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Learn Vogue From The Legendary Cesar Valentino & Then Strut at a Ball

silhouette of woman voguing

This is your chance to learn the Black queer and trans art form from one of ball culture's pioneers — and you can join the Vogue Workshop & Mini Ball from whereever you are!

Join ballroom icon and dance pioneer Cesar Valentino for a special online Vogue Workshop & Mini Ball just in time for Pride. The virtual class takes place Wednesday, June 23, through the Ailey Extension of the American Dance Theater in New York City. The cost is for the fully online 90-minute class is just $20. A Zoom account is necessary to participate, but no previous experience voguing or dancing is necessary.

Valentino will provide a virtual primer to students on vogue basics, along with classic and current trends in runway modeling. These include dipping, popping, and spinning, while also building confidence in an affirming, nonjudgmental environment.

Cesar Valentino voguing with two other black men in 1989Cesar Valentino (white shirt), Derrick Xtravaganza Huggins, and Fidel vogue at the Copacabana nightclub, New York City 1989.


What better way to show off your newly obtained voguing skills than by waling in your own mini-ball extravaganza! Students will bring it to the runway and show off what they’ve learned in a supportive and body-affirming experience, with trophies awarded for best runway and best vogue. Be sure to wear Pride-est rainbow colors because there will also be a special award for the best dressed participant in Pride colors.

You can sign up or learn more about the Online Vogue Workshop & Mini Ball at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater website (  The late Black gay dancer Alvin Ailey forever disrupted the dance world in 1958 with a group of young African-American modern dancers. The company continues Ailey's commitment to celebrating the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of American modern dance.

Registered Online Vogue Workshop & Mini Ball students will receive an email with a personal Zoom link one hour before the start of class. Download Zoom prior to class time.

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Donald Padgett

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.