Quinceanera Father-Daughter Dances That’ll Make You Cry

Quince Madrina

The Quinceanera father-daughter dance is one of the most emotional parts of a traditional Quince celebration.

It symbolizes the birthday girl’s first dance with her father as a young woman.

In the case where the father is not available, an older male can served as a father-like figure usually shares this moment with the Quinceanera.


During the Quinceanera waltz, the father takes the time to express words of encouragement to his daughter as she takes her first steps into womanhood. Following the dance, the chambelan then approaches the father while on the dance floor and asks for permission to dance with the celebrated.

Take a look at some of our favorite father-daughter dances from these lovely Quinceaneras. 

Dancing to “Eres el Amor de mi Vida” by Camila

Let’s have a little bit of fun!

From sweet lullaby to Single Ladies? Dad has the moves!

If those made you laugh, take a look at this one and cry your eyes out:

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  • lucy

    my mother is mexican, and my father is white. i think the dance will be kind of awkward because he doesn’t necessarily believe in my celebrating my quinceanera. how can i make it less awkward??

    • Beth Nagy

      What would really be awkward is if you found out your mom is part Spanish(white). Plus being awkward during the dance? You can’t get any more white then the “Waltz”.

  • rosemary

    what if her grandfather and grandmother raised her and parents are around but do you think that the grandfather should be the one doing the father and daughter dance and both grandparents should walk her in the church

  • karina g.

    Its my step daughters quinceara and her dad was going to do the father daughter dance with her but now she wants to include her step father in their dance? Is that appropriate? Her dad is in her life and I thought that only he should dance with her but her mom feels different? What’s best?

    • Grecia Hernandez

      Hi Karina, it is up to the girl to decide, we think. Maybe she feels as both her dad and step-dad are important male figures in her life, if she feels comfortable and wants to do it, sure, why not? There are no set rules for Quinceanera traditions really. They can all be adapted to fit each family’s lifestyle, budget and theme. In the case of divorce parents and step-parents why not make everyone feel included for the girl’s happiness, you know? Hope this helps!

  • Johanna

    Would a mother/daughter dance be too weird if her father is not involved in her life? And would it be more appropriate for her to dance with older brother and then me, I’m mom, or vice versa?

    • Grecia Hernandez

      Hi Johanna,

      Not at all! The waltz is a tradition at any Quinceanera. We’ve seen Quince girls doing the waltz with their mom plus the males in the family and all the males guests too.

  • Mimi

    I was wondering would All Of Me by John Legend be a good choice for this dance?

    • Grecia Hernandez

      All of Me is more about a mature loving relationship,could work great for a wedding but a Quinceanera, not so much .. try something a bit more innocent 🙂

  • Rosa

    What Are Some Good Songs For The ” Daughter & Father Dance ” ? o;

  • RinaSantiago

    I dont have a dad so who would i dance with?

    • Valentine

      Is this your vedio

    • Analiz Colon

      my father passed away almost 3 three years ago and my quince is in about 10 months, however i plan on dancing with my grandfather (my fathers father), however if you cant dance with a grandfather,see if you could dance with an uncle or an older male cousin instead. Whatever you do, make sure you include this dance! whoever you dance with should be an important male figure in your life, i wish you the best of luck!!:)

      • Alix


    • maria

      if you have an older brother then with him or a dad like figure to you

    • Marie

      You can dance with your older brother and if you don’t have one then you can always dance with your favorite uncle of godfather !
      Or just dance with your mom

    • sammy

      im like you . my dad is not in my life so im going to dance with my grandpa and my nino. those are two choices , or a guy in your life that you see as a father figure