Children dancing together


The Gollatz Cotillion is an updated Cotillion program for today's youth. We recognize times have changed however the principles of dining skills, good manners and etiquette are never outdated. We Welcome Your Family!

Presented by:
Mrs. Darcee S. Gollatz- Klapp & Mr. Wilbur P. Klapp III, Owners and Directors
Miss Emma Klapp, Director
Mrs. Rudolph, Community Liaison: (562) 746-4396

Hosted at:
Carden Whittier Private School
11537 Grovedale Drive, Whittier

Fourth & Fifth Grade: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grade: 7:15pm to 8:15pm

2015-2016 Season Dates

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Welcome to the Gollatz Cotillion
The Gollatz Cotillion will commence with the instruction in dance, dining skills and etiquette. An array of cheese and crackers will be served to the Cotillion students for their refreshment. Correct Cotillion attire is required.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Dining Skills and Thank You Notes
An array of cheese and crackers will be served to the Cotillion students for their refreshment. During the Cotillion evening the students will be instructed on how to write a correct thank you note. Correct Cotillion attire is required.

Tueday, December 8, 2015
Family and Guest Night
All Grades Combined from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Intended for the enjoyment and participation of the family along with invited guests and siblings. Cotillion attire is required and light refreshments will be served to everyone.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Social Skills and Let's Set the Table
The Cotillion will be instructing correct cutting using a fork and knife with a fun "let's set the table" game and dancing. The evening will also focus on dining skills and where items are located at the table. An array of hors d'oeuvres will be offered to the Cotillion students. Correct attire is required.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Grand Gala Dinner and Dancing at the Friendly Hills Country Club
8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier 90605

What a enjoyable way to conclude the Cotillion season with an array of dances and dinner served which includes: salad, sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with vegetables, dinner rolls, and chef's choice for dessert. We will also review the many manners and social skills instructed throughout the year. Please inform the office of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

A family does not need to be a member of the country club or have their child attend school at Carden to participate in the Gollatz Cotillion program in Whittier.

About the Cotillion Program
The Gollatz Cotillion cordially invites your child to attend the Whittier Cotillion. The Gollatz Cotillion is a modern program that recognizes though times have progressed: the basic principles of good manners and etiquette remain unchanged. A child who joins the Cotillion will be instructed in social manners, conduct, poise, and confidence. Your child will have fun at the Gollatz Cotillion learning dining etiquette and easy to follow dance steps, all in a fun party atmosphere. In the month of March the Cotillion will offer a gala dinner and dance evening at the exclusive Friendly Hills Country Club with a complete dinner served to each Cotillion student. The complete dinner service will include salad, sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with vegetables, dinner rolls, and dessert along with important dining instruction.

The instruction blends traditional ballroom dances (waltz, fox trot, cha cha) with contemporary dances
(swing, line dancing and special fun theme dances). Some of the many manners instructed include
conversations, eye-contact, the handshake, giving the toast, the place setting, dining skills, how to tie a necktie, electronic devices and so much more.

The Gollatz Cotillion registrations are always on first come-first reserved basis, there is never a legacy list that receives priority so all feel welcome. To achieve a balanced class, at times, we must resort to placing children on a waiting list.

Correct Cotillion attire is required at all Cotillion meetings. The boys are required to wear a suit or blazer, necktie, dress pants, dark socks and dress shoes. The girls are required to wear a semi-formal party dress with dress shoes with a back strap, no casual sandals will be accepted.

The Gollatz Cotillion does not consider itself to be a "dance class" although dancing is fun and a portion of the Cotillion. It is our belief that instruction in dining skills and social manners is more beneficial to your child. (A family does not need to be a member of Friendly Hills Country Club or be a student of the Carden Whittier Private School to participate in the Cotillion).

To learn more please visit the Gollatz Cotillion website.

To see more photos of cotillion please visit our Cotillion album on our Carden School Facebook page.