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The Cotillion Dance Club is a group of Lehigh Valley Couples who enjoy Formal Dinner Dances four times a year, starting back in 1959!

These dances are held at local ballrooms and country clubs in the area.  They always include live music, dinner & dancing.

Dress is Formal for these elegant evenings.  Tuxedos for the men, long gowns for the ladies.

Walt Hafner, President  610-262-1478
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Cotillion – some definitions and history…

from Wikidictionary

cotillion

Circa 1750, in the sense of the dance, from French cotillon, originally “petticoat”, extended to the dance because of the distinctive lift of dress revealing the petticoat, from cotte + -illon ((diminutive)). Said to derive from the then popular song «Ma commere, quand je danse, Mon cotillion va-t-il bien».
cotillion (plural cotillions)
  1. bold dance performed in groups of eight where ladies lift their skirts to display their ankles  [quotations ▼]
  2. The music regulating the cotillion.  [quotations ▼]
  3. A coming-of-age party meant to present girls newly transitioned into womanhood to the community for courtship
  4. A kind of woollen material for women’s skirts.

From Wikipedia

In American usage, a cotillion is a formal ball and social gathering, often the venue for presenting débutantes during the débutante season – usually May through December. Cotillions are also used as classes to teach social etiquette, respect and common morals for the younger ages with the possibility of leading up to a débutante ball. For different places, there are different cotillions. Today most cotillions are for middle schoolers as a chance to teach manners and etiquette, and also are a time to socialize with friends at after parties. The after parties at cotillion usually feature food, drinks, and music.

The cotillion is a type of patterned social dance that originated in France in the 18th century. It was originally made up of four couples in a square formation, the forerunner of the quadrille; in the United States the square dance, where the “figures” are called aloud by the caller, is a form of rural contredanse that also descended from the urban cotillion. Its name, from French cotillon, “petticoat“, reflected the flash of petticoats as the changing partners turned. The cotillion, of repeated “figures” interspersed with “changes” of different figures to different music,[1] was one of many contredanses where the gathered participants were able to introduce themselves and to flirt with other dancers through the exchange of partners within the formation network of the dance. By the 19th century, the cotillion evolved to include more couples with many complex dance figures.
In British usage, cotillion has disappeared, save in French or historical contexts.[2] Cotillions were introduced in London about 1766[3] by French dancing masters. They came to America in about 1772. There is a reference to a dance in the French manner, implying a ‘cotillon’, in John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera of 1728, where the low-life characters of London dance in imitation of the fashions of the wealthy.[4] There is also a reference in Robert Burns‘s 1790 poem, Tam o’ Shanter, where upon seeing a group of witches and warlocks dancing they are described to the reader as “Nae cotillion brent-new frae France”.