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Subsdance Dance Studio

27-29 Eyre Street

#1

Kingston, ACT 2602

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Introductory Ballroom workshop in Canberra. QTIBPOC community priotised.

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House of Silky is coming to Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri country (Canberra) to introduce Ballroom for people of all levels, especially beginners & non-dancers. Covering the basics & foundations of Voguing - they will step us through the history of Ballroom and introduction to some basics across different categories!

This is a free event that prioritises Queer, Transgender, Intersex Bla(c)k and People of Colour (QTIBPOC). Allies from the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome. However, it is crucial everyone who comes along is aware that Ballroom centres Bla(c)k and brown trans women and femmes.

Before you come - do your research on Ballroom, and that doesn't mean Rupaul, Pose or Legendary. Dig deeper and learn about the legacy! Understand the categories below are not all there is to Ballroom. There are many more categories. The scene is continually evolving whilst still paying respect to the elders who have pioneered the space. So while a category may not be for you, for another person, it may be affirming. It's just a matter of finding your comfort zone and what you would like to show off! Ballroom is not always politically correct, but at the heart of it will always be community.

This workshop has been put together by DEiFY, Subsdance Dance Studio and House of Silky!

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If you have any questions or concerns please email DEiFY at deifycbr@gmail.com

About the Venue:

The entire venue is wheelchair accessible, and there are accessible toilets. There is lift access to the venue from Highgate lane. There will be venue staff if you require assistance to find your way around.

Public transport is readily available. Depending on the bus you take it is anywhere between 2 to 10 minute walking distance.

We will also provide seating for those who need to take rest breaks.

The speakers within the venue have a fair bit of bass that do carry vibrations. The class will be a hybrid of talking, loud music and mingling. If this may overstimulate you - please know that you can step outside at any point and take breaks.

AUSLAN, live captioning and a hearing loop will not be present.

Can I bring along support?

Carers, support person/s and pets are welcome to attend. Bring what you need, so you feel safe and comfy!

Respect & Consent

Do not assume anyone's gender or ability in the space. If you are unsure how to refer to someone - introduce yourself and your pronouns and ask for theirs!

Everyone engages in the workshop in their own capacity - if someone is taking a break or some time out - please respect their personal space.

History of Ballroom

Ballroom was created by Black and Latina Trans Women as a safe space for Black & brown LGBTQIA+ community in the late 60s. Balls were created as a type of competition where people could live whatever fantasy they created with the chance to win trophies and status within the community. Pioneering house mother of House of Slé, Bhenji Ra, brought the kiki ball scene from NYC to Australia and in 2021 there are now over 10 houses across Australia and New Zealand scene.

Some of the categories we will explore

Vogue Femme

Voguing was created in the shadows of the clubs in NYC in the early 80s as a way of expressing oneself by creating shapes and poses that you would see on fashion magazines like Vogue, hence the name. There are five elements of Vogue Femme; Hands performance, catwalk, duckwalk, floor performance and Spins/Dips. When you master the 5 elements and make your mark on and off the floor that is how you become legendary. Vogue Femme is deeply connected to Fem Queens (trans women of colour) who created the dance style, as it is said that Vogue Femme was a way to help the girls come into their femininity.

Runway

Want to learn to project style like an international fashion model?

The Runway category is about serving up the spirit of international fashion shows through the way you take up or move through space. Judged purely on the strength and style of your presence and movement, runway is not a category to be taken lightly. You must express attitude, poise, shade, and strength. Many ballroom runway divas have invented movement styles that they are now famous for, and gone on to teach these to legendary models.

Sex Siren

This category was created by Icon Gorgeous Jack Gucci in celebration of Sex workers. This category is all about sex appeal no matter what size body, gender or skin. You don't need abs to sex, just confidence that radiates out.

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