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01 January 2008


Oh the thing you learn from watching VH1 top 100 songs of the 1990s! I suppose I am terribly behind the times, but I had no idea that voguing originated, not from Madonna, but from the the Gay Harlem dance scene. I immediately googled "vouging" to find out more. Voguing has evolved into a mature art form, with several different varieties of the dance, each referencing multiple other forms of dance and pop culture. Within the community there are multiple distinct "houses," many founded by superstars within the community. Competitions or "balls" are held regularly, but impromptu danceoffs also occur in clubs. The best article I found online was written Aaron Pierre Brown, you should go check it out if you are interested in learning more. I also found this you tube clip very helpful and I added Paris is Burning, a documentary on the 1980s voguing scene, to my netflix cue:

"Penetrating the tight-knit community of minority drag queens living in New York City, Jennie Livingston's acclaimed documentary was one of several films to be shut out of Oscar contention for its unconventional content, prompting the academy to reevaluate its standards in the face of critical backlash. The film offers an early glimpse at the art of "voguing," the underground dance style popularized by Madonna in her No. 1 single "Vogue."-netflix

Apparently there is another documentary called How do I look which chronicles the modern voguing scene, unfortunately this is not available on netflix.

1 comment:

Jello on Springs said...

I didn't know that either, quite interesting. And lol when there's nothing else on tv I too like to watch those "100 greatest..." type of countdowns on VH1.