WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Some things are different than they used to be. "We are sensitive to changing mores," Cole acknowledges. "Today, girls initiate dances equally with boys." The mode of invitation has had to comply with modern times. Until just a few years ago, over a thousand invitations were sent out to students by mail and Cole hand addressed every one. Current privacy laws have eliminated this option, and the program relies on reputa- tion, word of mouth, and email for enrollment. Cole notes another change over the years. She says, "We have stead- fastly worked hard to eliminate the idea that it's elite—an exclusive thing only for certain types of people. It's very important to us that every child has the opportunity to participate. "While cotillions and social dance clubs were once aspirational, Cole and Mason have always felt strongly that invitations to Boston Assemblies should be extended to all age-appropriate students, not just a select group. To encourage this, partial and full scholarships are available. A few manners certainly can't hurt tweens, and the art of decorum will be useful down the road when they are looking for first jobs and internships and are starting careers. Cole opines: "Courtesy, civility, respect are probably the most forgotten elements of success." One can hardly argue with that. While imparting social graces may sound like serious business, Cole and Mason place an emphasis on fun. Cole notes, "The kids aren't com- ing for the fox trot; they're coming to be with their friends. We want them to love it. Our first goal is for them to have a great experience." Though the traditional dances are the core of the program, don't be surprised to see the Whip/Nae Nae happening too. Cole finds herself on YouTube regularly, looking for the latest dances to include in classes. 50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 Boston Assemblies " W E H A V E S T E A D F A S T L Y W O R K E D H A R D T O E L I M I N A T E T H E I D E A T H A T I T ' S E L I T E — A N E X C L U S I V E T H I N G O N L Y F O R C E R T A I N T Y P E S O F P E O P L E . " – S U S A N C O L E –

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