PRINT February 1989

Exits and Entrances


NEW YORK TRENDING-MONGERS these days are busily touting the latest phenomenon to emerge from the city’s urban subcultures: voguing. Strictly speaking, it’s a solo dance form, with elements of break dancing, gymnastics, body-building “attitudes,” and, of course, the poses of fashion-magazine modeling (hence the name). The participants are black—and some Latin—gays who belong to “houses,” associations that stage “balls” at which they present their versions of fashion and of the fashion stance. Some houses specialize in brand-name cachet (House of Chanel, House of Saint Laurent); others are based on a particular style of movement (House of Ninja); still others are defined by a population (the House of Extravaganza is all-Latin). At gatherings that begin around four in the afternoon and continue into the next morning, ball participants parade as in a beauty contest for a vocal audience of

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