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The Garcia Collection, no. 3 - Quinceañera Waltz (1989)

Michelle Ontiveros

Sound | 1989

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  •  The Quinceañera joins the damas and chambelanes on the dance floor 
  •  Michelle Garcia dances with her escort 
 
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This home movie from El Paso captures scenes of Michelle Garcia standing in a friend's quiceañera ceremony as a dama. At the reception, the Quinceañera party takes part in the first waltz. A quinceañera, also called a fiesta de quince años, is the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in Mexican and other Latin-American cultures. This birthday marks the girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood and is celebrated with a Catholic ceremony and large reception where the girl wears a formal gown, takes mass, performs a traditional waltz, and toasts champagne with her family and friends.