Ridgecrest students are invited to apply for membership to the Ridgecrest Cotillion, a popular middle school activity and a tradition on the Peninsula. Each year, there are eight semi-formal/costume dances with music, decorations, refreshments, and optional costumes. Instruction is provided in basic ballroom dance steps. Students also receive an education in social graces. The year culminates with a Mother/Son - Father/Daughter dance to which one parent is invited (mother and son or father and daughter).
Cotillion membership is limited in class size for safety. An effort will be made to maintain an even boy/girl ratio. Early application submittal is strongly recommended. Completed applications will be prioritized based on the date submitted.
New COVID guildelines will be implemented to help ensure students safety. New guidlelines will include, ALL students (both boys and girls) will wear gloves and masks, individually packaged snacks and beverages, hand sanatizing before eating, and Clorox wiping the name badges before each dance.
The Cotillion membership will be confirmed when you receive your invitation in the mail.
Due to the lapse in Cotillion seasons plus the new COVID guidelines, the orientation meeting will be mandatory for ALL students and a parent to attend.
Please join the Zoom session o September 8, 2021 at 6:00p.m. We will be discussing: Dance dates, dress code and conduct, NEW Covid guidlines, PV Assembly, absences, information for dance chapperones and volunteers and remaining Cotillion Board Member openings.
A formal invitation, will be mailed to the selected Cotillion members at the beginning of the school year. Please know that, due to the Covid restrictions, enrollment is even more limited. Not eveyone who applies will get an invitation. Also, the invitations are sent out in batches, which means that delivery days will vary, so please be patient.
The high school continuation of Cotillion is the Palos Verdes Assembly, a social and philanthropic organization. Acceptance to the Palos Verdes Assembly is predicated on three years participation and attendance in Cotillion. See PV Assembly for more information.
RIS COTILLION MASTER BOBBY BURGESS: Bobby Burgess has been the Cotillion Master for RIS, MIS, PVIS and the high school PV Assembly program for over twenty years. He and his staff have a wonderful time instructing youth and young adults in ballroom dancing, manners and etiquette, in addition to having theme parties, mixers, party games and refreshments. Cotillion is a great place to make new friends. “We want everyone to feel comfortable in a social situation while growing in selfconfidence and self-esteem.” Mr. Burgess’ started his professional career as an original Mouseketeer on Walt Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” and then, for twenty-one seasons, he was part of the ballroom dance team on the “Lawrence Welk Show.” Mr. Burgess invites us all to “Come and be a part of the fun and excitement!”
RIDGECREST COTILLION COORDINATORS for 2021-2022
Melissa McKnight & Shannon Bustos