Welcome to Town & Country Cotillion
Our goal at Town & Country Cotillion is to teach your child ballroom dance in a organized, professional, yet fun environment. Our program teaches the importance of social etiquette among young ladies and gentlemen, while at the same time instilling in the students a feeling of rhythm and an enjoyment of social dancing. At Town & Country Cotillion we emphasize the values of kindness, courtesy and mutual respect.
For over 50 years, Town & Country Cotillion has been held at The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club in a near West End neighborhood with easy access from major highways and ample parking. There are eight instructional dances which take place from September through March of the 6th grade year. The dances are held approximately once a month on Friday or Saturday evenings and vary between formal, semiformal and various theme dances. The children are taught the dance steps from our professional instructor and are given opportunities to practice what they have learned with many different partners. As the year progresses, the children grow more confident with their dancing ability and more comfortable with each other. It is important to us to stay current and relevant in our dances and music choices so our students can relate to and use what they have learned during Cotillion.
Cotillion is offered to boys and girls in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Our students come from both private and public schools throughout the Richmond and surrounding areas. We work closely with parent representatives from the various schools to organize a group of boys and girls from their child’s grade.
Town & Country Cotillion is a locally owned business. It was founded in 1961 by four partners, including Nancy Butcher Leake, the mother one of the current owners, Laura Leake Brown. Cotillion has taken place at the Tuckahoe Woman's Club since its inception. It is currently owned by Laura Brown and Suzanne Hoffman, both children of former owners - a true family tradition!
Meet the Directors
Laura Leake Brown
Town and Country Cotillion was started in 1961 by Laura’s mother and 3 close friends. As a child, Laura attended cotillion and worked as a helper at cotillion when she was in high school. Laura graduated from St. Catherine’s School and Hollins University. She and her husband, Charlie have lived in Richmond for over 20 years where they raised their 3 grown children, all of whom participated in Town and Country Cotillion. “Cotillion has been a part of my life since I can remember. My mother was one of the original founders, I attended this cotillion as a student, worked as a helper, and all 3 of my children participated in the program and worked as helpers. I have been a daughter of an owner, a parent of children who attended and now I am running the program. I feel as if I know the business from all sides and I am proud that this wonderful Richmond tradition is as strong as it was over 40 years ago. Many of our current parents sending their children to our cotillion also came when they were in middle school – we are on our second generation!”
Laura became a partner in Town and Country Cotillion in 2001. In addition to being a partner in Cotillion, Laura has been a 25 year employee at St. Christopher’s School where she works as a secretary.
Suzanne Moncure Hoffman
Suzanne attended Town & Country from 6th to 8th grade while attending The Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. She later enjoyed working there as Dance Assistant and Dance Leader. Her mother, Nancy Moncure was a owner for over 20 years. When her mother decided to retire, Suzanne was a natural to become a sponsor and follow in her mother’s footsteps.
Suzanne attended the University of Oregon where she received a BS degree in Psychology. She worked as an elementary teacher for over ten years. Currently, Suzanne and her husband Matt live in Bon Air with their three school age children, two of whom are currently involved with Cotillion.
“As a parent of both elementary and middle school children, I am particularly concerned about what sort of activities my children participate in. Today there are many different extracurricular options for our children, so I make an effort to choose for them those activities that will make a difference in their development. What is important to me as a parent and owner, is that we offer a safe, positive social experience for middle school boys and girls. In our program we reinforce the manners you are teaching at home and directly practice those skills through ballroom dancing."
Sandy Yeon, Dance Instructor
Sandy Yeon, our professional ballroom dance instructor, has been with our cotillion for the past 15 years. Her experience with children and her ability to make the students feel successful while learning the basic steps, rhythm and dance, combine to make a fun and constructive night for our students.
Sandy has over 25 years of teaching experience, is a Virginia State Theatrical Champion, a US Pro Am Ballroom and Latin Champion, and has won numerous teaching awards throughout the country.
Sandy has three sons; including twin boys currently participating in our program. Her professional dance background and experience with today’s youth combine to make her a real asset to our program. In addition, her humor with her relaxed, knowledgeable style of teaching make the children feel comfortable, even as they are put in these new social situations.
For information about private dance lessons, please contact Sandy at 804.426.4228.