2021 - 2022 Cotillion

In response to the delta variant and recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the Opera Omaha Guild has made the difficult, but necessary decision to postpone Cotillion. The safety of the students is of the utmost importance and therefore, the basis to postpone the event as many participants are not eligible for vaccination.

If you have already registered, your child's registration fee will be rolled over and we will confirm dance and dinner class times individually. If you are unable to participate and you would like to request a refund, or you have any questions, please email Rebecca Ihnen at rihnen@operaomaha.org.

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The Opera Omaha Guild Cotillion Committee cordially invites all Omaha metropolitan area sixth and seventh graders to participate in a class in dining, dancing, and social amenities instruction.

The Opera Omaha Guild sponsors Cotillion. This is a benefit for Opera Omaha and each Cotillion student’s name will appear in an Opera Omaha season program book.

Cotillion – French word for formal ball – combines fundraising for Opera Omaha with lessons in social skills “disguised” as a dance class for sixth graders throughout Omaha. A popular tradition through the 1960’s, Cotillion died out in the 1970’s. The revival of Cotillion began in 1983 and has been popular ever since. This will be the 34th consecutive season for the Opera Omaha Cotillion.

The primary purpose of each Cotillion class is to provide the opportunity for each student to mature socially. Students learn the art of dining in a formal setting, communicating, being a proper guest as well as a host/hostess, and ballroom dancing. The emphasis will be on helping students learn how to meet new people and how to get along with others; the learning of dance steps is incidental.

Who Can Attend

All children in the Omaha area who will be enrolled in the 6th or 7th grade are invited to participate.

Dance and Dinner Classes

Each student will attend five dance instruction classes and one dinner class as listed below. When enrolling your student, make sure the dinner class time does not conflict with the dance class.

Dance Instruction Class Dates & Times:
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 5:45 - 6:45 p.m., or 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 20, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Optional Make-up Class: Sunday, March 27, 2022

Dinner Class Dates & Times:
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. or 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, February 27, 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Classes will be held at the Omaha Marriott, located at 10220 Regency Circle in Omaha, Nebraska.

The cost is $265 per child. This includes the dance classes, dinner class, and the child's attendance to the Graduation Dinner Event.


Parents are invited and encouraged to chaperone one class. You will be able to sign up online before the first class. Sign up link to come!

Graduation Dinner Dance

Cotillion Graduation will be held at the Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista Hotel on Friday, April 1, 2022. Graduation will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Parents will receive a separate invitation and are encouraged to attend. Those who plan to attend the Graduation Dinner Event will be required to purchase a $95 ticket per person.


Girls wear school dresses or skirts and dress shoes (no tennis shoes or sandals and no high heels over two inches). Boys wear long sleeved dress shirts, slacks, and socks. Cords are fine. No sweatpants or sweatshirts. No tennis, athletic or sandal type shoes are allowed. Crepe-soled shoes (topsiders) are acceptable. Graduation Dinner Event attire consists of party dresses for the girls, coats, and ties for the boys.

Cotillion Reunion Party

The Reunion Party will take place in 2022. More details to come.

History of Cotillion

In 1985, the first Cotillion classes of dance and etiquette began for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. As these classes grew, the format was changed to include only 6th graders. In ensuing years this activity has become a prime source of dancing, social graces, and fun for the young people. Throughout the 33 years of Cotillion classes, this program has grown from a beginning number of 120 students to over 300 in 2011. Many recent students are second generation attendees - their parents being some of the earlier graduates. Cotillion Reunion was introduced three years ago as way for former alumnae to re-connect and celebrate with friends.

Cotillion Graduation