The Internet’s leading institute on etiquette and taste… teaching modern grace and timeless style to women around the world.
Balissande Finishing School is a modern adaptation to traditional finishing schools of the past. It cuts through the pomp and circumstance and brings finishing school into the world of technology – accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Balissande offers lessons, exercises, and tips on various subjects including etiquette, social skills, self-empowerment, house management, cultural diversity, luxurious living, the arts, history, style, and museums around the world. Its focus is to cultivate kindness and tolerance across the globe, one student at a time.
Daughters of finishing school graduates, descendants of politicians, hostesses of royals, presidents, politicians, diplomats, and their families – our team of professionals are the finest in the fields of etiquette, travel, fashion, art, and language. Their varied experiences and curation skills bring Balissande Finishing School high levels of sophistication, savoir-vivre, and insight. Together they work to teach the importance of social etiquette and multi-cultural understanding. They also work to prepare students for their roles as professionals and role models.
August 2019: Our 10 Week Deportment course is now available for enrollment.
August 2019: We discontinued our older courses and will be bringing you new ones soon.
May 2019: We added a boutique section the site. Here we will post elegant and classic fashion items you can purchase on the web. This section is currently not connected to any affiliate marketing or retail fashion company.
April 2019: The dates for balls around the world in the article, Events 2019: The Viennese Ball, have been updated.
April 2019: The online course, How To Design & Host Dinners, is now open to enrollment
April 2019: Two new online course have been added to our internet classroom. They are Elegant Deportment: an 8 Week Course and How to Write, Send and Reply to Dinner Invitations.
March 2019: The online course, How To Design & Host Dinners, will temporarily be closed to enrollment.
January 11, 2019: If you haven’t already, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram: @balissandefinishingschool. This is the social media account we are currently the most active on. There, we post several times a week: art lessons, etiquette rules, savoir-faire tips, and random tid-bits every lady should know.
January 7, 2019: A member created a new blog called: Rising Venus: Curating Love, Beauty, and Light with the purpose of helping others “re-gain the romance, softness, and innocence of youth”. If you want to become more feminine, be inspired, or bring more love into your life, we recommend you follow the blog.
January 1, 2019: We are adding new subjects this year to the site. They will be posted sporadically in the upcoming months. Subjects include Finance, Politics, Events, and Charity. We are trying to share knowledge that we believe is important for the advancement of ladies – socially, professionally, financially, and emotionally. If you have any suggestions, please send us a message.
December 2018: The online course, How To Design & Host Dinners, is now available for enrollment.
November 16, 2018: Many articles on fashion and wardrobe styling were deleted.
November 13, 2018: Announcement… changes on the way!
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