July Newsletter                                                     2010
In This Issue
"Handshaking 101"
"Decoding a Modern Day Thank You"
"Mad Men Etiquette Lessons"
"Let's Dance!" 2010 Cotillion Information
"The Introductory Course"
Our Latest Blog Post
 "A Handshake Is Worth A Thousand Words"
Forget about the picture, one handshake is all you need to get a good reading into the person inside. The proof was in the pudding during a recent encounter at a yogurt shop just last week. Check out our latest blog for the skinny on all you need to know about handshaking with a few important factoids to boot! Read the complete article here!
 "Text, Email or Write - Decoding A Modern Day Thank You"
Thank You Notes
Buttoned Up, the fabulous organizational website to help you get organized, asked us to be their Guest Guru once again and contribute an article on the art and ritual of writing thank you notes in today's complex world of electronic communication. Read the complete article here!
"Mad Men Etiquette Lessons - Season 4, Episode 1"
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"Mad Men" gave Entourage a run for its money last Sunday night as people everywhere scrambled to get into their seats for the premiere episode of Season Four.  We  couldn't help but get into the action by taking copious notes and sharing our two cents from an etiquette perspective.  For a closer look, click here!
Katie B Photography
Katie B Photography
Katie Botel of Katie B Photography has informed us that she is offering 15% off to Beverly Hills Manners families for sessions scheduled between August 15th and September 15th. This is a great way to get your end of summer/back to school photos taken and get a head start on Holiday Cards! Visit  their website
www.katiebphoto.com for details or email Katie at ktbphoto@aol.com. 
How Did We Not See This One Coming?
Dress for Dinner Napkins 
While we are certainly not advocating casual attire for dinner or foregoing proper napking usage, we will admit we found these  "Dress-for-Dinner" tees to be absolutely hilarious!!  Apparently, we're not the only ones, DailyCandy just posted them on their website this week and they have been selling like hotcakes! For more information, check out www.spoonsisters.com
Table Setting

Exciting news!  Beverly Hills Manners is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Danny Ponickly (see complete bio below), featured instructor in the documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom" and Co-Founder of Ballroom MADNESS, to present the ballroom dance instruction for our upcoming "Let's Dance!" Cotillion!!  If you are looking for an inspired and exciting program aligned to meet the needs of children today, then look no further.  This is our second season and we are more committed than ever to providing the most comprehensive cotillion program in the county.  For more information or to register now, contact 310.276.9078 or email info@beverlyhillsmanners.com. 
Summer is in full swing and we can't believe there are only five weeks left before Labor Day kicks us back to reality.  Although the weather's been gorgeous and we've been tempted to play outside in the sun, it hasn't prevented us from being productive. Earlier this month we completed our "Manners Camp" program, we've been hard at work preparing for Phase II of our mentoring program for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and we have been busy contributing a number of articles to various national outlets.  
While we're on the subject of summer, we thought it would be apropos to feature, Meredith McWatters, President & Founder of Head Above Water Swim School for this month's From the Source article.  Meredith is dispensing great advice on "Pool Etiquette," as well as safety tips and other precautionary measures that are vital to your overall enjoyment. 
Stay cool and make sure to soak up every second!!
Very best,
Lisa Gache
Beverly Hills Manners
"Let's Dance!" Cotillion 2010

CotillionWednesday Evenings
9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 1/12, 2/23, 3/23
Grades 3rd & 4th-5pm to 6:30pm
Grades 5th, 6th & 7th-6:45pm to 8:15pm
With Special Guest Appearances TBD      Beverly Hills Manners  is proud to present season two of our "Let's Dance!" Cotillion, a modernized version of the traditional cotillion more aligned to meet the needs and desires of children today.  Our friendly, interactive and entertaining approach allows  them to absorb the material while recognizing the value and relevancy of these essential life tools. The program which combines dance and etiquette is held once a month on a Wednesday evening beginning in the Fall of 2010 and ending in the Spring of 2011. Limited space is available.  Sign up now!

"The Introductory Course"

Introductory CourseSunday, September 19, 2010
11:00am to 2:00pm
Children Ages 6 to 12
Our most popular class, the "Introductory Course" provides an overview into the world of manners and is full of interaction and practice for your child.  Children are instructed in all aspects of etiquette and protocol while developing fundamental character-building traits such as respect, compassion and common courtesies. In addition to the instruction, a formal dining tutorial portion is taught covering all rules of table and dining etiquette.  Children learn how to set a basic table, the proper way to use their utensils, how to manage specific types of food and beverages and how to initiate and participate in conversation during an actual 5-course meal.  Sign up now!

Meredith McWattersFrom The Source - Pool Etiquette
Meredith McWatters,President/Founder of Head Above Water Swim School
Having manners at the pool is not only important for etiquette but for safety. The most important manners are those that can prevent a drowning or help save a life. Head Above Water is the most expansive swim school in southern California. We have 8 pools up and down the coast and have taught thousands of children to swim in the last nine years.  When at the pool this summer, be sure to keep in mind these very important safety tips.  Read complete article here.
Danny PonicklyDanny Ponickly, Ballroom MADNESS

Daniel Ponickly is the artistic director and co-founder of Ballroom MADNESS, (www.ballroomMADNESS.org) a non-profit, arts-in-education organization, dedicated to teaching children and young adults how to ballroom dance. As featured in the documentary Mad-Hot Ballroom, his program ranges through a variety of dance styles, and focuses on teaching kids how to work together in partnership to achieve their goals. Mr. Ponickly has a long career in ballroom dance performance, whether on stage and television at the 80th Annual Academy Awards as the prince in the Enchanted song nomination presentation, or the Forever Swing international tour. Or in film, dancing with Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile. He has been teaching children ballroom for over a decade, beginning in NYC with American Ballroom Theatre's Dancing Classrooms program and has continued his work in Los Angeles where he has brought his talents to both the Los Angeles and Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School Districts.

Trainer CertificationTrainer Certification

Our 2010 Trainer Certification program dates are finally on the calendar.  Call us to obtain more information or to register now!

Children's Etiquette & Manners Training Program
Monday, September 27th - Wednesday, September 29th or
Social & Business Etiquette Training Program
Monday, October 4th - Wednesday, October 6th
Save 10%
Sign up for season two of our modern day "Let's Dance!" Cotillion program at the Beverly Hills Women's Club.  The 10% discount on registration has been extended to August 15th.   Enter the coupon code AUG15 or attach this coupon to your enrollment form.  Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts! 
Offer Expires: August 15, 2010