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The Guru of Quince Dances

From: Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife
Length: 05:17

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Youth producers Oscar Hernandez and Domingo Diaz talk with the person who makes quinceanaras work: the dance choreographer. Produced at LBJ High School in Austin, Texas, as a part of Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife.

Quinceanera1_small Youth producers Oscar Hernandez and Domingo Diaz talk with the person who makes quinceanaras work: the dance choreographer. Produced at LBJ High School in Austin, Texas, as a part of Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife.

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John Vasquez

Quinceañeras (Quince dances), have always been a great part of the Hispanic tradition. Like Domingo Diaz states at the beginning of the piece "In our culture there is a special celebration of a young girls coming of age, it revolves around many symbolisms and dance to show the transitions of life...". I liked the piece because it not only lets people know of the female Hispanic traditions that most Latino families have to this day, but it also lets you know of one of the main parts of the celebration, the choreography of the dances. The background music is great because it gives us an insight of the type of music the celebration has. If you are the type of person who would like to know a little more about this great Hispanic tradition, this is the piece to listen to. Domingo Diaz, Oscar Hernandez and the choreographer Juanpablo Estella do a great job of letting the listener know what exactly Quinceañeras are and how important they are.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
"Tiempo de Vals" Chayanne :00
"Mi Nina Bonita" Marco Urdiales :00
"Cintura, Cintura" Omara Portuonda :00

Additional Credits

Rebecca McInroy, instructor and additional editing
Mike Lee, instructor and additional editing
Laura Guichard, additional editing
KUT FM, production assistance