Even if you don’t immediately recognize the name Leiomy Maldonado, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her signature dance move “The Leiomy Lolly” in music videos from Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.
And if you still have no clue, you have a chance to find out Friday night at DePaul University’s first-ever vogue showcase, where Maldonado will be the featured performer.
Maldonado has become the face of voguing--a dance that was popularized in the gay community in the late ‘70s and ‘80s and features quick, graceful movements that often imitate model poses--since competing with Vogue Evolution on the fourth season of “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
DePaul’s LGBTQ student group Spectrum DePaul wanted to bring voguing to the university not only to highlight its significance within the gay, lesbian, and queer community but also to show the school a fun event that most people have never seen before.
Maldonado will perform along with student voguers and other Chicago dancers from the local dance scene. Because of Maldonado’s significance within the vogue community, Spectrum co-president and graduating senior Jessica McGlory, 22, said she is expecting a huge turnout.
McGlory hopes the showcase will be a nice contrast to the drag shows DePaul hosts on a regular basis.
“Drag shows have tremendously gone up in popularity at colleges and universities, so I just think it’s time that voguing got the same type of recognition,” McGlory said. “It really showcases so many different people within the LGBT community and gives them a voice. We’re just excited to give them a university platform to show off their skills.”
The vogue showcase is free (with a $7 suggested donation for non-DePaul students) and open to the public. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in DePaul’s atrium.
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