Quinceañera also called quince años or quince, is the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday celebrated in Latin America and all over the world. This constitutes a ceremony on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood and give thanks to God for his blessings and thus presenting her as a young woman to the community.
The Quinceanera tradition is believed to have started when the Spanish conquerors brought the tradition to Mexico and others say the tradition originated with the Aztecs. In any event the Quinceanera celebration is a Hispanic tradition associated with Mexican, central and South American cultures.
The Quinceanera celebration is traditional in nature and usually begins with a religious ceremony. A Reception is held in the home or a banquet hall. The celebration include food, music a choreographed waltz or dance performed by the Quinceanera and her Court.
The traditional Quinceanera will choose special friends to participate in what is called the Court of Honor. She will pick young people who are her closest friends, brothers, sisters, and all the special people in her life with whom she wants to share the spotlight in her age group. The Quinceanera’s Court of Honor can be comprised of all young girls called Dama, all young men called Chambelán or Escorte or Galán or usually a combination of both. The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball gown, with her Court dressed in gowns and tuxedos.
Traditionally there are three different types of dances performed at a Quinceanera. There is the traditional group dance, done by the Quinceanera and her court, the father daughter waltz, and the surprise dance, also done by the Quinceanera and her court, but less traditional. All of these dances involve some type of choreographed step, and depending on the complexity of the steps you choose, rehearsals should start very early on, months before the actual event.
The traditional group dance is like a performance and you may want to have it choreographed so hire a professional. It’s often a waltz with Latin influences but many other styles from the foxtrot to Renaissance dance styles are used. The group dance is designed to showcase the girl celebrating her Quinceanera and she will choose a dance style that reflects her personality.
The Father Daughter Waltz is a simple but elegant dance but the importance of the dance rests in its symbolism of a father acknowledging his daughter’s entrance into womanhood. Come down to Dancier Ballroom and celebrate dance.
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