Mérida, Yucatán — Madonna made it almost mainstream in 1990, the same year “Paris Is Burning” documented voguing, a style of ballroom dance rooted in the 1960s Harlem underground dance scene.
Now, vogue culture has come to Mérida, being discovered by women who want to express a assertive, big-attitude style that appealed to gay black and Latino men and the drag community when voguing exploded in the mid-1980s.
Combining the style of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Vogue magazine model poses, voguing is known for its angular and rigid arm, leg and body movements.
Today, the broader culture around the world find voguing empowering and up-lifting.
“The mission is to promote the practice of vogue with a feminist vision, to build an ethic of caring for others within the framework of the ballroom and the aesthetics of vogue,” explains House of Apocalipstick in a statement.
House of Apocalipstick has organized workshops called Fundamentos del Vogue and Sex Siren, with long-established dancers in the field, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Tumáka’t dance hall, Calle 51 #475 between 54 and 52, Centro.
No previous experience is necessary to attend the workshops. The House of Apocalipstick also maintains ongoing activities in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla and Monterrey.
The workshop costs 500 pesos, or 700 pesos for two people.
That night, at 10, the same organization will host a ball at Noox Azcorra, Calle 28, No. 594, in Col. Azcorra. Balls are themed parties with Voguing competitions.
In this edition, the organizers pay homage to the Mexican surrealist painter, Remedios Varo (1908-1963). General admission is 60 pesos until 11 p.m., when it’s 80 pesos.