MikeQ, LSDXOXO, Pxssy Palace, Plugkeisha, Sayang
Paying homage to the roots of ballroom culture, House of Flava and Red Bull are teaming up to serve you a true taste of the North, with one of the first productions of its kind in Leeds. Bringing the city’s underground ballroom LGBTQ+ and QTIPoC communities into the spotlight, expect kings, queens and legends in training showcasing their unique interpretation of vogue.
The event will see competitors vogue the house down for the crown – categories in the ball include ‘Runway Freaks’, ‘Sex Siren’ and ‘Battles’. Representing Leeds’ freaky side, the House of Flava will be joined by northern QTIPoC houses House of Ghetto and House of Noir for performances to illustrate each category. The ball will be hosted by Kyle-London Louboutin and judged by New York via Berlin’s LSDXOXO, Malaysian vogue royalty Te Double Dy, Darren Suarez (House of Suarez) and pioneer D’relle West.
With an all-star line up of DJs, dancers, judges and more, Nahi Sabhera will be keeping the runway in motion, before we break out into an all-night dance party featuring legendary Qween Beat founder MikeQ, LSDXOXO, London collective Pxssy Palace and Leeds’ very own Plugkeisha and Sayang x House of Flava DJs.
Get your best looks ready, and prepare to walk the runway.
In partnership with House of Flava & Our Space Leeds.
About Vogue Balls
Originating from New York in the 1960s, voguing is a style of modern dance, form of self-expression and powerful movement that became a representation for the socio-political struggles of the QTIPoC (Queer/Trans/Intersex People of Colour) community. Its rise in popularity coincided with a time where queer youth were experiencing rejection from the traditional family home and alternative families – known as houses - were forged.
These houses became pertinent to the vogue scene, as they offered a place of support and provided training and expertise to house members who desired to compete in balls. These balls were core to the underground dance scene as they were a safe space where houses and participants could come together to showcase individuality, agility and style; with rewarded trophies, prizes, bravado and expressive freedom.
Please note that while this event is open to allies, the purpose of a ball is to uplift and support the QTIPoC community first and foremost. Discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This event is strictly 18+. Please bring valid 18+ ID to gain entry to the venue.