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Tips for Your Father-Daughter Valz

November 17, 2008 at 8:58 AM by Mariana Quinones | Comments

Hola chicas,

One of my favorite parts of quinceañera is the father/daughter dance. I love the tradition of having the proud papa take his hija's hand and inviting her to share a waltz, symbolizing his recognition that she is now a lady. This could bring some happy tears to your guests--I know my mom cried during mine! So take the time to plan out this dance in great detail. You'll remember it forever. Here are some tips for making it memorable:

  • Make sure you rehearse. I would recommend between three and six hours. This dance won't be as complicated as your court waltz, so you won't need to stress about it, but if don't rehearse at all, you might be nervous!
  • Incorporate sweet touches with cuddles, twirls, and send-outs. Everyone will be watching you, so make it fun to watch!
  • Mix it up with stationary and traveling moves. Don't be afraid to use the floor space you have.
  • Have a dip or twirl to lean into a bow and curtsey in the end. Putting a nice final touch on the dance will leave the lasting impression. Maybe even give your papa a kiss on the cheek. (Just make sure your lipstick doesn't stain!)

What might even be more important than your dance steps, chicas, is the song you choose. Make sure to pick one that you love! Some good ones are "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle, "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart, "My Father's Eyes" by Amy Grant, and "You're My Hero" by Teresa James. Check out other songs on our playlist here.

I love this video on YouTube, below. The birthday girl chose "When You Look Me in the Eyes" by the Jonas Brothers, and says the song choice is what really made such a special moment even better. She and her father look well-rehearsed and are entertaining. Most importantly, they look like they are enjoying themselves. It's a big night for both of you.

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Mariana
Hey! I'm Mariana, and I'm from New York. I'm Puerto Rican and I had a huge beach quince in San Juan last summer. Latino music & dance rocks my world!


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