The Latex Ball June 22, 2019
June 22 @ 10:00 pm - June 23 @ 6:00 am EDT
The Latex Ball
Heavenly bodies are natural celestial objects, visible in the sky, such as stars, planets, comets, the Moon and the Sun but we’re not talking about those. We are talking about those whose names we speak. Those who shine like stars in the heavens and whose creativity beam like the sun, but we lost too soon. It’s never easy thinking about those who have passed, especially those who have touched our lives in significant ways. In ballroom, we have lost an abundant amount of legends, icons, stars, statements and spectators due to AIDS, transphobia, and other challenges that plague our community. Tonight, we want to pay homage to those we will never forget.
(CASH PRIZES WILL BE POSTED SOON)
Women’s Performance – (1 trophy) A ballerina is someone whose passion for the dance rules her life and she is light on her feet as an angel’s feather. During your upcoming performance in a show called Heaven’s Door, you were replaced by another ballerina. Tonight, is your night to prove that they’ve made a mistake. Take out your competition by storming the runway in the form of a wicked angel who is ready to set the stage on fire!!! Who will stay?
Drags Performance – (1 trophy) An angel has always been thought to be one of Gods most precious works. You’re an angel in disguise. Storm the floor in disguise and reveal your angelic look in your performance.
Twist – (1 Trophy) You are a dark angel that has been banished from the Heavens. Bring the look of the dark angel and battle your demons out on the floor. Would you be allowed back into the heavens?
Butch Queen Vogue – (1 Trophy) We saw legendary Kassandra Ebony create his own style of performance by always bringing it 100% energetic and 100% fresh of new forms of stunts, dips and spins. Tonight, we pay tribute to Kassandra by bringing the spirit of his performance on the legendary Latex runway. Mini Grand 1, $1000
Fem Queen Performance – (1 Trophy) Traditions are passed on in ballroom from generation to generation. FQ performance showcased some of our most important figures in ballroom, Kristina, Sania, Allyssa, Latisha, and Ashley, to name a few. These ladies opened doors for the future FQ’s who would later become the showstopping legends themselves, like YOLANDA!! Tonight, we celebrate Yolanda and all that she has done in the name of FEM QUEEN performance. Bring it in the classic cat-suit and bone-snatched pony tail. Mini Grand 2, $1000
Old Way – (1 Trophy) Remember the days when Pop, Dip and Spin was the only way? Bring us any look of yesterday and take us on a ride! In the name of the Old Way Pioneers.
OTA Legendary vs. Icon Performance – (2 Trophies) Just bring it. Only one cash winner.
New Way – (1 Trophy) We give our roses to those who are still here to receive them. Back in the day these icons, Derrick, Jose, Stanley, Aviance and Stiffy reigned supreme in New Way. They gave us extraordinary performances and stretch. Tonight, bring it in their honor. Perhaps the icons will grace the floor themselves.
Big Girls Performance – (1 Trophy) You are awakened in heaven. You’re confused. You don’t know why you’re there but you’re not ready to be there. You call upon the gods for your release back to Earth. First, you must impress them with your performance, and only then will you be granted back to Earth.
(4 Trophies) Behind the velvet rope at the Costume Institute your fans applauded your every pump and pose, while you were adorned in religiously-inspired couture floating over the red carpet leading into the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Interpretations of the religious, medieval and Holy Warriors were the center-pieces of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition. Tonight, you are the master at the MET. We want DRAMA! Do your research!
Butch Queen – (1 Trophy) Hector Xtravaganza was an all-around butch queen in his day, one of them being a runway star, model’s effect. Lately we have seen the clip in glorious black and white of Hector pumping in a gown-suit. At the Academy Awards, Billy Porter pumped the red carpet in Hector’s look, reminding us of his influence in fashion and pop culture. Tonight, bring the innovative spirit of Hector by creating your own interpretation of the now infamous tuxedo gown suit. Mini Grand 3, $1000
All American – (1 Trophy) The great Gender Bender! Tonight, we are redefining the rigid, binary definitions of clothing and gender in fashion on the runway. Bring us avant-garde or the interpretative styles of Alessandro Trincone, Rad Hourani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Palomo, Rei Kawakubo or any other way that showcases your gender-bending fantasies.
Best Dressed (2 trophies, 1 male figure, 1 female figure)
Labels (2 trophies, 1 male figure, 1 female figure)
Angels in America (3 Trophies)
Butch Queen Face
The Broadway play Angels in America was a complex story that was groundbreaking in the early 1990s. The story, set in the 1980s, was intense, a symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America. Tonight, we pay homage to this pioneering play. You are the breathtaking angel that appears to those who need guidance in their lives. Bring us your beauty, and intense presence, as you are a compassionate celestial symbol between God, the heavens and humanity.
(4 trophies) You are the Heavenly Body!
Women’s Team Body
As A House – (4 trophies) In all white.
(1 Trophy) Heavenly bodies are natural celestial objects-visible in the sky, the stars, planets, comets, the moon, and the sun. The creative energy of some of ballroom’s most iconic figures in bizarre, Ross Infiniti, Eric Christian Bizarre and Wally Infiniti, were consumed into this celestial world. Tonight, we pay tribute to them by creating the most out-of-this-world celestial being.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which were a critical point in LGBTQ history. After the riots that took place at New York City’s Stonewall Inn in June 1969, the LGBTQ civil rights movement went from small groups of pioneering activists to a national movement. As we celebrate the World Pride events, let us also remember those in the ballroom from before this critical Stonewall era, and those today who continue to fight for our rights and equality and how long we have come. We welcome everyone to our 29th Latex Ball!
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