Voguing Short: Walk!

Watch below. Paper Magazine reviews:

Filmmaker Nicolas Jenkins has been documenting the New York City voguing and ballroom scene for nearly 30 years, amassing a trove of incredible footage that he’s now put together in a short documentary titled, Walk!

Featuring scenes from iconic ballroom houses including House of Chanel, House of Fields, the House of Latex, and the House of Xtravaganza, among others, the film stars legendary figures from the scene, from Willie Ninja to Kia Labeija, in all their death-dropping glory.

Jenkins says he’s amazed at home much voguing and ballroom culture has exploded in recent years. “No longer limited to members of American urban black and Latino gay communities, it can be found as far away as Russia now,” he tells Paper.

From the film’s description:

Voguing is a form of dance that was created on the streets and drag balls of Harlem by a subculture of young mostly poor, gay, trans, black and/or Latino’s in the 1980s. The Ballroom scene in which Voguing exists in is an art form that’s closely linked with ideas of fashion, luxury, and social and economic mobility.

In the past few years the Voguing and Ballroom scene has seen a resurgence in its popularity spreading across the globe. No longer limited to members of American urban black and Latino gay communities it can be found as far away as Russia now. Historically the Ballroom scene included society’s most marginalized: minorities within minorities within minorities. In a world where they have been rejected, ballroom not only accepted these people for who they were, it celebrated them!

While this resurgence in popularity is celebrated by many there is concern by some that with Voguing’s success in crossing over into the mainstream to communities of the “non marginalized” that there is a risk the dance may slowly be losing its connections to its roots.

  • bdsmjack

    Yas, kween!

  • RyanInIllinois

    Sex Pistols (and Bow Wow Wow) manager Malcolm McLaren checking out the scene at the 1:55 mark.

    • JoeMyGod
      • TJay229

        The guy in the shorts is my Child… Aldawna Xtravaganza.

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    • TJay229

      He’s not the only ‘star’ to grace a ballroom…you should have been at the Love Ball back in the day.

  • MickinDetroit

    “While this resurgence in popularity is celebrated by many there is concern by some that with Voguing’s success in crossing over into the mainstream to communities of the “non marginalized” that there is a risk the dance may slowly be losing its connections to its roots.”

    well then maybe don’t do documentaries on it, thus bringing it to a wider audience and aiding and abetting that cultural gentrification.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Not the answer

  • TJay229

    To see so many of the balls I attended.
    To see my old roommates (Roger & Melissa).
    To see Jose tell it like IT REALLY IS.
    To see Temptress!!!
    To see Fidel!!
    To see Tracy Africa!!

    I. Am. Weak.

    I have to send this to 30ppl.

    Thank you for this Joe.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Thank you Joe for posting this. Sure brings back fond memories of the DC Balls–which were fabulous. Assimilation and mainstreaming seems inevitable but at what cost? Cultures die from it.

    • Roy Biv

      I don’t know if cultures die from mainstreaming as they get assimilated into the larger culture and thus, becomes “invisible” to most people not familiar with its origins. That’s not to say that it died, just that it grew up.

      Hip hop is a good example. It went from a generally, even, purely black American musical genre to a world audience. Now, it’s difficult to listen to a pop song, even from other countries, without hearing some hip hop element. Its origins and its strength is still felt more strongly in the black American community though.

      Vogueing might be the same. Frankly, it’s still a bit peculiar to think that a heterosexual man would be interested in something so incredibly non-traditionally masculine but I think it’s biggest practitioners would still be in the gay community.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Well you make a good point, but one never knows with heterosexual males these days!

  • Lakeview Bob

    I must admit that I am not gay enough to appreciate vogue although I find it fascinating and was familiar with it.. So to learn more about it i found this video on Youtube that explains how to vogue.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1_IBp9968

    I guess I have to object to his comment about making your movements as gay as possible but I do understand his point.

    • TheManicMechanic

      I must admit that I am not gay enough to appreciate vogue

      You can definitely get some contact gay from this vid. 😉

  • truckproductions

    that was so great

  • MrRobotoLA

    Loved this. Too short. I could watch this for hours and still want more. It was nice to see a quick shot of Venus Xtravaganza and Octavia St. Laurent in there as well.

  • Bernard Prince Thomas

    THANK YOU ALL FOR LIVING FOR WALK DARLINGS IM DE ICONIC PRINCESS MOTHER MAGNIFIQUE ALSO IN THIS FILM IM SO HAPPY MY FRIEND NICHOLAS JENKINS GET THE APPRECIATION THAT NEEDED AND THIS IS THE ORIGANL TEAR SHEET PHOTO OF ME FROM THE LOVE BALL 1989. ,,AND WRIGHT UP FROM TIME MAGAZINE OF US TRUE NYC ICONS AND PIONEERS OF NYC BALLROOM AND

  • Bernard Prince Thomas

    https://youtu.be/odnaKLU8Kag AND HERE IS THE ORIGANL VIDEO OF ALL OF US TRUE NYC LEGENDARY ICONS AND PIONEERS AT THE LOVE BALL GET IN TO ITTTT 1989