Now Accepting Enrollment for the Fall 2020-2021 Cotillion Season

Cotillion for South Orange County

The Gollatz Cotillion & Life Skills 

Location of the Cotillion Events:

The Mission Viejo Country Club

26200 Country Club Drive, Mission Viejo, CA. 92691

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:

Third and Fourth Grade:    5:00pm to 6:00pm

 Fifth and Sixth Grade:        6:15pm to 7:15pm

Cotillion Fee $318.00

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Gollatz Cotillion is a private invitation social program. The Gollatz Cotillion is an updated instructional manners class 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 Mission Viejo  Country Club. * Please note below the additional instruction for fifth & sixth grade students.


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 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 ~ How to set a table correctly and so much more. 

**New for 5th & 6th Grade - The Gollatz Experience Provides Unique Instructional Programs  

The Gollatz Cotillion provides instruction in social manners and simple "Cotillion style" dance steps to both boys and girls. In today's ever changing society and technology, the Mission Viejo Cotillion Board has chosen to go beyond the “Cotillion program” for fifth and sixth grade students and will now offer important basic self-defense and escape techniques in place of Family Night. This event will help make your child more observant of their surroundings as they learn "command presence". Parents are encouraged by the Instructors and compelled to be involved in their child's social media choices. The event will be led by guest Instructors that are highly qualified. 

 2020 - 2021 Cotillion Dates

Thursday, October 8, 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. Refreshments 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

​Thursday, October 29, 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.  Refreshments  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

​Thursday, November 19, 2020 ~ The Dinner & Dance (all grade levels) ~ The Cotillion children will be combined from 6:00pm to 7:15pm. A complete buffet dinner will be served to all grade level students with dining instruction integrated with fun.  The dinner will include a salad, main dish, dinner rolls and a dessert. The standard attire is required. The dinner will only be served to the Cotillion students who will be separated at the tables by grades. (If tardy, the Cotillion cannot guarantee the child to be placed near “friends”). *see dress code

​​​Thursday, December 3, 2020 ~ Thank You Notes & Dining Skills ~ While having fun, the Cotillion students will learn how to write a thank you note while practicing their learned skills integrated with Cotillion style dances. Refreshments will be served to the Cotillion students. The standard Cotillion attire is required of all Cotillion members. *Sixth Grade - Additional instruction: addressing an envelope. *see dress code

​​Thursday, January 14, 2021 ~ Family Night Offered to the 3rd & 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

Thursday, January 14, 2021 ~ Basic Self  Defense Offered to the 5th & 6th Grade Only ~ In today's ever changing society and technology, the Mission Viejo Cotillion has chosen to go beyond the “Cotillion program” for fifth and sixth grade students and will now offer important basic self-defense and escape techniques. This event will help make your child more observant of their surroundings as they learn "command presence". This event will be led by guest Instructors (two specialized Police Officers that are highly experienced). *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 Mission Viejo 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. There will be a "cash bar" located in the ballroom for the convenience of our guests. 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.

The Cotillion families and guests are NOT allowed in the "Mission Viejo Members Only" bar and dining area. It is requested by the country club that our families must stay within the Cotillion area before, during and after each of our events.    


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