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Vogue is a form of modern dance characterized by photo model like poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg and body movements. The style of dance arose from the Harlem ballrooms back in the early 1930s, which was then called "performance" and evolved into the more intricate and illusory form that is now called "vogue".
There are two distinct styles of vogue: Old Way (pre-1990) and New Way. Old Way is characterized by formation of lines, symmetry, precision in the execution of such formations and graceful, fluid like action. New Way is characterized by a more rigid, geometric pattern movement coupled with "clicks" (limb contortions at the joints) and "arms control" (slight of hand and wrist illusions). Vogue also encompasses other forms of dance and movement, namely modern jazz, ballet, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, breakdance, yoga, etc. Some dance historians even point out that breakdance and vogue evolved out of each other, 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.
Voguing has evolved since its beginning and continues to be developed further as an established dance form that is practiced in gay dance clubs in New York, and other big cities throughout the United States--mainly Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami and Chicago.
Though voguing usually takes place in gay clubs frequented by African Americans and Latin American males, it is also practiced by a small number of non-gay individuals and outside of the club scene. Formal competitions occur in the form of balls held by houses or collectives of dancers and performers.
Some influential houses include the House of Xtravaganza, the House of Revlon, the House of Ninja, the House of Infiniti, the House of Aviance and the House of Milan.
See also: hip hop; breakdancing; Madonna (pop singer) --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vogue [Oct 2004]
VogueingVogueing was a style of dance that emerged in New York in early 1990. It was inspired - as the name suggests- by standing in the middle of a nightclub striking the poses favoured by fashion models. Madonna was credited with popularising the 'dance' across the world by both writing a song about it, and vogueing in her video. --http://www.balls.houseofenigma.net/what_vogue.html [2003|offline]
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