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Know Your Status – Stars, Statements and Legends!

The quest for Ballroom status has always been a contentious debate, Who deserves it? Who is worthy of it? These statuses are divvied out like a royal court passing out favors to their subjects. If you play the game right, talk to the right people, say the right things, be in the right house you might be favored. 

I know this first hand because I too have been a victim of this ballroom political dance. 

Looking through some old notes (in all fairness I’m truly a info pack rat I keep EVERYTHING!) I came across some notes on The Ballroom Status project that was spearheaded by Jamal Milan and agreed upon by the majority of house leaders at the time of this debate. 

I was wondering to myself how many of the people today that are deemed Star, Statement, Legend or Icons actually meets the criteria set forth.  

 

So here are the criteria:

 

                                                    2010 BALLROOM STATUS CRITERIA

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STAR – You are a BEGINNER in your talent/category! 

  • Anyone that walks virgin and/or regular categories for 1-2 years or more.
  • You are just learning your talents (DJing, Commentating or Category)
  • You have won MAJOR balls in that time frame.
  • You have made it to the last battle and/or left a memorable impression on the runway.
  • You have created a ballroom buzz about yourself and people are noticing you.

 

STATEMENT – You are ADMIRED for your talent/category!

  • You have walked 1 or more categories or have been doing your talent for 3-5 years or more.
  • You have won A LOT of MAJOR balls in that time frame.
  • You may have or may not have received honorary ballroom awards for your contributions in the scene.
  • You have made it to the last battle and/or created memorable moments on the ballroom runway within that time frame.
  • You are becoming well-known in the ballroom scene.
  • You may have or may not have judged a major/mini ball.
  • You are paying your dues, earning respect and recognition within the ballroom scene for your wins and the moments that you have created on the runway for your talent/category.

 

LEGEND – You are a MASTER of your talent/category!

  • You have conquered your talent or 1 or more categories for 6-10 years or more.
  • You have won MANY MAJOR balls in that time frame from STATE to STATE.
  • You are looked at as a Leader by your peers.
  • You are very well-known in the ballroom scene for the MANY wins and MANY moments that you have created on the runway for your talent/category.
  • You may have or may not have been a parent of a house or a parent in a house.
  • You may have or may not have judged major/mini balls.
  • You may have or may not have thrown major/mini balls.
  • You may have or may not have accomplishments outside of the ballroom scene that pertain to your talent/category.
  • You may have or may not have received honorary ballroom awards for your contributions in the scene.
  • You can STILL walk and WIN balls OR make it to the last battle over the old/new competition in your category to this day.
  • Your name is a ballroom household name based off of the things that you have done on the runway.
  • You are often imitated by others, spoken highly of and/or even feared when it comes to your talent/category because of all that you have accomplished with it.

 

ICON – You are the BLUEPRINT of your talent/category!

  • You have been involved within the ballroom scene for 20 years and beyond.

. You go above and beyond the affiliation of your house and concentrate on bettering the overall ballroom community.

  • You have won countless trophies throughout the years for 1 or more categories.
  • You  DO NOT have to walk balls anymore if you do not want to because you have created a ballroom LEGACY of your own within the ballroom scene.
  • You have received honorary ballroom awards for your contributions in the scene.
  • You are often imitated by others, spoken highly of and/or even feared when it comes to your talent/category because of all that you have done with it.
  • You have created a LEGACY within your talent/category and/or you have created a LEGACY within the ballroom scene and/or the LGBT community.
  • You are VERY well-respected and looked at in the highest regard by many of your peers.
  • You are a PIONEER within your talent/category and/or the ballroom scene.
  • You have gone above and beyond for your talent/category and/or even changed the game when it comes to your talent/category.
  • Your name is and will FOREVER be stamped within ballroom history based on the wins, moments, accomplishments and LEGACY that you have created within the ballroom scene for your talent/category.

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So do people really know their status and do they meet the criteria? For the actual notes from this project you can read them here Ballroom Status Project.

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