Youth Events

Beginner Vogue Workshops

image of Twysted Miyake-Mugler

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@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Youth Events

Beginner Vogue Workshops

Wednesdays, July 7 - August 25, 3 pm
Zoom

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 got his start with dance at the age of 8, where he was in a hip hop dance group at Firgrove community centre, in Jane & Finch. At the age of 16, he was introduced to an entirely new form of dance that embraced the femininity of black gay men, something he had never been exposed to before: The art of Vogue. He joined the Canadian House of Monroe as a founding member, and competed at his first ball in July 2008, where he won the “Virgin Vogue” category at Detroit Pride. Since then he has won balls in locally & in Western New York, and is now a Canadian ballroom pioneer organizing balls in Toronto & Montreal. In January 2013, he was inducted into the NYC Iconic House of Miyake-Mugler as the First International member.

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