                  5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Fifth and Sixth Grade: (Cotillion)                     6:45pm to 7:45pm

Cotillion or Essential Life Skills Fee $259.00, inclusive

   The Gollatz Cotillion program is a modern Cotillion and manners class with updated instruction to captivate a child’s attention offered to boys and girls third through sixth grade. During the Cotillion children are taught good table manners; learn core values and social skills in a fun atmosphere located at the Claremont Hilton Doubletree Hotel.  


    The format of the Gollatz Cotillion is to mimic “real life” scenarios so a child will be prepared to attend a family dinner, a formal reception, a social gathering or just simply how to introduce themselves to someone  with confidence. The Gollatz Cotillion does not consider itself a “dance class” although Cotillion dances will be taught (swing, cha-cha, fox-trot and other fun dances) to complete the social training. Cotillion should be a training base for a child to learn and practice social skills that will benefit them their entire lifetime. Your child will enjoy and have fun at the Gollatz Cotillion! 

Listed are a Few of the Many Manners Taught at the Cotillion

     The handshake (social/business) ~ Conversation ~ Direct eye contact ~ Thank you notes ~ Cell phone and gadgets do’s and don’ts ~ How to give a fun and fabulous toast ~ How to be a thoughtful guest ~ Correct cutting of food items with a fork and knife ~ How to thank someone ~ Proper posture ~ Dining skills ~ Netiquette ~ Learning to set the table correctly and so much more.

                                                 *** 2019 -2020 Cotillion Dates and Events ***

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 ~ Welcome to the Gollatz Cotillion ~ The Cotillion will commence with  instruction in the art of conversation, eye contact, the hand shake, basic dining skills and Cotillion style dances. Refreshments are served to the Cotillion students during the class. The standard Cotillion attire will be required of all members.

​Tuesday, October 22, 2019 ~  Thank You Notes & Dining Skills ~ While having fun, the Cotillion students will learn how to write a thank you note including the envelope, and enjoy learning and practicing dining skills integrated with  Cotillion style dances. Refreshments will be served as the students enjoy and practice their learned skills. The standard Cotillion attire is required of all Cotillion members.

​Tuesday, December 3, 2019 ~ Family Night ~ The Cotillion participants will be combined from 6:00pm to 7:15pm ~ This special Cotillion evening is intended for both the enjoyment and participation of the student and their entire family. A family is welcome to invite guests to enjoy the event. Cotillion attire is required for all in attendance.  Beverages will be served to everyone. (Family night does not include the Life Skill students).


​Tuesday, January 7, 2020 ~  Social Skills & the Game of Table  Concentration ~ The Cotillion  participants will be instructed in the correct form of cutting foods using a fork and knife accompanied with the fun new game “table concentration” complete  with Cotillion style dancing.  Refreshments will be served to the Cotillion students. The standard Cotillion attire is required.

​Tuesday, February 4, 2020 ~ The Gala Dinner & Dance ~  (Grades third - sixth only) ~ The Cotillion participants will be combined from 6:30pm to 7:45pm. A plated  dinner will be prepared and served to all grade level participants, dining instruction and practice integrated with fun to complete the evening. The dinner will includes a salad, main dish, dinner rolls and a dessert. The standard attire is required.  Dinner will only be served to the Cotillion students. The Cotillion students will be separated at the tables by grades. If tardy, the Cotillion cannot guarantee the child to be placed near “friends”. Due to space availability, it is requested that parents "drop-off" child or remain in the foyer/lounge area  

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The Gollatz Cotillion is a modern, updated “social skills” series of classes for boys and girls in a fun party atmosphere.

The Gollatz Cotillion is honored to have personally instructed two of the United States Presidential families.


The Gollatz Cotillion program will capture your child's attention. Parents are always welcome to remain and observe the Cotillion class if appropriately dressed in business casual attire. The Cotillion dancing is fun and will be a portion of the Cotillion. The Gollatz Cotillion does not consider itself to be a "dance class". They recognize the importance of  learning and practicing social skills integrated with manners are beneficial to a child that will last their lifetime.

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