Favorite anchor and journalist Ms. Vicki Liviakis features Manners in Motion® on San Francisco's KRON 4 feature segment
For eight weeks, give your child a fun, weekly break from texting and Instagram.
Enroll in Manners in Motion®, a modern-day equivalent of the Cotillion.
It’s an age-appropriate way to teach your child the fundamentals of social dancing, dining etiquette, and social interaction.
Social partner dancing and good manners never go out of style!
Conceived and directed by
Bay Area Choreographer and Instructor
For the past 15 years, Cynthia has inspired thousands of middle schoolers in the Bay Area. Cynthia and her partner A.C. Griffing were the instructors at Belvedere Tiburon's Cotillion program for ten years. Now, with Manners in Motion®, they bring a whole new level of fun, glamour, and excitement to classic Cotillion instruction. The program features an innovative teaching technique developed by Cynthia Glinka.
Sessions are taught in a supportive, non-competitive environment that integrates social group awareness with a sense of style, grace, and fun.
Social Partner Dancing takes an entertaining and inspiring approach with an emphasis on appropriate boundaries of touch and mutual respect. Students learn how to ask for and accept a dance, escort a partner to-and-from the dance floor, and how to identify different musical tempos.
Etiquette Evening is a fun, entertaining way to give your child confidence and poise.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Dining and Discourse explores the art of table manners and the basics of social interaction. From when to turn-off their cell phones to knowing which water glass is theirs. All in a formal setting. A delicious three-course meal and refreshments will be served.
These lessons can be applied to everyday life, from learning to keep one’s elbows off the table to writing a thoughtful thank you note.
Manners in Motion® is inspired by Cynthia Glinka's real-life experiences.
During one of her earlier sessions, Cynthia noticed that some of the dancers weren’t responding. They slumped, yawned, and were easily distracted. The students’ body language and bored expressions made it clear that dressing-up and going to a gym to learn dancing wasn’t exactly their idea of a good time.
That’s when Cynthia had an idea. She told the kids, “Pretend we’re in a MOVIE… you’re an actor or actress… you just came from the Wardrobe Department... quiet on the set… places… rolling… ACTION!”
Immediately, the kids’ attitudes and demeanor shifted. They danced with a spring in their step. Their posture improved as they smiled “for the camera.”
According to Cynthia, “The transformation was dramatic – it was just amazing!”
Customized Programs and Parties!
Manners in Motion® programs can be tailored to the needs of your community. Workshops, parties, and custom programs are available.
For eight fun-filled weeks, students learn dancing and etiquette while acting their “roles” as movie performers! They learn to behave “on the set”, get coached on proper “wardrobe”, and practice being poised in front of the camera.
On the Dance Floor
Looking the Part
Dining Do's and Don'ts
A.C. Griffing directs and offers guidance at the dining table
Knot Too Tricky
Students learn the art of how to tie a necktie.
Families Dancing Together
Family members are invited to join our students to learn the tips and tricks of social partner dancing, so you can enjoy dancing with your "star" at the Red Carpet Gala.
Red Carpet Gala
Ladies and gentlemen demonstrate their newly acquired dance and social skills to the sounds of live music, plus enjoy a buffet dinner.
Manners in the Mail
Even in the age of email, thank you notes still matter. Young people learn the importance of sending thoughtful, handwritten notes.
Imagine the excitement as youngsters unplug their iPods and dance to a live band! It will be an “Opening Night” to remember!
Manners in Motion with Jan Wahl on KRON 4
Manners in Motion Evening Magazine
Cynthia’s giving cotillion a whole new spin
Cotillion - Re^Defined. A short film on the history of Cotillion
Cynthia Glinka was asked by Tam High students to address the current trends. Conclusion - cotillion is a thing of the past. And into the future with Glinka's Manners in Motion, a new spin on Cotillion. Produced and Directed by Maddy Ball, Kai Brewer,
Dekoa Field, and Tara Salisbury.