Beginner Vogue Workshops
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Beginner Vogue Workshops
Want to learn how to vogue dance from the legendary vogue pioneer Twysted? These beginner-level workshops will cover the five elements of vogue fem, ending each week with a ball. Kiki’s Lounge encourages anyone who wants their first voguing experience to participate.
All are welcome to come regardless of age, sexuality or level. Vogue is a style of dance that arose from the gay and transgender Black and Latinx communities in ballrooms across Harlem from the 1960s - 1980s. In Toronto, Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance has been actively connecting and engaging LGBTQ+POC youth through vogue classes since 2013. In response to the Warhol series on exhibition entitled “Ladies and Gentlemen” , which features anonymous painted portraits of Black and Latinx gay and trans folk, these vogue workshops aim to counter that anonymity by offering free online vogue workshops with Vogue dancing pioneer Twysted.
The mission of the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance is to provide LGBT+POC youth opportunities and activities that build positive relationships, strengthen the community-at-large and develop their self-esteem/confidence. In 2013, we formed a youth leadership council that is open to all members of the TKBA youth community. This gives youth an opportunity to be impactful, by creating programming and developmental strategies that will benefit the entire community. The TKBA is built on leaders who demonstrate positive peer mentorship skills and are knowledgeable and passionate about ballroom and community. Although the TKBA is primarily an arts-based grassroots organization, we have established important connections with vital community organizations that serve our community such as Black CAP, Supporting Our Youth, The 519, YouthLine and more! Our leaders are always learning, so our community is always benefitting.
Twysted Miyake-Mugler is a house founder, house father, teacher, activist, advocate and emissary of Canadian ballroom. Founder of the kiki house of Siriano, and Canadian/Midwest Father of the Iconic New York-based House of Miyake-Mugler, he’s competed, walked, hosted and taught across North America throughout his voguing career stretching over a decade. Twysted is also the founder of the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance and a consultant for the MTL Kiki Ballroom Alliance & Capital City Kiki Ballroom Alliance (Ottawa), organizations that work towards introducing youth to ballroom culture in safe space, alcohol-free environments, including workshop nights at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montréal’s Never Apart and the University of Ottawa. Other work includes his involvement with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, disseminating information and building networks amongst QPOC people. His presence in Toronto’s queer and Canadian ballroom scenes is foundational – the work of a true pioneer. In January of 2021, he launched “The Plot Twyst” to share pieces of his life to the world.