10 Things That Happen At EVERY Quinceañera

10 Things That Happen At EVERY Quinceañera

See the ways how a quinceañera is celebrated.


A quinceanera is a celebration that many Latin American countries celebrate. This is celebrated when a girl turns 15 and is meant to recognize how the girl is no longer a child and is becoming a young woman. On the day of the celebration, families, and friends are invited to a special mass to honor the day followed by a reception and a party afterward. Here are 10 other things that happen at a quinceañera:

1. The entire morning of the quinceañera is dedicated to getting ready

It takes hours for the young woman who is having her quinceañera to get ready. From getting her hair done, to putting on makeup, and putting on her gown, the morning is an important time of the day to prepare for what lies ahead.

2. The girl who has her quinceañera arrives to church on a horse

It has been a tradition that a young woman having her quinceañera arrives at the church on a horse. This is a way to show love and respect for the quinceañera. People often take tons of pictures to document this unforgettable experience.

3. Family and friends gather at church to celebrate the quinceañera

The mass often includes readings, singing, and a speech from the young woman having her quinceañera. The gifts that are brought such as a bible, and ring, and other gifts are blessed with holy water.

4. Many dishes of Mexican food to eat

At the reception, tons of food is provided at a quinceañera and everybody eats. Everybody is welcome to eat and many Mexican dishes are provided.

5. Family waltz

Following dinner, close relatives gather around the young woman who is receiving her quinceañera and dances with her. Some of these close relatives include the mom, dad, siblings, and grandparents. These individuals often dance a waltz and have practiced prior the reception. Often times, you may see a mom or dad cry because this is a special moment and is a rite of passage for entering womanhood.

6. A carefully set up dessert table

After dinner and some dancing, the dessert tables open up for people who want a sweet treat. These desserts are set up in a proper way.

7. Chocolate fountain for dipping in fruit

One of the pieces that is on a dessert table is a chocolate water fountain. Often times there will be fruit for dipping into the fountain. Yum!

8. More dancing and fun 

Throughout the night, the dance floor remains open for everyone to dance. Some of the songs will include the Cha Cha Slide and other types of music. Some other popular songs in Spanish is Payaso de Rodeo and other forms of Latin music such as Bachata, and Cumbia.

9. Live music and bands perform

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It is not uncommon for the family of the quinceañera to bring live music such as a Mexican banda or a mariachi. These bands often hype up the party and many people dance to the music.

10. The party keeps going on during the night

Many may ask, what time does the party end? The party often goes well into the night and often people start to leave once they are getting tired. Most celebrations end at 1 a.m. The rest of the night is dedicated to dancing and taking photos!

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21 Quotes From Twyla Tharp's 'The Creative Habit' That Will Fuel Your Artistic Self

Use your half-baked ideas for good!


Twyla Tharp is a master dancer and choreographer. She's worked with the world's most prestigious artists to create works that will withstand the test of time. She published her book "The Creative Habit" as a viewing window for seeing into her creative process. Tharp offers both hard truths and gently encouraging words for both serious artists and everyday people just trying to expand their circle of knowledge about art. I compiled some quotations from the book that were profound, useful and to-the-point when it comes to examining artistic development.

1. "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way."

You get some creativity! YOU get some creativity! Everyone gets creativity!

2. "If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge."

3. "Everything that happens in my day is a transaction between the external world and my internal world. Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity."

4. "In the end, there is no one ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn't scare you, doesn't shut you down."

5. "Someone has done it before? Honey, it's all been done before. Nothing's really original. Not Homer or Shakespeare and certainly not you. Get over yourself."

Ouch. Toes stepped on.

6. "Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself. Metaphor is our vocabulary for connecting what we're experiencing to what we have experienced before."

"It's *literally* like this..."

7. "...get busy copying. Traveling the paths of greatness, even in someone else's footprints, is a vital means to acquiring skill."

Choose your muse wisely!

8. "You can't just dance or paint or write or sculpt. Those are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun..."

9. "When you're in scratching mode, the tiniest microcell of an idea will get you going. Musicians know this because compositions rarely come to them whole and complete. They call their morsels of inspiration lines or riffs or hooks or licks. That's what they look for when they scratch for an idea."

You know you look crazy, but press on, baby ideas in hand!

10. "It doesn't matter if it's a book, magazine, newspaper, billboard, instruction manual, or cereal box -- reading generates ideas, because you're literally filling your head with ideas and letting your imagination filter them for something useful."

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11. "...there's a fine line between good planning and overplanning. You never want the planning to inhibit the natural evolution of your work."

Screw this global need for instant information. You gotta just let things run their course sometimes.

12. "Habitually creative people are, in E.B. white's phrase, 'prepared to be lucky.' You don't get lucky without preparation, and there's no sense in being prepared if you're not open to the possibility of a glorious accident. In creative endeavors luck is a skill."

Twyla Tharp is really just a more Type A version of Bob Ross.

13. "I know it's important to be prepared, but at the start of the process this type of perfectionism is more like procrastination. You've got to get in there and do."

14. "You're only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft. Craft is where our best efforts begin. You should never worry that rote exercises aimed at developing skills will suffocate creativity."

15. "That's what the great ones do: They shelve the perfected skills for a while and concentrate on their imperfections."

16. "Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above your craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. combining the two is the essence of the creative life."

17. "My heroes are those who've prevailed over far greater losses than I've ever had to face."

18. "Part of the excitement of creativity is the headlong rush into action when we latch onto a new idea. Yet, in the excitement, we often forget to apply pressure to the idea, poke it, challenge it, push it around, see if it stands up. Without that challenge, you never know how far astray your assumptions may have taken you."

19. "...there's a lesson here about finding your groove. Yes, you can find it via a breakthrough in your craft. But you can also find it in other means -- in congenial material, in a perfect partner, in a favorite character or comfortable subject matter."

20. "A math professor at Williams College bases ten percent of his students' grades on failure. Mathematics is all about trying out new ideas -- new formulas, theorems, approaches -- and knowing that the vast majority of them will be dad ends. To encourage his students not to be afraid of testing their quirkiest ideas in public, he rewards rather than punishes them for coming up with wrong answers."

This approach would've been so helpful.

21. "I began as a dancer, and in those days of pain and shock I went back to where I started. Creating dance is the thing I know best. It is how I recognize myself. Even in the worst of times, such habits sustain, protect, and, in the most unlikely way, lift us up."

Take Twyla's knowledge and have fun exploring creativity in your personal life!

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