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 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. The Cotillion membership will be confirmed when you receive your invitation in the mail.
In informational session is held at the beginning of the academic school year. At the meeting dance dates, dress code and conduct, guidelines, PV Assembly, absences, information for dance chaperones and volunteers and 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 enrollment is limited. Not everyone who applies will get an invitation.
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 20 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 self-confidence and self-esteem.” Mr. 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.” Mr. Burgess invites us all to “Come and be a part of the fun and excitement!”