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.
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.
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