Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016
The lights go dim and the beat drops as her elegant Quinceañera dress flows through the stage.

Quinceañera is the Spanish tradition that some Latinos celebrate. It is a dance that symbolizes the change of a young girl to a young lady.

There is a variety of things that happen in a Quinceañera. First, she receives a church blessing. Then, they go to the Ballroom. That night, they have food and a tres leches cake. The tradition of a Quinceañera is to have 14 males called chambelanes and female attendants and escorts called "damas." They represent the previous 14 years of life.

As she enters the Ballroom, she dances to what is called a "Vals”. She dances with all her chambelanes and sometimes even with her father. They dance to at least three songs, and the most common dances at a Quinceañera dance is bachata and cumbia.

Marquis Arthur said, “I think Quinceañera are cool and amazing. I’ve been to one before and it was cool to see the kind of stuff that took place. Going to a Quinceañera is a one in a lifetime moment and should be sized by everyone.”

Later that night, the Quinceañera receives her last doll from her godparents as a young girl, and it symbolize leaving childhood behind. Also, she changes from flats to high-heeled shoes to represent becoming a young woman.

She is also crowned for the symbolization of being a princess, and the changes she leaves behind to become a young lady is called “Dama”. A Quinceañera also gives the girl the opportunity to dance her first dance with her father.

Cherish Washington said, “It’s totally different from a traditional American Birthday, but at the same time it’s fun to experience a different culture. I have been to a Quinceañera before, and they’re a lot of fun. I want to experience going to another one”

Finally, as the night gets late, the dance floor is opened, and anyone could dance on the floor. The most common dance and song people dance to is Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and Banda.

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