Vogue or "voguing" is a highly stylized modern dance characterized by photo model-like poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg, and body movements. Popularized by Madonna's song and video of the same name (see Vogue), the unique inner-city dance subculture was brought to international mainstream attention.
Vogue also encompasses other forms of dance and movement, namely modern jazz, ballet, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, breakdancing, yoga, and others. Some dance historians even point out that breakdance and vogue evolved together in a state of mutual borrowing, with artists from both sides interacting with each other in New York City's Central Park, West Side Piers, Harlem, and Washington Square Park during the 70s and early 80s.
There has been a movement in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana area known to the ballroom community as the "OhioKentuckiana" scene producing some promising talent. There is also a unique form of "fem vouge" called "Ohio gloves" that involves dramatic soft feminine gestures, in a pantomime fashion in which the voguer is using movements to tell a "story" of "shade." ("Shade", or "shadiness", indicates an expression of "I don't have to tell you about your flaws, because you already know.")
The OhioKentucky'ana scene has its own legends and statements as well some who are still walking, and some who have gotten their status from walking in other states before the scene evolved in the area such as, Sir Richard (Ford) Evisu, Drama (Omni) Evisu, Amy Cavalli, Neo x Moschino, Nestle Rodeo, Mother Raven Mizrahi, Covahboy Rodeo, Kim Mizrahi, Tony Galliano x Ebony, DL x Rodeo Channel, Dee x Dutch Mugler, Pretty x Prodigy Allure and Mother Theirry Rodeo. Also newcomers like Corey Rodeo, Lil Jay Blanik, Kiddy x Blanik Balenciaga have made strong statements in the scene as well.
The balls in this region are held in the cities of Louisville, Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana collectively. Louisville and Columbus currently have the most semi-major balls at this time giving away prizes between one and five thousand dollars for respective categories.
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