National League of Junior Cotillions- The Woodlands Proper Chapter

Junior Cotillion, with a three year curriculum, is designed to give young people instruction and practice in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them; to give them thorough training in standard ballroom dance; and to provide opportunities to practice and enjoy these skills at memorable parties, balls, dinners and events, complete with decorations, refreshments, favors and prizes.

Junior Cotillion places as much emphasis on etiquette, manners and character education as it does on dancing. The social and character education components of the program include rules of proper telephone courtesy, acknowledgments of gifts, introductions, receiving lines, participating in group settings, polite conversation, paying and receiving compliments, sports etiquette, first impressions, dress code for all occasions, manners in the home and in public places, table manners, formal place settings, styles of dining including American, Asian, and Continental, skills involved in being a guest, hostess or host, and many other areas of social behavior. Other topics covered are the ethics involved in the areas of having honor, dignity, respect, honesty, fairness, a caring attitude, accountability, and citizenship. The Junior Cotillion setting encourages young ladies and gentlemen to be comfortable together, make new friends and enjoy themselves. After constant practice in a peer group, young ladies and gentlemen are expected to leave the program with the confidence and poise that comes from knowing the proper etiquette in any social situation. Instruction in dancing and etiquette is given throughout all sessions. NLJC's Dance Program consists of traditional dances such as the Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Shag / Swing, and Waltz; as well as current, popular line dances. Music consists of current top forty hits that have been carefully screened for lyrics and content.

Mission: To act and learn to treat others with honor, dignity and respect for better relationships with our family, friends and business associates later in life and to learn to practice ballroom dance.

Operating as usual

[12/03/20]   Dear Cotillion Families,

We had the opportunity to sit down earlier this week to talk about the plans for the upcoming cotillion season and would like to give you all an update. We thank you for your patience this past year as we did our best to work through all the impacted aspects of our program to make the best decision for your children and their cotillion season.

We have decided to push our 2020-2021 season back to begin Fall 2021. Despite all the extra safety measures we could take during class- gloves, sanitizer, masks, dancing not in closed position, etc- we remain concerned about the classes being in an indoor space for the full class time. The health and safety of all individuals involved in our program is our number one priority. It is also important to us that we only begin a season that we are confident we will be able to finish and, with cases rising, there is concern that our venues will adjust their occupancy rates in a way that our group will no longer be able to use those spaces. Lastly, we both feel passionately about this program and the social graces it teaches through both the dance and etiquette lessons. With all the adjustments to the way we would teach to keep the students 6 feet apart and not touching, we felt that we would lose a paramount and special part of cotillion and that it would not be the program we had put on in the past. Your children (and you!) deserve all The Woodlands Proper Chapter has to offer at its best.

We want to assure you that your registration and payment for this season is secure and that your child’s spot will be held for next fall. If you have not paid yet, we will not be asking for any additional deposits until this spring.

By pushing our season back until next fall, we have hopes of a more normal season which includes a parent reception in late spring/early summer. So stay tuned!

Please, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us. We thank you again for your understanding and support.

Madeline McCrann and Jena McCrann
[email protected] and [email protected]
832.729.3863 and 281.785.8301

National League of Junior Cotillions

Here are two great reminders during this time to be kind and show grace on our service workers.

Check out this incredible edition of Manners Minute from NLJC Directors Lydia Holland and Elaine Poitevint. During these times it is so important to show kindness to those that are helping us. Additionally, we also need to be mindful to display courtesy to all people that we come in contact with. Remember #mannersmatter !

( National League of Junior Cotillions - Hamilton Mill Chapter & The National League of Junior Cotillions Henry County Chapter )

National League of Junior Cotillions

For today's chapter spotlight we would like to introduce you to Jena and Madeline McCrann. These two ladies are co-directors of The Woodlands Proper Chapter in The Woodlands, TX. They have been providing character education to students in their community for the past 6 years! Check out a few highlights from their Spring Ball this past season.

(National League of Junior Cotillions- The Woodlands Proper Chapter)

National League of Junior Cotillions Woodlands Proper - Registration

Good afternoon,

We hope this email finds you and your family doing well. We wanted to send another update about our upcoming cotillion season. We have been in conversation over the best way to proceed during these unprecedented times. It is important to us that we plan our season in a way that keeps all our students healthy while teaching the way our program was intended- including shaking hands, polite conversation, and, of course, the dancing.

