Opera Omaha Guild Cotillion
The Opera Omaha Guild cordially invites all Omaha Metropolitan area sixth and seventh graders to participate in a class of dining, dancing, and social graces. The classes will take place on Sundays starting on October 2, 2022, and ending on November 6, 2022, with the Graduation Event on Saturday, November 12, 2022.
Cotillion – French word for formal ball – combines fundraising for Opera Omaha with lessons in social skills “disguised” as a dance class for sixth graders throughout Omaha. A popular tradition through the 1960’s, Cotillion died out in the 1970’s. The revival of Cotillion began in 1983 and has been popular ever since.
The primary purpose of each Cotillion class is to provide the opportunity for each student to mature socially. Students learn the art of dining in a formal setting, communicating, being a proper guest as well as a host/hostess, and ballroom dancing. The emphasis will be on helping students learn how to meet new people and how to get along with others; the learning of dance steps is incidental.
Who Can Attend
All children in the Omaha area who will be enrolled in the 6th or 7th grade are invited to participate.
Dance and Dinner Classes
Each student will attend six dance instruction classes and one dinner class. When enrolling your student, make sure the dinner class time does not conflict with the dance class.
Dance and Dinner Instruction Class Dates & Times:
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 5:45 - 6:45 p.m., or 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Sunday, November 6, 2022 (Review Class)
Classes will be held at the Omaha Marriott, located at 10220 Regency Circle in Omaha, Nebraska. The registration cost is $280.
Parents are invited and encouraged to chaperone one class. Sign up to come!
Graduation Dinner Dance
Cotillion Graduation will be held at the Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista Hotel on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Graduation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dress is semi-formal.
The cost is $125 per adult. A separate invitation will be sent out for this event.
Girls wear school dresses or skirts and dress shoes (no tennis shoes or sandals and no high heels over two inches). Boys wear long sleeved dress shirts, slacks, and socks. Cords are fine. No sweatpants or sweatshirts. No tennis, athletic or sandal type shoes are allowed. Crepe-soled shoes (topsiders) are acceptable. Graduation Dinner Event attire consists of party dresses for the girls, coats, and ties for the boys.
Cotillion Reunion Party
The Reunion Party for the Spring 2022 Cotillion will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Happy Hollow Club. Registration is now open!
History of Cotillion
In 1985, the first Cotillion classes of dance and etiquette began for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. As these classes grew, the format was changed to include only 6th graders. In ensuing years this activity has become a prime source of dancing, social graces, and fun for the young people. Throughout the 33 years of Cotillion classes, this program has grown from a beginning number of 120 students to over 300 in 2011. Many recent students are second generation attendees - their parents being some of the earlier graduates. Cotillion Reunion was introduced three years ago as way for former alumnae to re-connect and celebrate with friends.