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Learning manners and more from the queen of social graces

Betty HuckenpoehlerBy Laura Barnhardt Cech

Although she’s 92, Betty Huckenpoehler doesn’t frown upon the way young people dance today.

But, she tells them, “That’s not going to last a lifetime.”

Teaching ballroom basics and social graces to local youth has been a lifetime mission for Huckenpoehler, director of the Annapolis Cotillion.

“Mrs. H” — as she is best known — has guided generations of local families and Naval Academy midshipman through the formalities of receiving lines and social dances.

“It’s a rite of passage,” she says. “It’s an introduction to being a grown-up.”

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