This article was published on July 20th, 2021
In an exclusive collaboration that will affect LGBTQ+ communities all over the world, it has recently been announced that Van Vogue Jam and Vancouver Pride Society are uniting to bring together ballroom societies internationally with The Posh Ball. The online competition gives the opportunity for queers everywhere to show the world what their talents and present them on the runway. Participants have a chance to win gift cards and cash prizes valuing over $5,000 CAD between all the various categories.
The real winners, however, may be the spectators, who will have music curated by DJ Black Catt, as well as hosting duties from Posh Gvasalia and international judges from all over that cover the Ballroom scene. The Executive Director of Van Vogue Jam, Ralph Escamilian, released a statement about the forthcoming event:
“The history of Ballroom culture is the foundation of the queer culture that we know today. The Posh Ball is able to show queerness in another way where it’s not just love, sex and magic. You can be queer and a creative creature or be queer and have a strong walk and it allows folks, especially younger members of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community, to find different ways to celebrate themselves.”
The Catalyst for Change
The Vancouver Pride Society has partnered with Van Vogue Jam the past two years to bring Ballroom culture and Vogue to Pride celebrations. Ballroom culture is a Trans, Queer, Black and Latinx community founded when Crystal LaBeija was denied the title ‘Queen of the Ball’ in a time where most queer organized events only served white communities. Ballroom became a way for Trans, Queer, Black and Latinx community to unite and shed insight about their plight and create a space for themselves.
Ballroom in Vancouver started in 2017 when Van Vogue Jam and BRoll held the Dynasty Ball, a scene that cultivated a new community and carefully curated the roots of Ballroom culture. In addition to the main event, Van Vogue Jam and Vancouver Pride Society are set to host a series of Ballroom Talks to teach the general public more about Ballroom culture while placing the talents of the QTBIPOC community front and center.
July 31 – The Posh Ball – Online Kiki Ball
Van Vogue Jam presents the 2nd annual collaboration with Vancouver Pride Society: The POSH BALL – Online Kiki Ball. Tune in live free/by donation from the comfort of home on July 31, 2021, at 6:00pm PST. The online event is set to feature international judges, major effects, and cash prizes.
People interested in participating in the competition are asked to RSVP at poshball2021.eventbrite.ca.
VVJ BALLROOM TALKS SERIES
Saturdays, June 26–July 24, at 12:00pm PST
Get ready to talk all things Ballroom! From how to make a Bazaar look with Passa Flora, to a conversation with Legendary DJ MikeQ about Ballroom music, the five-week series is set to give attendees an introduction of what else Ballroom has to offer. All talks will be streamed live through Zoom.
June 26 – Passa Flora (from Portland)
Workshop with Passa Flora about all things Bazaar available to watch here.
July 3 – Twysted Siriano (from Toronto)
Twysted talks about how to support the Ballroom scene OFF the floor / beyond the runway. Available to watch here.
July 10 – Legendary DJ MikeQ (from New York City)
Posh interviews Legendary DJ MikeQ on the history and future of Ballroom music.
July 17 – Cuarta Benetton (from Montreal)
Cuarta and the panel will discuss the Latinx experience in the USA Ballroom both in history and contributions. The discussion will also touch upon the adaptation of Ballroom in Latin American, what are the do’s and don’ts, as well as how to respect Black culture and maintain authenticity in the process.
July 24 – Old School Ballroom (from New York City)
Felix Milan (Old School Ballroom) shares videos from balls in the 90’s+ and talks about their history in the scene that spans nearly 30 years!
To learn more about this year’s Pride celebrations including the Posh Ball – Online Kiki Ball and Ballroom Series, purchase tickets, or register for one of the 60+ events, download the Vancouver Pride app available on iOS and Android or visit vancouverpride.ca.
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