New NLJC Director Named in Sumner County, TN

CHARLOTTE, NC –The National League of Junior Cotillions has announced the
appointment of Kari Knowlton as the new NLJC Director for the Greater Sumner County
Chapter in Tennessee.

The National League of Junior Cotillions program, which features character
education, etiquette, and social dance training for fifth through eighth-grade students,
includes five classes and two Balls over an eight-month period.

The purpose of the National League of Junior Cotillions program is to give
students instruction in ballroom dance and practice in the social courtesies needed for
better relationships with their family and friends. Students actively learn life skills
through a creative method employing role-playing, skits, and games.

The social behavior component ranges from rules of conversation to formal and
informal table manners. In addition to the usual courtesies connected with dancing,
etiquette instruction is also provided with regards to the following: acknowledgment of
gifts, behavior at cultural and civic events, correspondence, interaction in groups,
introductions, paying and receiving compliments, receiving lines, sportsmanship, sports
etiquette, instructional dinners, telephone courtesy, and many other areas of social

The National League of Junior Cotillions’ setting will encourage children to be
comfortable together, to make new friends, and to enjoy themselves. Communication
skills learned by young ladies and gentlemen in a peer group setting provide graduating
students with increased confidence and poise in social situations.

Kari lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Todd and together they have
a son, Chaney. Kari is a Samford University graduate, was a member of the Phi Mu
Fraternity, and now serves as the president of the Samford Nashville Alumni Chapter.
She formerly served as the chaplain for the Boy Scouts of America, Troops 700 and 911.
Additionally, she is a member of her local Junior League Chapter and the Hendersonville
Chamber of Commerce. Kari and her family attend Calvary United Methodist Church.
When asked about her decision to become a NLJC Director, Kari shared that, “The
National League of Junior Cotillions has held a significant role in the my family’s life for
several years. Over the course of completing both years of Junior Cotillion and serving as
a student assistant throughout High School, the impact that NLJC has made on my son,
Chaney, has been long-lasting. I am excited to have the opportunity to provide this same
character development training and overall pivotal experience to the students in my

The National League of Junior Cotillions is headquartered in Charlotte, North
Carolina, where the program was established in 1979. There are now over 400 chapters in
27 states across the country, involving thousands of students. President Charles Anthony
Winters said, “We are delighted to see this training begin in Greater Sumner County. It
has had a great impact on the self-esteem and social development of young people across
the country.”

If you would like to know more about the program, please contact Kari Knowlton
at (615)-585-9958 or, National Headquarters at 1-800-633-
7947, or visit our award-winning website at

Blog Search