Registration for the 2018 Opera Omaha Guild Cotillion classes are closed.

Registration for the 2019 Opera Omaha Guild Cotillion classes will open this summer. If you would like to be added to an email list to receive updates, please contact Rebecca Ihnen at

The Opera Omaha Guild 2018 Cotillion Committee cordially invites all Omaha metropolitan area sixth graders to participate in a class in dining, dancing, and social amenities instruction.

The Opera Omaha Guild sponsors Cotillion. This is a benefit for Opera Omaha and each Cotillion student’s name will appear in an Opera Omaha season program book.

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. This will be the 32nd consecutive season for the Opera Omaha Cotillion.

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 grade for the 2018/2019 school year are invited to participate.

Dance and Dinner Classes

The classes, which consist of dancing, etiquette, and dining, are held every Sunday for a consecutive 6-week period. The dates for the 2018 Cotillion classes are as follows:

September 16, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 30, 2018
October 07, 2018
October 14, 2018
October 21, 2018

The cotillion dance, etiquette and dinner classes are held at 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.

Students are required to attend a one-time-only dinner preparation class. The dinner classes are offered at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on September 23 - October 14. When registering, be sure to select a dinner class that is different from your selected dance class time.

Classes will be held at the Omaha Marriott, located at 10220 Regency Circle in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cost is $265 per child. This includes the six (6) classes, one dinner preparation class and the child's attendance to the Graduation Dinner Event.


Parents are invited and encouraged to chaperone one class.

Graduation Dinner Dance

Cotillion Graduation will be held at the CenturyLink Center on October 27, 2018. Graduation will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Parents who plan to attend the Graduation Dinner Event will be required to purchase a $95 ticket per person.


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

Sunday, January 27, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Happy Hollow Club

This optional Reunion Party is for fall 2018 students only (no adults). Invitations with additional information will be sent electronically. Tickets are $40 per student.

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.

Cotillion Graduation