We have decided to cancel our May Parent Information Night and have rescheduled it for SEPTEMBER 8!

Our hopeful plan for next season is to host our Parent Information Night for interested parents in early/mid September. We would then push back the start of our season to October and have two classes in October, our Year I Fall Ball and our Year II Instructional Meal in November, two classes in December, our parents Dip Into Dancing early January, and our Grand Ball at the end of January. We are working with the church and the country club and will get you these tentative dates very soon.

Our students health and safety is our priority and should we determine it is unwise to hold our classes in the fall, we will push our season back to have a spring season. Our schedule would then likely be two classes in January, two classes in February, a Year I spring ball and our Year II Instructional Meal in March, our parents Dip Into Dancing early April, and our Grand Ball end of April.

When we do start our program, we will be putting into place more measures to keep us all healthy including, but not limited to: hand washing before shaking the directors hand at the start of class, hand sanitizer after handshakes and before refreshments, directors wearing gloves, parent chaperones wearing gloves during refreshment preparations.

Our usual policy is to offer tuition refunds up until July 1. However, with the uncertainty of our schedule for next season, we will be providing refunds up to one month before the season is set to begin.

We do still anticipate full and fun classes! If you know of anyone who might be interested in our program, please encourage them to register early and online at before formal invitations are sent out. Our availabilities are as follows:

Year I ladies: FULL
Year I gentlemen: 15 availabilities
Year II ladies: 10 availabilities
Year II gentlemen: 10 availabilities

We appreciate your patience and understanding. As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are very much looking forward to starting when we are able and seeing your young ladies and gentlemen.


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The following email was just sent to our currently registered families. Please reach out to us if you are registered but did not receive it!

Good morning,

We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. Please reach out to us at [email protected] or [email protected] if you or a family member fall ill and you need support. We will do our best to help!

We wanted to take a moment to send you an email and touch base about our upcoming season in September. We are very much looking forward to seeing your children in our cotillion classes!

· Our Parent Information Night is currently scheduled for May 13th at 7pm at The Woodlands Country Club, Palmer location, in the library. We will email registered families as well as post a note on our page if this changes.

· With the uncertainty of whether we will actually be able to hold our parent night in May, and because our invitations contain an invitation to said parent night, our paper invitations will likely not be mailed out this spring but rather over the summer.

· HOWEVER, our registration remains OPEN online! Our availability is as follows:

o Year I ladies: FULL

o Year I gentlemen: 15 availabilities

o Year II ladies: 10 availabilities

o Year II gentlemen: 10 availabilities

· If you have friends you believe would be interested in our program, please encourage them to sign up!

· Our schedule for next season will be set and mailed out over the summer. The dates for our large events are as follows:

o Year II Instructional Meal: November 15

o Year I and II Grand Ball: January 31

Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be in touch more in the next few months as our dates are set.


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Grand Ball 2020

Grand Ball 2020

Conversations with the Inspiring Madeline and Jena McCrann - Voyage Houston Magazine | Houston City Guide

Thank you, Voyage Houston magazine for the lovely write up! Today we’d like to introduce you to Madeline and Jena McCrann. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. Jena: As my daughter approached 7th grade, I noted there was not a Junior Cotillion program here in The Woodl...

Proud moment for two of our Year I students!

It was a wonderful day at our Black & White Grand Ball! Here are a few pictures! More to come from our professional photographer! Again, thank you to our families who have allowed us to teach your children! #fiveyearsandcounting #nljcthewoodlandsproperchapter

[02/07/20]   Our Grand Ball is this upcoming Sunday, February 9th at The Woodlands Country Club. We are excited to see all our students at this memorable event! A reminder email was just sent to all current families.

[01/29/20]   Online registration for our 2020-2021 season is now OPEN and starting to fill!

Our Year I class especially fills quickly and historically has run a substantial wait list. If you are interested in having your child participate, we always recommend registering them early to secure a spot!

[01/26/20]   We will see our Year I and Year II students for their final class today. Regular class times at the church; mothers of gentlemen students and fathers of lady students are invited to join us for the last 30 minutes of class for our Parents Dip Into Dancing.

