Now Accepting Enrollment for the Fall 2019 - 2020 Cotillion Season

The NEW dates are listed below

The La Canada Cotillion 

Hosted at the exclusive

The La Canada Country Club,

5500 Godbey Road, La Canada, California 91011

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


Arrival and Departure Schedule by Grades:

Fourth Grade: 4:30pm to 5:30pm (4th grade boys at capacity / memberships not available)

Fifth Grade:   5:45pm to 6:45pm

Sixth Grade:   7:00pm to 8:00pm

*Junior and High School Students - The Senior Club with Life Skills  events will be  offered at the Altadena Town and Country Club


The Gollatz Cotillion is a private invitation social program. It 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 class the children are taught good table manners; learn core values and social skills in a fun atmosphere located at the La Canada Country Club.  


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 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 throughout the Year

The handshake (social/business) ~ Conversation ~ Direct eye contact ~ Thank you notes ~ Cell phone and gadgets do’s and don’ts ~ Netiquette ~ 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 ~ Learning to set a table correctly and so much more. 

The NEW 2020 - 2021 Cotillion Dates

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 ~ Welcome to the Gollatz Cotillion ~ The Cotillion will commence with the instruction in the art of conversation, eye contact, the hand shake, basic dining skills and Cotillion style dances. Appetizers will be served to the Cotillion students during the class with social instruction. Please have your child in the standard Cotillion required attire.*Sixth Grade - Additional instruction: How to tie a necktie​. *see dress code

​Tuesday, October 13, 2020 ~ Thank You Notes & Dining Skills ~ While having fun, the Cotillion students will learn how to write a thank you note and enjoy learning and practicing dining skills integrated with  Cotillion style dances.  Light refreshments will be served as the students enjoy and practice their learned skills. The standard Cotillion attire is required of all Cotillion members. *Sixth Grade - Additional instruction: Knowing the correct gift, name tags, and good guest vs. bad guest. *see dress code

​Tuesday, November 10, 2020 ~ Social Skills and the Games 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 game of  “table concentration.” All grades will enjoy Cotillion style dancing.  Appetizers will be served to the Cotillion students. The standard Cotillion attire is required. *Sixth Grade - Additional instruction: The proper usage of chopsticks and their placement.*see dress code

​​​Tuesday, January 12, 2021 ~ Dining Skills ~ Integrated with the Cotillion dances each grade level will practice the dining skills learned in the previous month. The fourth grade Cotillion students will be served appetizers. The fifth grade Cotillion students will be presented with a small dinner buffet. The sixth grade students will enjoy a complete dinner. The standard Cotillion attire will be required.*The dinner is only served to the Cotillion students. *Sixth Grade - Additional Instruction: Cell phones are now the world in your hand, let us learn about them.*see dress code

​​Tuesday, February 9, 2021 ~ Family Night 4th Grade Only ~ This special evening is intended for the enjoyment and the participation of the family.  Cotillion attire is required for all in attendance. Beverages will be served to everyone. *see dress code

Tuesday, February 9, 2021  ~ Basic Self  Defense 5th & 6th Grade Only ~ This unique class will be instructed by Officer Blue and Sergeant James who each have over twenty years on the police force. The class will help make your child more observant of their surroundings as they learn escape techniques and "command presence". (If your child would not like to actively participate in this class they may observe). *Note dress code: for this event ONLY ( 5th & 6th grade) we ask that the students do NOT wear their Cotillion attire but dress casually. Boys ~ do not wear your necktie or blazer. Girls ~ MUST be in a  casual type of pants (no shorts, sandals, or revealing tops). Parents are encouraged by the Instructors to be involved in their child's social media choices. 

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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 our United States Presidential families.


A family does not need to be a "member" of the La Canada Country Club for their child to attend the Gollatz Cotillion. Parents are always welcome to remain and observe the Cotillion class if appropriately dressed in business casual attire. It is asked that siblings be with a parent and conversations during the Cotillion are kept to a minimum. The Cotillion dancing is fun and will be a portion of the Cotillion however; the Gollatz Cotillion does not consider itself to be a "dance class". The Gollatz Cotillion recognizes learning and practicing social skills  are beneficial to a child and  will last their lifetime.

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