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RIS Cotillion

Under the direction of Mr. Bobby Burgess

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 by grade 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 Parent/Adult and Child dance to which one Parent/Adult is invited.

Cotillion membership is limited in class size for safety. Volunteers from PV Assembly volunteer their time to help maintain an even boy/girl ratio. Early application submittal is strongly recommended. Completed applications will be prioritized based on the date submitted.


A formal invitation will be mailed to the selected Cotillion members at the beginning of the school year. Please know that enrollment is limited. Not everyone who applies will get an invitation. 

If you have registered your child for Cotillion, you will only be able to pay for Cotillion once you've registered and paid for a Booster Club Membership. Once you do register and pay for Booster, you will receive an email from Cotillion with a direct link to electronically pay for Cotillion. We must receive payment for Both Booster and Cotillion by the 1st dance, or your child(ren) may not attend. The fee for Cotillion will be listed in the invitation. Cotillion membership is limited in space. The sixth grade often reaches full capacity, so not everyone will receive an invitation.

If you have NOT already completed a membership request for Cotillion, and wish to do so for the 2023-2024 Cotillion Season, please go to the Ridgecrest website:, click on the Booster Club tab, click on the Cotillion tab and complete the Cotillion Registration Form. All information pertaining to Cotillion is on the registration form. 

A mandatory orientation is held at the beginning of the academic school year. Dance dates, dress code and conduct, guidelines, PV Assembly, absences, information for dance chaperones and volunteers and Cotillion board member openings will be discussed.

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.


Mr. Bobby Burgess started his professional career as an original Mouseketeer on Walt Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” and then, for 21 seasons, he was part of the ballroom dance team on the “Lawrence Welk Show.” He has been the Cotillion master for RIS, MIS, PVIS and the PV High School Assembly programs for over 20 years. He and his staff have a wonderful time instructing youth and young adults in ballroom dancing, manners and etiquette. Cotillion is a great place to make new friends while enjoying themed dances, party games, dance contests, and refreshments. “We want everyone to feel comfortable in a social situation while growing in self-confidence and self-esteem.” 

Ridgecrest Cotillion Coordinator for 2023-2024

Sandy Melnick

2023-2024 registration opens May 1.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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