Some more Holly Ball pictures from one of our parent chaperones!

Instructional Meal 2019

Instructional Meal 2019

Holly Ball 2019. SNOW much fun with our students! (*Except it was 81F in Houston today!)

[12/15/19]   Reminder that we will see our Year I students tomorrow for their Holly Ball from 1:00-2:30 PM.

[10/31/19]   We look forward to seeing our students this coming Sunday. Year I 1-2:30, Year II 3-4:30. Ladies, please wear a coat or jacket to class regardless of the weather for one of our lessons.

We had some fun competitions today.. our Year I class learned how to use chopsticks and had a race to move marshmallows from bowl to bowl and our Year II students had a tie tying relay race after practicing how to tie a half Windsor knot!

[10/17/19]   Our third class is coming up this Sunday, Oct 20 at the church.
Year I 1-2:30, Year II 3-4:30.
We look forward to seeing all our students then!

Proud to have worked 5 years for NLJC!

Thank you to each and every individual who has served so diligently as an NLJC Director over the past several seasons. Congratulations to those celebrating their 5th, 15th, 20th, and 25th season of Junior Cotillion! 🎊

And some photos from our Year II class yesterday...

Some photos of our Year I class yesterday taken by a parent chaperone!

[09/27/19]   Our second set of classes is this coming Sunday, September 29th. We look forward to seeing our Year I students 1-2:30 and our Year II students 3-4:30.

Many thanks to one of our wonderful parent chaperones who took these pictures of our Year I class!

The season is off to a great start. We enjoyed meeting new students and seeing our returning Year II students.

Looking forward to next class on September 29!

Our 5th year teaching Junior Cotillion is off to a great start! We are so grateful to teach our students year after year. We are also so thankful to have Emma Grace and Logan return as our Assistants!

[09/06/19]   Good afternoon,

We are looking forward to seeing our Year I students on Sunday from 1-2:30 and our Year II students from 3-4:30 at The Living Word Lutheran Church at 9500 N Panther Creek Dr (** Please Note: this is NOT the Lutheran Church accross from McCullough- it is on the corner of Panther Creek and Lake Woodlands).

Ladies should wear “Sunday best” attire- skirt and top or dress and small heels or flats that are comfortable for dancing. Gentlemen should wear khaki’s, dress shirt and tie, and blazer or a suit for all events.

For parents of ladies, please plan to send $5.00 with your daughter for the cotillion white gloves. We will be wearing them the first class.

We are preparing for the first classes next Sun, Sept. 8th! At this time, our Year I classes are full. We still have roughly 10 spots open for our Year II gentlemen! Hope your children may join us! Here is our link for registration:

It’s almost time for a NEW Junior Cotillion season. Head over to our website to find a NLJC Chapter near you!

[08/27/19]   Less than two weeks until our first class (Sept 8)! A Sign Up Genius for class chaperones and a repeat of pertinent information will be emailed out by the end of this week.

We still have a few remaining spots for Year II Gentlemen! Please encourage any interested families to register quickly before our season begins!

We are about a month away from our first class beginning on September 8th! Register at for our program! We are trying to fill up those gentlemen spots in order to let our wait listed ladies in!

Registration for Fall is open for Year I Gentlemen, and both Year II classes. We currently have a waiting list for our Year I Ladies. Link to register is found at:
Hope your son or daughter may join us beginning September 8th!

[05/09/19]   Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to join us for our Parent Information Night yesterday evening.

Our Year I class is currently running a WAITLIST for ladies but still has open spots for gentlemen. Parents of ladies are still invited to register online and will be notified if a spot opens up!

Our Year II class still has openings for both ladies and gentlemen.

[05/08/19]   Our Parent Information Night is TONIGHT! 7pm at The Woodlands Country Club in the Palmer Library. We look forward to meeting with you!

National League of Junior Cotillions

Happy Friday! Take a look at our newest blog that highlights formal and semi-formal standards of dress! Do you know when to wear what? Click the link below to find out!

We are working on invitations for our 2019-2020 season. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive an invitation, please message us your address and we will get one sent out to you!

2019 Grand Ball

2019 Grand Ball

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