Debutante ball

A debutante ball is a formal ball that includes presenting debutantes during the season, meaning usually during the spring or summer.

Debutante balls may require prior instruction of social etiquette, and appropriate morals.

In the United Kingdom, the tradition with debutantes ceremoniously presented at the British royal court during Queen Charlotte's Ball was discontinued by Queen Elizabeth II in 1958. The ball was revived in the 2000s under the patronage of the Duke of Somerset.

In contemporary United States, most cotillion balls are for middle schoolers as a chance to teach manners, and also are a time to socialize with friends at after-parties. The after-parties at cotillion usually feature food, drinks, and music.[1][2][3]

In Australia, this practice has mostly disappeared in cities, but in rural areas, it remains a strong tradition and has become something unique. Girls dress up in flowing white dresses, boys don sharp black suits, and for weeks beforehand they come together to learn ballroom dancing in the lead-up to the event.

See also


  1. "NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. "Gollatz Cotillion & Social Programs". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  3. "JDW Cotillions & Social Education Programs". Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
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