The Quinceanera is a coming of age ceremony held on a girl's fifteenth birthday, recognizing her journey from childhood to maturity. Roots have been traced back to 500 BC from the Aztec culture where the age of 15 was considered apt for motherhood. The celebration embraces family and social virtues. Customs are incorporated into the ceremony which highlight faith, family, friends, music, food and dance.
In April, Otto was asked to be in "the court" for Jessica Tracy and participate in her Quinceanera. The teenagers in the court practiced for three months to prepare. They performed a traditional Punta dance, a Waltz, as well as a medley of other dances.
On June 26, 2009, their hard work and practice culminated at the big party. This was our first Quinceanera, and hopefully not our last. What a significant, memorable evening.