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The Ballroom Bible: (some) terms explained
Category: Categories are created based on various themes, skills, and techniques. Some are open to all performers to compete in, depending on the type of ball.
Vogue Fem: A dance style that adds a twist to femme queen technique. Execution can be very soft or severe.
The Ball: An event where competitors face off against their rival houses for money and glory.
House: An organization within the ballroom community that serves as a system of support, provides resources, and enters and throws balls. A traditional house is headed by a mother and father of the house.
Vogue: Vogue is a style of dance originated in Harlem in the 1970s. Vogue began in Riker’s Island prison at a time when straight inmates were separated from their queer counterparts. These mostly Black and Latinx inmates created a game where they would imitate the poses and photos in Vogue magazine, seeing who could best serve the look. Paris Dupree brought this game from Riker’s Island to the clubs, where it became a form of dance celebrated internationally.