I attended a debutante ball in the winter of 2015.
February 8, 2015
Dallas Debs Graced the Stage
Eighty Dallas socialites were welcomed into society Feb 7 as they strutted the stage for the annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante Ball at the Meyerson Symphony Hall. The league has been introducing young men and women for almost 30 years. Each year these esteemed men and women are invited because of family legacies or importance and relevance in society.
The idea of a debutante ball may be completely foreign to some, but for many Texans and others around the world it is a part of growing up. Traditionally it is a time for young upper-class women to be debuted to potential bachelors, their families and society as eligible to marry. Debutante balls can be titled many other things including a “cotillion ball” or even a “coming-out party,” but they all have the same purpose of presenting women and extending support to local or national charities.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante Ball presented these young women on the Meyerson stage. They were escorted by their fathers down the stairs greeting the audience with bows. The young women dipped all the way to the ground, nearly sitting, bending their waist, face parallel to the ground. The esteemed Honor Guard escorts greeted each deb with a bow and assisted her off the stage. All new members of society were applauded concluding the ceremony and asked to enter the ballroom. They danced with their fathers and escorts and dinner ensued thereafter.
Debutante Brownlee Fielder, of Highland Park and sophomore at Southern Methodist University, said her father whispered he is extremely proud of her as he exited the stage – a special moment shared between father and daughter.
Tradition reigns in Texas, and this debutante ball is no exception. The infamous Texas dip bow remains the most important moment of the night as the women transform into ladies of society. Although this endeavor may set the parents back a few thousand dollars, it remains worth it to all involved. Connections with powerful and respected people in society blossom as the young individuals of the community meet others they may have never known otherwise.
Fielder said, “I was able to meet so many new girls in the Dallas community, as well as rekindle my relationships with girls I’d met in the past. During my time as a DSOL deb I truly felt like a princess, but what I loved the most about my experience was sharing my time home from school with my family and friends involved.”
Debutante balls and festivals continue to be a tradition in Texas where mothers and grandmothers encourage family members to partake in such events. Whether ranging from 100 years rich in tradition to the newer DSOL Debutante Ball, young women are adorned in fabulous gowns specific to them and dance the night away with their closest friends and family. This tradition is not only important to women but to men as well. Many of the young men return year after year to escort, and per society tradition, they must be 21 years old.
Guest Hannah Davis, a freshman at Texas Christian University, said after watching her good friend, Fielder, presented, she is excited for her turn this coming summer. Although she is not participating in this specific ball she is thrilled to take part in such tradition.