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THE FIRST ANNUAL: POSH BALL
Van Vogue Jam in partnership with Vancouver Pride Society presents
THE FIRST ANNUAL: POSH BALL
Online Kiki Ball
WATCH THE BALL ONLINe
Vancouver Ballroom is going ONLINE for our second year with The First Annual Posh Ball!
In collaboration with Vancouver Pride Society this is a free/by donation ball, with 50% of all donations will be donated to Q Chat Space:
A peer support line and resource database for LGBTQ2S youth in British Columbia, Canada.
SATURDAY JULY 31, 2020 - ONLINE
New Media Support by Chimerik 似不像
PST - YVR, Seattle, Portland, LA: 6pm-11pm
EST - Toronto, Montreal, NYC: 9pm-2am
PHT - Manila : 9am-2pm
This is a free/by donation event
Once you have made a donation as a spectator or competitor you will receive the ball's online link closer to ball date. Link will also be available day of the ball.
Purchase your tickets online www. vanvoguejam.com
CATEGORIES - Cash Prizes available!
All Categories are OTA (Open to All) unless otherwise stated.
Category breakdown coming soon!
Online Guidelines for Competitors:
1. Must register for category(ies) by JULY 31st (12pm PST) in order to walk category.
2. Each category may be subject to close registration, based on the amount of competitors per category.
3. We will be using ZOOM
*Horizontal orientation preferred. You will be asked to log into the meeting 1hr prior to your category start time. If possible, a strong wifi connection will be preferred.
4. Please change your name to correspond to your Stage/Ballroom name.
5. You can use any space available to you - In your own home, outdoors, etc. Please have a clear background/floor/space and be cautious of what your wearing so you don't blend in with your background (Black pants, with black background)
6. Be aware of lighting and make sure we can see you *Especially for FACE
7. All winners will be transferred money via PayPal or e-transfer and will be converted from its original CAD dollar.
8. Contact [email protected] for any questions
Please contact VVJ for more information at [email protected]
TO ALL COMPETITORS:
Please come prepared knowing what to expect. If you are walking in a category for the first time PLEASE do your research and understand that there can only be one winner per category.
Look up videos on youtube, come to a VVJ session, look at the resources on www.vanvoguejam.com, reach out to us by e-mail or on Instagram at @VANVOGUEJAM. Please use the resources around you to be prepared. We also encourage you to ask us for feedback before you compete so that you feel strong going into the ball.
We want everyone to have fun, to feel they were able to serve their best, and we want everyone to have a fair chance at competing but you WILL be chopped during your 10s and unable to compete if you are unprepared.
Ballroom culture, drag ball culture, the house-ballroom community, and similar terms describe an underground queer subculture in which people "walk" (i.e., compete), perform, dance, lip-sync, and model in different categories, which are designed to simultaneously epitomize and satirize gender constructs, occupations, and social classes, while also offering an escape from reality. Category participants are required to “walk” one by one to receive full approval from all judges, known as ‘receiving your 10s’. Competitors are judged on their abilities, “effect” (costumes, appearance, theatrics, presentation), and perceived “realness” (embodied and/or visual believability, authenticity). Those who make their 10s battle one on one against each other for trophies, prizes, and glory.
BALLROOM culture emerged in the late 1960s in New York City, birthed by the Black and Latinx LGBTQ2S+ community who were excluded from the drag pageant world of white America. The development of the Ballroom scene created safe and inclusive spaces for these communities to explore and experience life styles from which they were excluded due to systemic oppression.
VOGUE is a freestyle competitive dance form that utilizes 5 key elements in an improvised battle with other competitors. Currently (although open to interpretation within various vogue communities), the five popular elements of Vogue Performance are catwalk, hands, duckwalk, spins and dips, and floor performance.
“For decades, ballroom, ball or house culture has been a way for queer blacks and Latinos to live their best lives – that is, to figure out how to respond to a society that devalued their lives and attempted to erase their presence. Through elaborate performances incorporating and commenting on race, class and gender, the ball community has historically reflected the American Dream and one’s exclusion from it.” - Les Fabian Brathwaith (Quote from Rolling Stones).
An event that hosts a series of competitive categories, each with their own focus. Having been birthed in NYC by communities of Queer Black and Latinex people out of a need for safe nightlife spaces due to the discrimination they faced, balls are typically centred around creating safe space for LGBTQIA2+ POC.
Spectators, competitors, and judges, come together to celebrate people within their communities and compete against each other in different categories. Some of the most popular categories are Vogue Performance, Sex Siren, Hands, Runway, Bazaar, and Face. Each of these categories have specific requirements, and competitors are judged by a panel on how well they accomplish them. Before competing against others, category participants are required to “walk” one by one to receive full approval from all judges, known as ‘receiving your 10s’. Competitors who make their 10s battle one on one against each other to impress the judges until there is one winner.
**LAND/CULTURAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT & CONSENT**
We would like to acknowledge that we are coming together virtually to celebrate on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.
As an organization that is founded by non Black and Latinx people we acknowledge our ongoing need to question and reflect on how we navigate practicing our ballroom scene here in Vancouver, BC. We know we do not have all the answers and are always looking to be better. We are always seeking and open to how we can better support the Queer/Trans Black and Brown folks that founded the culture we love and share through VVJ.
Creating safe space has always been at the heart of ballroom culture and we hope that this event can be a safe space for everybody to enjoy.
Oppressive attitudes and behaviours including but not limited to misogyny, transphobia, racism, fat phobia, ableism, and general bigotry are not welcome here.
Racism, Anti-Blackness, homophobia, transphobia and sexism are ongoing battles that are being experienced in America, Canada and the rest of the world. We all have a lot of work to do in the ongoing fight for equality and have compiled a list of resources to help you support, donate, educate and take action to help you wherever you may be in your continued unlearning/relearning process.
If there are ways VVJ can better create an inclusive and safe space please do inform us by e-mail at [email protected] so that we may listen to your input and improve on this for future events.