Your quinceañera is an important celebration of your life and transition to womanhood, and is a wonderful way to bring together your friends and family and recognize this key milestone.
Participating in the tradition of a quinceañera dance is one of those fun and memorable ways to mark the occasion. While a quinceañera dance takes a lot of planning and hard work, it’s all worth it when it comes together and you get to dance your heart out with family and friends.
Here are some ways you can pull off an unforgettable quinceañera dance and make sure it’s a highlight of your birthday celebration:
The Tradition of a Quinceañera Dance
A quinceañera dance is a traditional part of the quinceañera that some say dates back all the way to the Aztecs and the Mayans.
The dance provides one of the most memorable parts of the celebration, symbolizing the quinceañera’s journey into womanhood, and the dance is traditionally performed by the quinceañera herself and her court—consisting of mainly her family and friends.
Types of Quinceañera Dances
There are different types of dances you can perform as part of the quinceañera dance, with the waltz being the most popular. The quinceañera typically performs the dance with her father, but many choose to dance with a different partner.
In addition to the main quinceañera dance, there are other types of dances that can be performed throughout the night. A surprise dance can be a fun way to entertain your guests, as well as pick a style of dance that best reflects your taste and personality, whether you choose to salsa, cha-cha, or even do a flash-mob style dance.
Meanwhile, a baile de billete, also known as a ‘dollar dance’, is also becoming a popular feature in a quinceañera, where the quinceañera will accept dances from guests in exchange for a dollar pinned to her dress.
Tying a Theme into Your Quinceañera Dance
Tying a theme into your quinceañera can make it a truly unique celebration to you. From the music you choose to your outfit, there’s a lot you can think about to make your quinceañera extra special.
Choosing a specific color is a simple way to add a theme and can be reflected in your dress and in your party decorations. Or you can make the theme even more defined such as a superhero theme, an underwater theme, or even a haunted theme. Having a dance that centers around your theme can take your celebration to the next level, creating a memorable experience for your guests.
When choosing a quinceañera venue, make sure you choose somewhere that is flexible with decorations to ensure you can incorporate your chosen theme. Your venue can help you coordinate decor, lighting, and more to make sure your quinceañera dance goes off without a hitch.
Getting others Involved in your Quinceañera Dance
One of the most enjoyable elements of your quinceañera dance is getting others involved. It can be hard work to get everyone together, but as the most important people in your life, they’ll want to be a part of this celebration. Choose your court far in advance so that you can schedule in practices, and make sure you do a run-through at the venue too.
Some quinceañeras choose to hire a choreographer, while others prefer choreographing with the help of family and friends). Just remember, in order to get enough practices in for your dance to look spectacular, you’ll likely want to start practicing a few months in advance. You’ll want to coordinate a large enough practice space to ensure everyone has room to boogie!
Practices can be draining, so as the quinceañera, you might consider bringing snacks and water for your court to fuel up at practice. You could even film the different parts of your quinceañera dance so that everyone can easily practice at home between practices, making it easier on your friends and family.
Recording Your Quinceañera Dance
Perhaps just as critical as the choreography and practices themselves is recording the dance on the night of your celebration. Videoing your quinceañera dance can make it extra special, giving you a lasting memory of how hard you and your court worked to create a spectacular, entertaining dance.
You can hire a videographer to do this for you, or entrust a member of your family who’s handy with a camera. The benefit of hiring a videographer is that you’ll have a polished, edited video, which can also include other events from the evening for you to remember forever. The other bonus of hiring a professional is that everyone else gets to enjoy the night, without someone worrying about capturing everything on camera.
One Last Tip
The main thing to remember when planning your quinceañera dance is to enjoy yourself. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so try to make it something you and your guests have fun planning and performing. They’ll be glad they were able to make your celebration special, and you’ll cherish the memories you made with friends and family while preparing your quinceañera dance.