18 de julio de 2019
Hispanic World

Spread of vogue dancing unites Mexico's LGTB community

Mexico City, Apr 24 (epa-efe).- A decade ago, the vogue dancing scene was unknown in Mexico, but it has become a true cultural phenomenon spreading bonds of support among members of the country's LGTB community.

Mexico City, Apr 24 (epa-efe).- A decade ago, the vogue dancing scene was unknown in Mexico, but it has become a true cultural phenomenon spreading bonds of support among members of the country's LGTB community.

With powerful catwalk-style poses, rapid hand movements and dramatic backflips, Mexican vogue dancers challenge stereotypes, dispel prejudice and make the most of the femininity of the human form.

The highly stylized genre, which evolved from ballroom dancing, consists of participants competing on stage, an MC who introduces the show and a team of judges who rate the performances.

Arturo Leija, a dancer who runs a ballroom in downtown Mexico City, tells EFE that vogue practitioners form groups called houses, led by a "father" or "mother" who provides them with moral and sometimes economic support.

"A house is a group of people, I would like to say friends, but beyond that, it's like a family you choose, people who you connect with," he says.

The group led by the 24-year-old Leija, The Royal House of Milan, has paid for members to travel abroad for competitions.

The influence that these houses have in the expansion of vogue is reflected in the growing number of participants in events, where dancers challenge members of other houses for top honors in categories including most-beautiful face, best costume, outstanding physique and boldest dance steps.

Arturo attributes the increasing popularity of vogue, whose origins go back to New York in the 1980s, to wider exposure via high-profile artists and television.

"It has evolved a lot. There are already many scenes, they brought international instructors, there are already a lot of people who do not belong to any house and come to dance, there are a lot of people teaching it, both as a style and as a culture," Leija says.

Another dancer who has seen the phenomenon evolve is Anuar Alvarado, better known as "Any Funk," one of the pioneers who brought the style to Mexico from New York.

Alvarado, a member of the jury for the event organized by Leija, founded one of the first houses in Mexico, House of Machos, more than five years ago, when voguing was still largely unknown in the country.

"We all had something in common, and not only the LGBT topic. Heterosexual people, women, men also lived with us," the mother of House of Machos says.

In the beginning there were only a handful of houses, while today there are around 20 across Mexico, he says.

It was in the United States where Alvarado, 30, experienced the original vogue scene.

"I began to learn and I began to study it more when I was teaching it, specifically to children between the ages of 13 and 15," Anuar says.

In addition to spreading the knowledge of vogue to students of all ages, the teacher also speaks about diversity at university forums and seminars.

"For me it is like an additional mission, which is going to speak at universities, giving interviews, giving lectures talking about diversity with totally different people," he says.

At forums, the openly gay Anuar finds himself sitting on panels alongside transsexual women, drag queens and psychologists.

By Ariel T. Rodriguez

Histórico de noticias
Eden Pastora: Leaders-turned-dissidents derailed Nicaraguan revolution

By Luis Felipe Palacios

US House votes to hold AG Barr, Commerce Sect. Ross in contempt

Washington, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Attorney General William Barr...

Bolivia's Torrez hopes she'll win Pan Am swimming medal in Lima

By Yolanda Salazar

Serra Pelada: 40 years of gold fever that devastated the Amazon jungle

By Alba Santandreu

Brazil promises to keep alive Mercosur's push that garnered EU pact

By Natalia Kidd

5 Killed in drug rehab center in western Mexico

Mexico City, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- Five men were shot and killed at a drug rehabilitation center in Morelia, capital of the western Mexican state of Michoacan,...

Guatemalan migrants return from US with complaints re treatment in shelters

By Emiliano Castro Saenz

Ecuadorian women scientists slam gender gap in their profession

By Christian A. Sanchez

Trump refuses to criticize Turkey after Ankara buys Russian missiles

Washington, Jul 16 (EFE).- President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to criticize the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Pentagon blocked...

Los Angeles, Jul 16 (epa-efe).- "Game of Thrones" on Tuesday racked up a record 32 Emmy Award nominations, thus becoming the series that has received the...

Mexican nature preserve could take 200 years to recover from fire damage

By Lourdes Cruz

Paraguay taxi drivers again at war with Uber

Asuncion, Jul 16 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of taxi drivers suspended their service this Tuesday to again drive through the streets of Asuncion with a long...

Dried-up Aculeo Lagoon shows the woes of climate change in Chile

By Alberto Peña

Trump doubles down on tweets against Democratic congresswomen

By Lucia Leal.

Princess Mako thanks Bolivia for 120 years welcoming Japanese migrants

La Paz, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Princess Mako of Japan thanked Bolivia this Monday for the welcome it has extended over the past 120 years to Japanese migrants...

Mexico rules out being safe third country for migrants despite Trump's order

Mexico City, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard on Monday ruled out that his country would become a "safe third country" for...

Salvadoran woman charged with abortion says she is innocent

Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Twenty-one-year-old Salvadoran Evelyn Hernandez said Monday that she is innocent of aggravated murder for...

Billionaire Buffett's real estate unit joins forces with Spain's LARVIA

New York, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate unit of billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. conglomerate,...

Residents of historic Panama neighborhood fight gentrification

By Maria M.Mur.

Pressure mounts for Puerto Rico governor's resignation amid scandal

San Juan, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Pressure is mounting in Puerto Rico for Gov. Ricardo Rossello to resign after the revelation of the contents of private online...

Trump says tariffs taking a toll on China's economy

Washington, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump said Monday that the tariffs imposed by his administration were taking a toll on China's economy,...

Barry weakens over Louisiana, but flooding alert remains in place

Washington, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- Tropical Storm Barry weakened to a tropical depression as it crossed the state of Louisiana on Sunday, heading...

San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico's Pompeii buried by Paricutin volcano

By Manuel Soberanes Cobo

Khya, a baby kangaroo being raised by humans in western Mexican city

By Mariana Gonzalez