4.It has roots in Harlem's underground ballroom scene of the late '60s, where it was known as "presentation", then "performance". (But it's mesmerising no matter what you call it.)
5.Drag balls were one of the first safe spaces where black and Latino LGBT people could be themselves, express their creativity, and gain recognition.
6.The ball community formed "houses", or chosen families, for queer POC who had been rejected by their blood relatives. Houses had a "mother" and sometimes a "father" who provided support for "children" (young or new members).
11.This thrust voguing and ball culture into the mainstream, spreading it across America and the world. Places like England, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and, of course, New York, still have thriving scenes today.
12.There are three main styles of voguing, which have evolved over time: Old Way, New Way, and Vogue Femme.
14.New Way, on the other hand, involves more flexible moves and requires dancers to catch the backbeats rather than the main ones.
15.Vogue Femme is, well, the most feminine style and consists of five main elements: hand performance, floor performance, duckwalks, catwalks, and spins and dips (which are sometimes called "death drops", for good reason 😱).
16.Learning the elements gives you the framework, but real voguing is about feeling the music and telling your own story. It has to come from the heart!