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The Dances

To Waltz or Not to Waltz?

Some quinceañeras find the waltz too old-fashioned, so they choose to put modern twists on the traditional waltz. Or they may instead want an elegant waltz and then another choreographed dance that is done to modern pop music.

According to custom, a quinceañera’s first dance is with her father. It's usually to a song of the father’s choosing that has a certain significance to them. Traditionally, it also represents a girl’s first public dance. Afterward, the father can hand the quinceañera over to her escort.

One of the most popular quinceañera traditions is the waltz, an elegant, choreographed dance performed by the birthday girl and her court. If this is also the first dance of the celebration, the quinceañera will take her father as her partner. It can often take months of planning and several rehearsals to prepare a court for the choreographed dance. And some families choose to hire a professional dance choreographer to guide the party.

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