Frequently Asked Cotillion Questions
The Gollatz Cotillion - The premier Cotillion in California celebrating a legacy of 88 years in the instruction of children's manners and the fourth generation of family instructors. The Gollatz Cotillion is family owned and operated.
How did I receive the Cotillion invitation? Your child's name has been personally referred to the Cotillion by either a friend or local volunteer of the Gollatz Cotillion.
Does a family member need to be a member of a country club or an organization to join the Gollatz Cotillion? It is never a requirement to be a member of a country club or other organization for your child to be invited and attend the Cotillion.
The Gollatz Cotillion commitment to our Cotillion families? The Cotillion style dancing is certainly fun and will be a portion of the Gollatz Cotillion program however, the Gollatz Cotillion personally feels the instruction in dining manners and social etiquette is more beneficial to children and will last their life time.
Does the Cotillion have a dress code? Yes, please read our dress code policy for students and parents. The dress code is strictly enforced at all the Cotillion meetings.
May I invite my friends to the Cotillion experience? You may invite your friends to attend the Gollatz Cotillion through the Gollatz Cotillion "Home Page" under the tab "Refer Friends". Friends are a large part of the Cotillion experience and it is great fun to experience it together. Please contact the Gollatz Cotillion business office by calling 1-800-832-4574 if you would like to extend a physical Cotillion invitation. Cotillion is an event where you will be among friends or make new ones.
What about siblings, guests and friends may they stay and observe the Cotillion? Siblings and guests are always welcome to remain and observe the Cotillion. Please have all guests dress appropriately, siblings and guests must remain with an adult at all times.
How soon after I send my response (RSVP) will I hear if I am a member?
The office response time is usually within the week of enrollment. If a confirmation is not received via email or regular mail within 5 days please call the business office (800) 832-4574.
My child is on a waiting list, what do I do now? You will receive either an email or message from the Gollatz Cotillion business office informing you of your child's initial status upon responding to enrollment. When your child is placed or removed from the waiting list you will be contacted immediately by the office. You may choose to refer a partner for your child of the opposite sex and same grade. Upon the referred child joining, your child is immediately removed from the waiting list and becomes active. Or you may wait for the class to balance itself when we have the appropriate ratio boys to girls with continued enrollments.
I forgot to register my child what do I do now? Many times the classes are to capacity and we are not able to accept more children. Please call the office to inquire on current availability
Payment and attendance restrictions: There are no refunds after 30 days of deposit. Memberships are non-transferable and are only valid for the Cotillion season listed. The Gollatz Cotillion is not responsible for a child's attendance. A declined credit card will be subject to a $10.00 service fee. A check returned for non-sufficient funds will be subject to a $25.00 service fee.
Do I remain with my child or may I drop them off? The Gollatz Cotillion prides itself on a safe environment. Many families choose to stay and share in the Cotillion experience. It is fun to see their child transform before their very eyes.
What is a Chaperone and what are their duties? Does it involve a lot of my time? Cotillion Chaperones are a valuable asset to the Cotillion. A Chaperone will assist with the children's safety and at the conclusion of the Cotillion the students may practice a solid hand shake, eye contact and compliment. If you would like to be a Chaperone for the evening. Please contact the office for the date you would like to attend (800) 832-4574. Chaperones are asked to arrive on the evening scheduled at least 15 minutes before the Cotillion commences and appropriately dressed. Upon arrival, please complete a name tag located on the reception table. You will be registering the children as they arrive by placing a "check mark" in front of the student's names as Cotillion students arrive. Please remain at the registration table (check-in) approximately 5 minutes after the Cotillion begins to accommodate any late arrivals. During the Cotillion Chaperones are asked to remain in the room and be available. At the conclusion of the Cotillion the children will shake your hand and address you by name and with a compliment. Please make certain that all children have direct eye contact with you and that the children address you correctly and clearly.
What happens if we are late to the class? Please see a Cotillion Director/ Instructor for placement of your child into the group.
Is a family automatically extended the Cotillion invitation each year? Yes, once your child has enjoyed the Gollatz Cotillion experience your families information will be placed on the invitational sending for years to come.
The "Young and Polite" and the "Which Fork First" dining events? The dining classes are a separate "one time" dining event in a country club style setting. A complete dinner is served with dining skills for each child to practice. Dancing is NOT a feature of the dining events. A separate registration response and fee is required to attend the dining class.