frequently asked questions

Our most common question

How do I register my child for for Dogwood Cotillion?

Each school listed on our site has two Parent Coordinators who make sure all interested families receive a formal invitation to enroll in Dogwood Cotillion. Please contact your school's Parent Coordinators to add your name to the invitation list. If you don't know who your school's Parent Coordinators are, please contact us and we will connect you with the Parent Coordinators at your school.

Will boys have to ask a girl to dance?

No, the class is designed so that no one ever has to ask a partner to dance.

Do girls have to wear a dress?

Yes, a dress or skirt and blouse is the proper attire for the girls.  If this is really a huge problem, wear an oversized top and leggings.  We will allow that only in cases where a young lady refuses to attend because of the dress code.

Do girls need a different dress or skirt and blouse for each class?

No, girls may wear the same dress each week if they like.

Do girls need a white dress for the last class?

No, but we do suggest that the 5th grade girls save their favorite dress for the last night.  That is Parent Night and everyone takes lots of pictures.

Can girls wear their grandmother's white gloves?

Yes, that is perfectly fine.  But we do sell the gloves for $10 on the first night if you don’t already have short white gloves.

Does girls need cowboy (cowgirl) boots for the Western Night?

No. Boots are optional on Western Night.

Do boys have to wear a jacket and tie?

Yes, it is required for the boys.

Can boys wear a sport jacket and khaki pants or does he need a suit?

Suits are not required.  Most boys will be wearing jackets and khakis.

Do most 7th & 8th graders attend the optional dinner?

Every year about 90% - 95% of the students who attend the cotillion classes attend the dinner. We did make the dinner optional because many sports or school performances start about that time of the year.  

If I don’t see my child’s school listed on your website may they still attend?

Yes, we would love to have any student who wants to attend.

If my child is homeschooled which class should he/she attend?

That is your choice according to which time or day works best for you.  Most homeschool students choose to attend with the kids from their neighborhood. 

Can my child attend with an older grade?

We prefer that they stay with their own grade.  There are certain circumstances that will allow it but talk to Brenda Laskey first.

If my child did not attend in 5th grade can he/she attend in 6th grade?

Yes, all years can stand alone.  But just like any sport or dance, you will learn and understand the more years you attend. 

If my child did cotillion once do they need to ever attend again?

That is entirely up to the parents.  The subject matter goes into more depth every year as the students get older.