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Elbows off the table, close your mouth when you chew: Charm schools are making a comeback

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Roslyn Rolan watches as Isabella Safdie arranges a dinner setting. (Photograph by Elaine Santana)

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Andrea De La Cruz practicing her walk as Natalie Delgado (left) and Isabella Safdie (right) watch. (Photograph by Elaine Santana)

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Natalie Delgado, Andrea De La Cruz and Isabella Safdie watch as Rolan shows them how to sit. (Photograph by Elaine Santana)

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They used to be relics of the past, along with the tea parties, cotillions, and high-society soirees they evoked. But charm schools are making a comeback as an increasing number of people, especially teenage girls, are signing up to learn how to walk, talk and eat with class.


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