Dancer and creator Niana Guerrero turned 18 over the weekend, and her party befit that of a modern Gen Z icon—epic, dynamic, and plenty of fun.
Edgy, electric, and modern, Niana Guerrero’s 18th birthday debut saw family, friends, celebrities, dancers, content creators, and more celebrate the dancer and creator through an extravagant party with all the dancing held last January 27th. With a towering cake, a futuristic venue, eye-catching outfits, and performances from her, her family, and her friends, Niana’s birthday didn’t just honor her, but also kicked off her 2024 with a bang. Here are some of the highlights and best moments from Niana’s 18th birthday party that proved her status as a Gen Z icon.
DARK AND GLAMOROUS
Niana’s party theme was glamorous in an understated way, a deviation from the often light and frilly 18th birthday party themes. The dark setting with gold and silver accents was perfect for the ever-in-motion Niana—giving off a modern, dynamic, and futuristic and vibe.
NIANA’S CONVERTIBLE BALL GOWN
Niana’s glamorous Michael Cinco red ballgown with puff sleeves and sheer corset boning that transformed into a pantsuit was a moment of its own, as the blood red set against the dark setting truly made Niana look vibrant and the star of the show. Its convertible aspect was also on-brand for the dancer, as the pantsuit version of her debut outfit allowed her to dance more freely.
18 ROSES WITH A TWIST
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For the 18 Roses portion of the debut, Niana got dance group Chicser to reunite for a quick dance with her. A staple in 2010s pop culture, Chicser included Ranz Kyle, Niana’s older brother and occasional dance partner throughout her career.
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It’s a dancer’s debut, so trust that tradition and modernity will go hand in hand when it comes to the dancing aspect of the celebration. For the “cotillon,” which is traditionally a coming-of-age practice done with a waltzing court, Niana enlisted the help of dance crew G-Force for a Despacito performance that blended both modern and traditional. It’s actually a full-circle moment considering how the song was one of the first that made Niana go viral on social media.
EPIC CAKE SCULPTURE
Of course, a cake for Niana’s 18th birthday could never just be basic. Her sculpture-like black and silver chrome cake of cubes that looked like a wobbling stack of boxes fit perfectly into the aesthetic of the evening, and was a true work of art.
A TOTAL DANCE PARTY
@gideon_hermosa Adorable little #NataliaGuerrero performance at her Ate #NianaGuerrero ‘s debut! ✨How cute that she’s also styled in her big sister’s fave ‘fit! Let’s just say we were all by her tribute dance number! 🥰🥰🥰 #NianaTurns18 #Gideonized #GideonizedDebut #Debutaph #Debut ♬ original sound – Gideon Hermosa
You can’t celebrate Niana without it being an epic dance party. From her own performances to performances by friends and sister Natalia, her debut was almost like a showcase, all dances a tribute to the talent, skill, and successes of the young dancer and creator.
A TRIBUTE TO GROWTH
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From a young girl dancing in home videos to a dancer performing with artists and icons from all over the world, Niana’s growth and success over her 18 years of life is worthy of celebration. In one of her solo performances of the night (wearing a red bedazzled racer jacket at that), Niana honored her growth and danced to Michael Jackson in a tribute to her younger self.