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Wedding planner, cupcake enthusiast, and lover of all things romance and weddings.


This past Saturday was the Emerald of Excellence Debutante Cotillion hosted by the Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. For the past 8 seasons, I have had the distinct honor of choreographing for this event. And this year the organization celebrated 10 seasons of cultivating priceless gems.

Avila Dawn Events, AKA, Debutante Cotillion

I love choreographing for this event, as I love getting to know the debutantes, their escorts and their parents. Plus, I am always on the lookout for future Baby Bison! Yes I am always ready to talk about the pros and cons of attending the illustrious Howard University.

So for each cotillion, I am always tasked with choreographing three dances – one for each group, the Ladies in Waiting (Junior Debutantes, who are either in Grade 7-8), Debutantes with the fathers and Debutantes with their escorts. I also choreography how the Ladies in Waiting and the Debutantes are introduced.  On average there are usually, 10 Ladies in Waiting and between 25-50 Debutantes. So that means 25-50 fathers and 25-50 escorts. So there could be up to 100 people on the floor at one time dancing. That’s A LOT of people, but always up for the challenge.

I am so proud and happy of how everything came together. We were on a tight timeline this year to get everything done. I only had a month to teach the 3 dances with rehearsals being only 2 hours long and twice a week. I appreciated that everyone came in focused and ready to learn. I literally taught the dance in one class and rehearsed the dance in the next rehearsal before having to move on to the next group. Craziness… just a little. But this group were rockstars. All the ladies and gentlemen looked so classy the night of the cotillion. Below are a few picture from the night!

Avila Dawn Events, AKA, Debutante Cotillion

Avila Dawn Events, AKA, Debutante Cotillion

Avila Dawn Events, AKA, Debutante Cotillion

Avila Dawn Events, AKA, Debutante Cotillion


Weekend Hangover | Lots of Dancing

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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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