Junior cotillion director teaches etiquette

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, September 16, 2017

As the director of the National League of Junior Cotillions Lost Colony Chapter, Sydney Dunn is helping area fifth through eighth graders achieve manners, etiquette and social interaction skills.

Music resonates in the upstairs ballroom of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton as cotillion participants donned in dresses and suits learn the choreography of ballroom dance.

“It benefits the community to have well-mannered citizens,” said Dunn.

Dunn started the Lost Colony Chapter last year in Edenton and has expanded to include classes in Dare County this year.

Dunn said she was “impressed” by the participants’ achievements at the end of the first year.

“I grew up outside of Raleigh,” said Dunn. “We had a cotillion chapter I went to in Middle School.”

Recalling the fond memories of her own experiences, Dunn wanted to offer a junior cotillion chapter to area youth.

Dunn said the National League of Junior Cotillions provides the curriculum for the participants. Registration is online and available to “anybody who wants to join.”

Dunn said this year’s classes have already commenced, but parents may contact her to inquire about the availability of enrollment and the waitlist.

Dunn lives in Edenton with her husband, Lee, and their two-year-old son, Bear. Dunn said she expecting her second child in December.

Originally from Wendell, N.C., Dunn returns home to her parents’ farm to help manage their agribusiness once or twice a week.

“It’s such a part of my history,” said Dunn, who is the fourth generation to farm in the area.

Dunn earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in agriculture business from N.C. State University.

Dunn serves on the board of directors of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association and is a member of the N.C. Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers.

Dunn said the best aspect of working in agriculture is “being connected to the land” and “the good people involved.”

For more information about the National League of Junior Cotillions Lost Colony Chapter, visit the Lost Colony Cotillion Facebook page and the National League of Junior Cotillions’ website at http://nljc.com/n/index.php/chapters/lostcolonychapter/group.